Telerik RadControls for Windows 8 XAML Q3 2013 includes RadRadialMenu and it helps you to create circular menus for both desktop and touch platforms. The control enables you to create both standalone and context menus.
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.
The recently released ReSharper 8.0 includes support for Visual tudio 2013, XAML, Blue Theme first, IntelliSense, multifile templates including a command line tool, CSS improvements and several bug fixes.
Microsoft has announced the new Blend for Visual Studio 2012, a tool to design user interfaces for HTML and XAML applications in Windows Store 8. All versions of Visual Studio 2012 come with Blend, including Express.
Microsoft has published a paper named “Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps”. This includes several suggestions for remaining responsive, ensuring fluid animations, improving startup time, consuming lesser resources and more. We present a summary here.
In the article “Develop your app for everyone–localize your UI”, Tim Heuer shows how to localize the language of a Windows 8 .NET App along with various tools that can help in the process.
Microsoft has published the specifications for the XAML programming language. This includes XAML, XAML 2009, and the extensions that are specific to Silverlight and WPF. For reasons that are not quite clear, the specifications for the Visual Basic for Applications language is also included.
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.
Simon Cropp has released an IL weaving tool that wires property changed notifications into automatically implemented properties. IL weaving is a technique in which the IL code in an assembly is rewritten to add functionality.
PhoneGap now supports all native functionality on Windows Phone 7 being on par with iOS and Android.
Visual Studio 2010 comes with a feature they call the “Binding Builder”. This tool, launched from the properties pane, helps developers quickly construct XAML bindings for WPF and Silverlight. But without some help, it doesn’t work when the data context is only set at runtime. Karl Shifflett shows how to work around this using design-time markup extensions.
Silverlight 4 was released back in April without essential development tools.Recently it was announced that Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 is ready. In addition to basic Silverlight 4 support and templates for RIA Services, there are many IDE enhancements to make working with Silverlight, WPF, and XAML easier.
WPF developers often find themselves with an unappetizing choice. They have to either pollute their code-behind files with special case logic or create value converter classes, most of which will only be used once. PyBinding offers a third option, embedding small scripts right inside the XAML.