The recently released DevExpress XAML 8 Controls v13.2 provides full support for all the core features of Windows 8.1 with a new PDF viewer, tile, flyout and radial menu controls.
Windows 8.1 ships with new features and improvements with which XAML developers will be able to build unique and responsive applications using Visual Studio 2013. It also adds several new controls and enhancements to project templates.
More features and faster execution speed highlight the advantages of WinJS 2.0. Developers have several new controls to choose from, and many existing controls have improved performance with more features that include better keyboard support and layout options.
The information in part 2 of Threading in the Windows Runtime deals with the internals of the threading model. This section, originally presented by Marytn Lovell at Build 2013, is intended to be trivia or possible useful in debugging, but not necessary for day to day development. For more practical information, please refer to part one of InfoQ’s key points summary.
During the Build 2013 conference Marytn Lovell revealed some of the inner workings of the WinRT threading model. While .NET developers may be surprised at its complexity, especially when multiple windows are involved, traditional COM developers are going to be relieved to learn that it is much simpler than what they are used to.
Though most of the Build conference focused on improvements for the developer and network administrator, there have been some improvements to make the new OS more palatable to the end user as well.
While the development story is still quite muddled, on the operations side Windows 8.1 offers some advantages to the IT department.
When Microsoft announced version 4.5.1 of the .NET Framework, it would have been safe to assume it is a minor point release. That has turned out to be a false assumption, as this update will affect nearly .NET with a slew of performance enhancements, debugging tools, and increased productivity.
Testing is critical, but not enough. This is the theme of Harry Pierson’s session on application reliability in Windows Store apps.
Coverage of Build 2013 continues with the highlights of Day 2's keynote which focused on developers, developers, developers.
Earlier this week it was announced that Windows 8.1 would include native support for 3D printers. Since then more information has been revealed about both application and device driver development. Key to this is the Direct3D runtime and the 3MF spool file format.
Windows 8.1 brings with it a lot of much needed functionality to WinRT (i.e. Windows Store) apps that make is a viable platform for line of business and point of sale applications. These include multiple-window support, USB/Bluetooth integration, and a HTTP stack that is unified with Internet Explorer’s shared cache.