While most of the attention is on .NET Core, work continues on the original .NET Framework. Recently released as a preview, version 4.6.2 is primarily focused on security and WinForms/WPF related features.
A question that keeps coming up is whether or not Blend should be integrated into Visual Studio. The current thought is that it is still better to have separate tools, one focused on UI design tasks and one focused on application development. But that doesn’t mean both can’t be improved.
One of the limiting factors in WPF development is the fact that it is a core component. Since it is shipped with .NET itself, and often the OS, the compatibility requirements are extremely high. By moving to a NuGet distribution model, Microsoft is willing to ease the capability requirement and attempt riskier changes.
Despite rumors to the contrary, WPF development at Microsoft isn’t dead. There are four major areas of investment for WPF in .NET 4.6 and beyond: Performance, DirectX Integration, Supporting Modern Hardware, and Tooling.
Oft-maligned and seemingly ignored by Microsoft, the WPF technology has still remained popular with Windows application developers. Microsoft has announced new plans to improve WPF.
A panel of 9 Microsoft desktop developers were available during a lunch time Q&A. This session was not filmed, but we were able to record some of the WPF questions and Microsoft’s answers.
Though CPUs aren’t getting any faster, other hardware capabilities are rapidly increasing. This is most evident in high DPI displays and the way they shrink legacy applications to the point of illegibility. So for perhaps the first time since the 90’s, future proofing for better monitors is becoming vital.
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.
Extended WPF Toolkit Toolkit v2.0.0 community edition includes enhanced features, 67 improvements, bug fixes, new Windows 8 theme in addition to AvalonDock, WindowContainer and WindowControl control.
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.
Ian Griffiths has published a six part series on when to use, and when not to use, .NET 4.5’s async features with WPF. The series begins with a post titled Too Much, Too Fast with WPF and Async.
Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.