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Integrate SkyDrive with .NET and Windows Phone 8 SDK

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 21, 2012 2

Microsoft recently released software development kit which enables developers to integrate SkyDrive into .NET and Windows Phone 8 applications.

Docking For WPF– AvalonDock

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 08, 2012

AvalonDock is a .NET library that can be used to arrange a series of WPF/WinForms controls into a docking layout. And the newly released version natively supports MVVM, Aero Snap and has better performance.

WPF 4.5 Brings Various Improvements

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 21, 2012

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 4.5 brings several new features to developers in a midsize upgrade.

New Asynchronous Features Enhance .NET Framework 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 11, 2012

.NET Framework 4.5 Beta not only brings the Async/Await keywords and language simplifications to C# and Visual Basic, but also adds asynchronous methods to several common I/O and data access functions. New asynchronous features are available in ASP.NET 4.5, WCF, and WPF as well.

WPF Table View, a Lightweight Data Grid Built for Performance

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 26, 2012

We spoke with Graham Knight about his WPF Table View project. WPF Table View is a lightweight data grid designed to handle very large data sets with 100,000+ rows.

Avoiding Performance Pitfalls With XAML

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Feb 27, 2012

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.

Weak Events in WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 16, 2012 1

.NET 4.5 brings with it a generic version of WeakEventManager for WPF developers. In addition to not needing the event-specific subclass, this version also dispenses with the need for listener interfaces.

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.

New Bing Maps WPF Control Includes Touch Capabilities

by Jenni Konrad on  Jan 13, 2012

The Bing Maps Windows Presentation Foundation Control introduces mapping capabilities to WPF via a native control. It includes support for Microsoft Surface, bringing touch features to Bing Maps.

Binding Enhancements in WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2011

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.

Windows 8 Replaces the Win32 API

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 13, 2011

Windows 8 introduces a new core API called WinRT. This is used to develop Metro style applications using C/C++, .NET, or JavaScript. These applications automatically gain features such as hardware acceleration and advanced power management out of the box. Existing Silverlight and WPF applications can be ported to the new “Native XAML” libraries with minimal effort.

Extended WPF Toolkit v1.5 Adds Six New Controls

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 18, 2011

The Extended WPF Toolkit is a compilation of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) controls, utilities, and components not included in the standard WPF Toolkit. The new version 1.5 has six new controls in addition to some control updates and bug fixes.

Jeremy Likness on Clean Design-Time Friendly ViewModels

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 29, 2011 1

There are many ways to handle design-time data in view-models. While some people use complex dependency injection frameworks or inversion of control containers, the simplest method is to just check the DesignerProperties.IsInDesignTool flag. Unfortunately this has the side effect of embedding the design-time data into one’s application. Jeremy Likness offers a couple ways of working around this.

Surface SDK 2.0 Targets Windows Touch Devices

by Abel Avram on  Jul 12, 2011

With Microsoft Surface SDK 2.0 one can write applications for both Surface and Windows Touch devices.

Microsoft’s Silence is Infuriating .NET Developers

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 11, 2011 18

Earlier this month Microsoft unveiled a new touch-centric UI for Windows 8. According to the presentation this new UI allows Windows 8 applications built using just HTML5 and JavaScript. This is great news for web developers looking to do more with the Windows platform, but Microsoft is refusing to say whether or not .NET can also be used for this new application model.

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