…and I’m spent

It’s been more than a month since I last posted, but I had a good reason for my absence.

The WPF project I’m involved in for my day job has been going along swimmingly, and nearly all of my off hours time has been going into the D2X DWG/DXF to XAML Conversion Toolkit. I’m really happy with where it’s at right now, although there is still a tremendous amount of work I could sink into it. A while back I blogged about giving back to the developer community – D2X is my attempt to do just that, in my own small way.

I started D2X in response to the challenge posed by Microsoftie Mike Swanson – the WPF/XAML Conversion Contest. Once I started, things just started to roll on their own. One of the target formats specified in the contest outline was DXF, for 3D content. I started at that point, but decided to push towards what developers and CAD users would find most useful – both DWG and DXF support, in both 2D and 3D flavors. Aside from that decision, the decision I’m happiest with was the decision to take the time to put together supporting documentation, and the sample application – these ‘last steps’ are the kind of steps that really help developers understand, and ’embrace and extend’ new functionality.

So, if you’re even remotely interested in some mixture of CAD and WPF, check out the D2X Toolkit, and let me know what you think. I’m not finished with this – not by a long shot.

Oh, and if you happen to be my wife, thank you for being so considerate about all the household chores I haven’t done since this project captured my attention – I owe you bigtime…:)

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4 Responses to …and I’m spent

  1. Lazarus Lang says:

    I’ve yet to play with it, but I’ve downloaded it and from your descriptions it sounds very promising. Now for some off-time to actually get down to grips with this 🙂

  2. Thanks! If you run into any issues, or wish there was something else D2X could do, I’d love to hear about it.

  3. […] Just in case you haven’t been following along, the WPFXAML Conversion Tool Contest deadline was October 27th.  Yesterday, the winners were announced, and my DWG/DXF to XAML Conversion Toolkit took the overall award!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took D2X in a direction that went beyond the contest judging criteria, choosing to spend some significant time on 2D DWG and DXF conversion.  Ultimately, I felt this functionality would be more useful, even if focusing on it were to reduce my chances of winning somewhat.  I ended up having to cram all of the development into roughly 3 weeks worth of nights and weekends, made up of equal parts “geeky fun” and “exhausting late night coding”.  While I’m (mostly) happy with what I was able to get done in that time period, winning was definitely an unexpected, but welcome surprise. […]

  4. Coal says:

    Is it posible to get a copy of your conversion tool Dwg2Xaml. There doesn’t seem to be anyplace that you can download it from.

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