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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 28, 2010 (4 weeks ago)
    Jeff Wilcox has published the updated quasi-official unit test framework bits for Silverlight 3 and Windows Phone developers.

    This brings the new features from the Silverlight 4 version to developers who have a business reason to continue with Silverlight 3 development for the time being:

    • Updated user interface
    • Integrated “tag expression” support for selecting subsets of tests to run
    • Performance improvements
    • Removal of dependencies on XLinq and System.Windows.Browser assemblies

  • Using Silverlight 4 features to create a Zune-like context menu

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 17, 2010 (1 month ago)
    In this post Jeff Wilcox creates a Zune style context menu by using some new Silverlight 4 features.

    Trying to create a modern, clean and crisp user interface is a challenge – and it’s something that Zune has done rather well in both their software and hardware experiences.

    I took a few minutes to experiment with new Silverlight 4 features, including the new Silverlight Toolkit (April 2010 release) that includes a context menu control, to re-style/re-template the menu to look similar to a few other menus.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 04, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Jeff Wilcox announces that the new release of the Silverlight Toolkit for targeting Microsoft Silverlight 4 contains a new version of the Silverlight Unit Test Framework.

    The user interface no longer uses the antiquated HTML DOM bridge for displaying results, but now is a data bound, rich Silverlight application itself.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 06, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Jeff Wilcox introduces a base class for dealing with INotifyPropertyChanged classes that is safe to use from background threads in Silverlight.

    As I’ve been developing more complex Silverlight business applications, I’ve been increasingly relying on BackgroundWorker to offload complex calculations and operations to the background thread.

    Something I didn’t have to worry about in the typical user interface thread-only implementation of my app was which thread change notifications fire on.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 06, 2010 (2 months ago)
    If you are developing custom controls in Silverlight, this tip of Jeff Wilcox will be very useful for you.

    Here’s a few simple tips and recommendations when developing custom Silverlight controls, as it relates to template parts.

  • Silverlight 4: New parser implementation. New parser features.

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 30, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In this post, Jeff Wilcox talks about the improved parser in Silverlight 4 which offers new XAML features.

    In Silverlight 4, more than a year of development went into a modern, improved parser to offer new XAML features, fix some common requests and complaints, and develop a modern platform for future parser improvements to build upon.

    A number of expert engineers at Microsoft came together to make this possible, and hopefully you’ll find the improvements worthwhile.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 29, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Jeff Wilcox got the 2D QR barcodes application running on the Windows Phone.

    These barcode-displaying apps let you get rid of the plastic in your wallet and use your phone instead. Many airports and carriers have been using these barcodes for paperless boarding passes, too.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 26, 2010 (3 months ago)
    In this post Jeff Wilcox demonstrates how by using the rich data binding system built into Silverlight for Windows Phone, you can easily store rich user settings without using code behind files.

    The canonical example of user settings is a “Show this welcome screen at startup” checkbox so that your application can offer a nice out-of-box experience.

    By writing a simple type with some properties, adding a few helper files, and setting up a two-way data binding, you can store any settings without having to write special code.

  • Building Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4 applications on a .NET 3.5 build machine

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 24, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Jeff Wilcox explains how to build both Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4 applications on the same build machine, without having .NET 4 installed.

    This is great for constrained TFS build environments, and although not supported in any way, this does allow you to edit and build simple Silverlight 4 apps created first for Silverlight 3, using Visual Studio 2008.

  • Silverlight Toolkit and the Windows Phone: WrapPanel, and a few others

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 22, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Jeff Wilcox demonstrates several controls from the Silverlight Toolkit that work pretty well on the Windows Phone.

    I’m also including some controls that are found in the Silverlight SDK today. I present these in order of how much I have used the components while building apps.

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