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.
Netflix has announced their intent to switch their video player from Silverlight to HTML5, the first implementation of the new player being done in Chrome/Chrome OS, with Windows and Mac OS X following soon.
Telerik recently released RadPivotGrid control that enables you to build Microsoft Excel look and feel applications for WPF and Silverlight.
Infragistics NetAdvantage Reporting 2012 volume 2 includes support for Hierarchical Data and Visual Studio 2012. It also ships with an Enhanced Report Engine and Pagebreak Control.
In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.
Microsoft closed the official Silverlight resource site and redirected it to the MSDN developer center spreading rumours about the end of Silverlight.
Math.NET recently released numerics library with improved F# including support for Windows Phone 8 and vector slicing.