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Multithreading and WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2012 1

WPF 4.5 has improved its support for multi-threaded data binding, but the technique is still risky. This report attempts to explain how it works and what’s involved in using it safely.

Binding Enhancements in WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2011 2

Though it isn’t in the spotlight any more, WPF still continues to be a key-stone for rich client development on Windows. With full access to the .NET libraries and the underlying operating system, no other HTML or .NET-based UI technology can match it. Recognizing its importance, Microsoft is continuing to invest in improving WPF and especially its binding capabilities.

PhoneGap Status: Moving to Apache and Adobe, Plugin Modularization, PhoneGap/Build Service

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 24, 2011 1

Working with PhoneGap is getting easier: Plugins make PhoneGap more modular and extensible for developers. PhoneGap/Build is an online service for automatically building PhoneGap applications for different platforms. InfoQ talked to Nitobi's Brian LeRoux about the technical future of PhoneGap at Adobe and Apache.

Updated:Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation; Continues Fire Sale on Formerly-Core Software

by Charles Humble on  Nov 14, 2011 10

Hot on the heels of news that Adobe is abandoning developing Flash for mobile devices, Adobe has also now announced its intention to donate the Flex SDK to "an established open source foundation".

Oracle Sets Out Two Year Plan for Client-side Java

by Charles Humble on  Oct 21, 2011 2

Given that Oracle is predominantly focused on enterprise software, it has been tempting to assume that the vendor would largely ignore client-side Java. It became clear at JavaOne this year, however, that Oracle is making a renewed push on the desktop, spearheaded by JavaFX. It will also be open-sourcing the entire JavaFX platform via OpenJDK.

JavaFX 2, a Completely New Client Layer for the JavaSE Platform, Now in Public Beta

by Charles Humble on  Jun 07, 2011 1

The first public beta of JavaFX 2.0, Oracle's Java orientated rich client platform, is available for download, along with a beta plugin for NetBeans 7. JavaFX 2 represents a major update to the client-side Java stack, offering an alternative to the entire client layer of the JavaSE platform.

What to look forward to in WPF vNext

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2011 5

With all the focus on Silverlight, and more recently HTML 5, a lot of people have been wondering about the future of WPF. This in quite understandable, as silence from Microsoft’s press machine often means that the project is on hold, possibly forever. However, it could also mean they aren’t ready to reveal what they are working on.

MacRuby Roundup: Ruby Apps Show Up in Mac AppStore, MacRuby in Lion, XCode 4 Support

by Werner Schuster on  Mar 31, 2011

The MacRuby team's busy working towards MacRuby 1.0, recently with the 0.10 release which adds XCode 4 support. Meanwhile, the first applications written using MacRuby have shown up in the Mac AppStore. Also: MacRuby seems to be part of the upcoming "Lion", Mac OS X 10.7.

MonoMac Offers .NET Style APIs for Cocoa Development

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 29, 2011

MonoMac, the newest attempt at creating a GUI toolkit for C# on OS X, has hit its 1.0 release. MonoMac is designed to be much more consistent with other .NET/Mono libraries. This is done by offering a thicker wrapper around the Cocoa APIs that obeys the .NET Framework Design Guidelines.

WPF on Mono? It is a matter of funding.

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 22, 2011 8

Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono project, says that support for Windows Presentation Foundation on Mono is possible, but would require funding for 15 to 20 developers over a period of two to three years. As an alternative he proposes using other toolkits, but they too need community support.

JavaFX 2.0 Will Bring Hardware Accelerated Graphics and Better Licensing Terms to the Platform

by Charles Humble on  Mar 16, 2011 5

Oracle has began to the beta program for JavaFX 2.0, the next version of its Rich Client platform.,with Early Access releases open to members of the JavaFX Partner Program. InfoQ spoke to Richard Bair about the release, and future plans.

A Case for WinForms

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 05, 2011 10

When DevExpress released their roadmap for 2011, WinForms barely got a mention. As a ten year old technology that is basically abandoned by its creator this isn’t too surprising. But what it interesting the amount of negative feedback that generated. A lot of DevExpress’s customers just don’t see WPF or Silverlight as a viable replacement for their major applications.

Google Donates WindowBuilder Pro and CodePro AnalytiX to Eclipse

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 15, 2010 2

Following on from Google's acquisition of Instantiations and their relaunch of WindowBuilder products, Google has announced that they are donating WindowBuilder Pro and CodePro Profiler to Eclipse.org, with an intention to release simultaneously with Eclipse Indigo in June 2011.

Silverlight Is for the Client, HTML5 for the Web

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2010 7

After saying about Silverlight that “our strategy has shifted” at PDC 2010, Bob Muglia attempted to clarify what he meant. Steve Ballmer and Tim Heuer also commented on Silverlight, trying to reassure the community on Microsoft’s commitment to Silverlight, but also pointing to the fact that HTML5 is the solution for cross-platform development, leaving Silverlight to the client and Windows Phone.

A New Crop of Self Hosting IDEs: RedCar and JRuby, Cloud9 IDE and Javascript

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 30, 2010 6

Dynamic languages have a dirty, badly kept secret: their IDEs and tools are written in languages like C/C++, C# or Java. Exceptions were languages like Smalltalk - but now Ruby and Javascript developers get to build their tooling using their preferred languages. InfoQ looks at HTML/Javascript based Cloud9 IDE and JRuby and SWT based RedCar.

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