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Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 5

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.

XAML Spy 2.0.5 Adds Add App Wizard and Feature Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 09, 2014

XAML Spy has released updates for the month of January with support for Add App Wizard with the ability to navigate installed apps by selecting the Show All Apps button in the XAML Spy Explorer toolbar. The latest release also enables you to activate and disable XAML Spy for multiple projects at a time.

Nevron Open Vision Enables Cross Platform Application Development with Windows, WPF and Silverlight

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 31, 2013

The recently released Nevron Open Vision enable development of cross platform presentation layer applications with support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) and Silverlight. It will be soon updated to support Mac OS, iOS, Android and WinRT.

RadControls for WPF and Silverlight Q2 2013 SP1 with Entity Framework 6 Support and Several Features

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 06, 2013

Telerik has released RadControls for WPF and Silverlight Q2 2013 SP1 with the ability to change application icon set during runtime in addition to support for Entity Framework 6. It also provides an ability to pass event arguments to command when using Telerik EventToCommandBehavior in addition to several new features and improvements.

Google Releases Dart 1.0

by Zef Hemel on  Nov 14, 2013

Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.

XAML Spy is Now Free

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 10, 2013

First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.

Chrome to Drop Support for NPAPI Plugins Including Java, Silverlight, and Unity

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 24, 2013

Stating that “NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity”, Google intends to remove the Netscape Plug-in API. This is the plug-in technology used host application runtimes such as Silverlight, Java, and Unity. They are beginning the process in January by disabling all plugins not a small whitelist.

Announcing Open RIA Services

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 10, 2013

WCF RIA Services will soon be rereleased under the Apache 2 license as Open RIA Services. In preparation for this some functionality is being dropped from Visual Studio 2013.

Multi-Touch Behaviors Package for Windows Phone and Silverlight Now Available on NuGet

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jun 21, 2013

Davide Zordan has recently released a new package on NuGet which enables developers to build Windows Phone 8 and Silverlight applications enabled with gesture behaviors.

API Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 20, 2013

First Floor Software has just released an updated version of their Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. These updated lists make it easy to see what classes and method are available when moving code from one platform to another.

Project and Class Templates for Prism and Prism with Unity

by Jonathan Allen on  May 30, 2013

Building Windows Store apps using Prism can be a rather tedious and error prone endeavor. When using it correctly, practically all models and views have to have their base classes replaced with Prism alternatives. To make things easier on developers, David Britch has released a set of project and class templates for Prism and Prism with Unity.

A Portable HTTP Client for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2013

Until recently, one of the problems with sharing code across .NET, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Store is the inability to make HTTP requests. Each framework supports one or more HTTP clients, but they are incompatible each other at an API level. The Portable HTTP Client package adds an adapter to paper over these differences.

Phil Japikse on Telerik DevTools for .NET Q2 2013

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 25, 2013 1

Telerik has announced the roadmap for DevTools for .NET Q2 2013 which includes addition of new controls and features to their Ajax, Windows Forms, Reporting, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 product suites.

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