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Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Silverlight.net Unplugged

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 10, 2012 4

Microsoft closed the official Silverlight resource site and redirected it to the MSDN developer center spreading rumours about the end of Silverlight.

Math.NET Numerics with F#, Intel MKL and Vector Slicing Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 05, 2012

Math.NET recently released numerics library with improved F# including support for Windows Phone 8 and vector slicing.

Studio Enterprise with Localization and Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 03, 2012

ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2012 V3 with new controls for Windows 8, WinRT and existing control suites with support for localization RTF and Visual Studio 2012.

Async/Await Now Available for Windows Phone, Silverlight 4

by Jenni Konrad on  Oct 26, 2012

An updated version of the Async Targeting Pack now provides asynchronous features to Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7.5. It also provides Portable Class Libraries targeting any of the supported platforms, including Silverlight 5 and .NET Framework 4.0.

Async Features Now Available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 30, 2012 5

Microsoft announced the new Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 Beta, which will allow developers to use asynchronous programming features in .NET 4 or Silverlight 5 applications. These features were previously provided in the Async CTP, which is now deprecated.

A Native of Silverlight with Full Hardware Access

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 15, 2012 9

Silverlight for Embedded is not based on .NET; it is a native technology that is programmed with XAML and C++. But it isn’t Windows 8/WinRT either, as it has full access to the underlying hardware and Win32 APIs.

Avoiding Performance Pitfalls With XAML

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Feb 27, 2012 2

The DependencyProperty and DependencyObject which form the building blocks for most XAML features come with a performance cost. An MSDN article “Optimizing C# for XAML Platforms” discusses this in detail along with ways to minimize its impact.

Undo-Redo Frameworks For WPF and Silverlight

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 31, 2012 2

Undo and Redo are commands that are commonly expected by end users and, when well implemented, can improve an application's usability significantly. At least two libraries exist that can help WPF and Silverlight developers for this purpose - a recently announced Undo-Redo framework from Infragistics (CTP) and an open source library called Undo.

Silverlight 5 Security: Designed for the Intranet

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 04, 2012 8

Silverlight was originally seen as a Flash killer, but Flash itself is being replaced by HTML5. It was also seen as a way of delivering cross-platform applications, but iOS made that a non-starter as well. Surprisingly it is thriving in areas that were supposed to be the domain of WPF such as internal business applications and Silverlight 5’s updated security model reflects this.

PhoneGap Now Fully Supports WP7

by Abel Avram on  Dec 20, 2011 2

PhoneGap now supports all native functionality on Windows Phone 7 being on par with iOS and Android.

Silverlight 5 – Full 3D Stack, Better Binding, Enhanced Trust Mode

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 12, 2011

Silverlight 5 has finally been released by Microsoft, with a lot of new features such as full 3d stack with XNA Libraries, several binding related enhancements, unrestricted File System access and more.

Silverlight Has Had a Bumpy Road. Will It Have a Smooth Transition to WinRT?

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2011 8

Microsoft had a great vision for Silverlight, a framework and a set of tools that would dominate the web development landscape, but it fell short of that. There are rumors there won’t be any Silverlight 6. If that happens, how easy is for the Silverlight developer to transition to WinRT? Some numbers show that it is pretty easy.

WCF Data Services October CTP Updates OData Libraries, Adds Spatial Data Types

by Jenni Konrad on  Oct 28, 2011

Microsoft has released the WCF Data Services October CTP, which targets .NET 4 and Silverlight 4. This update includes new libraries for OData version 3, and adds support for spatial data.

Microsoft has Abandoned Silverlight and All Other Plugins in Metro IE

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 15, 2011 23

Though it has been hard, we have been trying to avoid reporting on rumors about the death of Silverlight for quite some time. As in all things, rumors tend to be exaggerated or out-right false. Unfortunately the end of Silverlight is no rumor; if Microsoft doesn’t change course it, as well as Flash and other plugin technologies, will be effectively unusable when Windows 8 is released.

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