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  • 8 comments  /  posted by  Thomas Kirchmair  on  Apr 09, 2009 (more than a year ago)


    Yes, I was searching for months if there is any possibility to simple justify block text! And I didn’t find anything – except lots of posts like: “Why didn’t they implement it?”!

    So I waited for Silverlight 3 Beta 1 to appear, and I began to hope and pray, but: Once again – there was nothing like block text. I was very disappointed. How should I display long text on the screen without clear formatting borders on both sides - and I don’t want to mix Silverlight and HTML again, either. I need this for building a web application composed of 100% Silverlight, and I don’t feel like doing the text-rendering and position-calculation by myself.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Ilia Iordanov  on  Apr 09, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Hi Silverlighters,

    We are proud to announce that Thomas Kirchmair has joined the team of authors writing for This means that you are going to see more often articles written by him. For those of you who are not familiar with Thomas' work, we have to mention that he won the second place in the Third edition of the Write and Win contest.

    Thomas lives in Vienna (Austria), he is the owner of kir informatics and works as a freelance consultant, developer and trainer for Microsoft .NET technologies. Thomas holds several certifications like MCSD, MCTS, and MCT. He is known with his fascinating seminars and his free-spirited way of looking at and solving problems.

    "Especially WPF and Silverlight are giving me now the possibilities I need for developing user interfaces the customer accepts in his first moment!"

    Here is a list with all articles written by Thomas for SilverlightShow:

    1. The invisible Silverlight Application – The local DropDownList-Cache – 2nd place Write and Win III
    2. The Silverlight BlockText Control

    His future articles are going to be on the following topics:

    • SL 3 Beta 1 LOB-RIA Sample – DVD Movie Database – Part 1
    • SL 3 Beta 1 LOB-RIA Sample – DVD Movie Database – Part 2
    • SL 3 Beta 1 LOB-RIA Sample – DVD Movie Database – Part 3
    • SL 3 Beta 1 LOB-RIA Sample – DVD Movie Database – Part 4
    • Improving serverside Database search by local caching

    Thomas, thank you once again for doing this and good luck with the articles. We know you will write them perfectly!

    Sincerely Yours
    SilverlightShow Team

  • 4 comments  /  posted by  Thomas Kirchmair  on  Jan 27, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Note: This article is submitted by Thomas Kirchmair for Silverlight: Write and Win contest.Thanks a lot, Thomas! Hello All, Please drop a comment if you like it.

    1. Introduction

    My recent aim in coding with Microsoft's Silverlight is to support ASP.NET developers by solving common ASP.NET- and HTML-problems scenarios easily with Silverlight applications and tools. The project of this article here shows my idea of solving the annoying ASP.NET-DropDownList bandwidth- and ViewState-problem with a huge amount of option items inside the control.

    Using the normal ASP.NET-DropDownList with enabled ViewState is quite simple and easy, but the time you fill your ASP.NET-DropDownList with a great amount of option items.

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