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  • XAML Power Toys

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 22, 2009 (9 months ago)

    In this article Karl Shifflett discusses XAML Power Toys.

    XAML Power Toys is a Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Add-In that empowers WPF & Silverlight developers while working in the XAML editor.  Its Line of Business form generation tools, Grid tools,  DataForm, DataGrid and ListView generation really shorten the XAML page layout time.

  • 2 comments  /  posted by   on  Sep 18, 2009 (9 months ago)
    ImageUserware has released today a Silverlight-based version of

    Wiki-OS is an online environment that lets you write, build, execute, and share open-source Silverlight applications without ever leaving the web browser.

    It simulates an operating system running inside the browser, complete with a start menu that lists all the applications by order of popularity and a task bar for switching between windows. Applications can be launched right away, without installation.

    A development environment is included that allows creating new Silverlight 3 applications. It provides features such as syntax Imagehighlighting, auto-completion, instant deployment of updates to all users, and a source control to let multiple people work collaboratively on the same project and see the history of modifications.

    Applications can be shared by copying their URL - for example to launch the Sudoku - or be embedded into web pages by using an html code snippet.

    Every window contains an "Edit" button that lets anyone access the source code of the window and possibly make changes, thus bringing open-source collaboration to a new level. Developers can instantly access the source code of any application, reference other people's projects, and build on top of existing components instead of constantly reinventing the wheel. They can also start a project and let the community finish it.

    ImageIn the long term, Wiki-OS aims at becoming the "wikipedia of software" - that is, a place where every single connected person in the world can have free, instant, and unlimited access to the best open-source software applications, and where anyone can contribute right away, no matter their skills: developers can write a new algorithm, artists can draw an icon, linguists can contribute to the help document, and someone who has no particular skills can simply pin a suggestion so that another user can see it and implement it.
    Wiki-OS is made by Userware:
  • Various Visual Studio BuildAction Values for Silverlight Files

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 17, 2009 (9 months ago)

    In this blog post Bob Bartholomay discusses the BuildAction values for Silverlight files.

    Certain file types are given default values for the BuildAction which make the most (only!) sense for certain file types:

    • “XAML type” files like UserControl and Page are given “Page” build action
    • Code Files (.cs and .vb) have “Compile”
    • App.XAML will has its BuildAction set to “Application Definition”.  This defines the entry point of your application.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Emil Stoychev  on  Jun 15, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    John Papa has a tip on how to save some time and prevent Visual Studio to open your XAML files in preview mode.

    If you work with Silverlight a lot like I do, you might be frustrated with the time it takes Visual Studio to try to render the preview of your Silverlight Views. This can be a painful process, especially when the View gets more complicated … because sometimes Visual Studio cannot even display the preview. Also, whenever the XAML page is opened in Visual Studio, it takes a while to "try" to display the View in preview mode.

  • .NET RIA Services roadmap update

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 10, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Tim Heuer posted on the .NET RIA Services forum an updated roadmap for the timing and thoughts around the product offering. 

    We will have an updated build of RIA Services in CTP form.  This is still considered a preview.  The current thinking is that we’ll remove any production (go-live) restrictions, but it will be a ‘use at your own risk’ product, not the typical official “go live” support license.  This is based on feedback our users are asking for.  We want to continue to evolve the product based on feedback, but also heard loudly that people want to use it now.

  • Silverlight Visual Studio helper files

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 20, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tim Heuer has created a few Visual Studio’s templates and has modified a few of others that he uses regularly and now he wants to share all this with you.

    For things that aren’t a part of the Visual Studio tools (yet) and things that help me move faster in my development, I like to take advantage of the power of Visual Studio’s templates and snippets capabilities.  I’ve created a few and modified a few of others that I use regularly.  I’ve shown them in a few presentations and thought I’d package them up in a single bundle for your convenience if you choose to use them.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 06, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Ning Zhang has a post which illustrates the integration of Silverlight Toolkit with Visual Studio and Blend 3 after running Silverlight 3 Toolkit March 2009 Installer.

    This is part of the series on design time implementation changes in Silverlight Toolkit March 2009 Release. This post illustrates the integration of Silverlight Toolkit with Visual Studio and Blend 3 after running Silverlight 3 Toolkit March 2009 Installer, and explains how it is done, so you can register your own Silverlight controls with Visual Studio and Blend too.

  • 1 comments  /  posted by  Ivan Dragoev  on  Feb 27, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tags: Design Mode , Control Mode , C# , David Anson , Visual Studio , Expression Blend

    Detecting whether the control is in design mode in both - Blend and Visual studio is an interesting task. Check Delay's post showing how for sure to detect the control mode.

    Unfortunately, the official mechanism for this, DesignerProperties.GetIsInDesignMode, doesn't always return the correct value under Visual Studio. :(

    Well, I needed something reliable for the Charting assembly in the Silverlight Toolkit, so I checked with the experts (i.e., members of both teams) and came up with the following code that returns the correct value under both Blend and Visual studio (from DesignerProperties.cs in the Silverlight Toolkit source).

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Feb 06, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Shawn Oster will explain you how to add Silverlight Toolkit Controls to the Visual Studio and Blend Toolbox.


    I’ve seen a few questions in the forums asking how to get the Silverlight Toolkit controls into the toolbox/asset library of Visual Studio 2008 and/or Expression Blend 2.  There are a bunch of great posts scattered among the tubes on how to do this but I wanted to explain both Visual Studio 2008 and Blend 2 in one post.

  • 2 comments  /  posted by  Ilia Iordanov  on  Feb 04, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    This is the 8 video by Ken Cox about the development of CRUD application using Silverlight and Visual Basic.NET.

    In Episode 8, we continue working with the AutoCompleteBox control that we implemented in Episode 7. This time, we fetch a long list of country names as XML from a third-party Web service, cache the file on the client using isolated storage, and harness LINQ to XML to retrieve the country names. One of the considerations is checking Silverlight's access to the remote data.

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