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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has released the final version of Microsoft.Bcl.Async. This package allows developers using .NET 4, Silverlight 4, and Windows Phone 7.5 to use the async features found in C# 5 and VB 11.