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  • Microsoft Releases Project Reunion 0.5 Preview

    Earlier this week, Microsoft released Project Reunion 0.5 Preview, a set of developer components and tools that unifies access to existing Win32 and UWP APIs under a single API layer, decoupled from the operating system. The new release also includes the first stable release of WinUI 3, the newest version of the native UI platform for Windows 10.

  • Visual Studio 15.7 Preview 4 Improves Git, C++ Support

    Microsoft has delivered a couple of new previews for the forthcoming Visual Studio 2017 15.7, and based on the limited size of the changes it would seem that we are nearing its formal release. As usual, the changes cover a wide range of territory- so developers should see some benefits regardless of what languages they use.

  • Avalonia Beta 1 Brings Many Improvements over WPF

    Avalonia describes itself as a “cross platform .NET UI framework inspired by WPF, with XAML, data binding, lookless controls and much more." Having just reached its first public beta, it is already showing some interesting improvements over the venerable WPF version of XAML.

  • An Early Look at Avalonia, a Cross-Platform UI Toolkit for .NET

    An often-cited hole in the .NET Core ecosystem is the lack of any true cross-platform UI toolkit. While there have been attempts at a multi-platform in the past such as Silverlight and Xamarin Forms, no one has yet achieved a full XAML-style cross-platform option. Avalonia is making the attempt with plans to support Windows, Linux (GTK), MacOS, Android and iOS. However, they need your help.

  • Microsoft Standardizes XAML across UWP and Xamarin

    Announced during BUILD 2017, Microsoft has made public the first draft of the XAML Standard, a markup dialect meant to unify how user interface elements are defined.

  • Simplifying Form Creation with XAML Power Toys

    The routine creation of XAML data entry forms can be tedious, but thanks to a new Visual Studio extension this process can be streamlined. XAML Power Toys for Visual Studio 2015 provides a way for developers to quickly create data entry forms using XAML for WPF or Xamarin forms applications. With UWP app support coming, this is an all-in-one tool that supports all major WPF use-cases.

  • Microsoft Open Sources XAML Behaviors

    XAML Behaviors have long been a frustrating part of WPF/Silverlight development. Though incredibly useful, the libraries were distributed and maintained in a strange fashion. That problem has finally been resolved with the announcement that XAML Behaviors will be open sourced and a matching NuGet package created.

  • Compile Time Bindings in Universal XAML

    Universal XAML isn’t just an application UI toolkit, it is being used throughout Windows 10 for OS programs. As such, cross-platform consistency and performance are of upmost concern. To address this, new features such as compile-time data binding has been added.

  • Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

    Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.

  • A Q&A with the XAML Performance Leadership Team

    This panel discussion mostly covers XAML, but there are still some thoughts on its relationship to WPF and the desktop in general.

  • Introducing Common XAML UI

    Based on the WinRT API, the Common XAML UI framework will allow the same UI code to be shared on phones, tablets, desktop computers, and eventually Xbox One.

  • Weathr, a Comprehensive Demonstration of C++ 14, DirectX, and XAML

    Weathr is a fully functional 3D weather app that demonstrates the use of modern C++ (both ISO and C++/CX), DirectX, and XAML. It also shows the use of PPL and lambda expressions for asynchronous communication with REST-based servers.

  • XAML Spy 2.0.5 Adds Add App Wizard and Feature Improvements

    XAML Spy has released updates for the month of January with support for Add App Wizard with the ability to navigate installed apps by selecting the Show All Apps button in the XAML Spy Explorer toolbar. The latest release also enables you to activate and disable XAML Spy for multiple projects at a time.

  • RadRadialMenu Enables you to Create Touch Enabled Circular Menus

    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.

  • DevExpress XAML v13.2 Adds Windows 8.1 Support, PDF Viewer, Flyout and Radial Menu Controls

    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.

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