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  • 8 comments  /  posted by  Walter Ferrari  on  May 05, 2010 (1 month ago)


    One of the things I found frustrating in the previous versions of Silverlight was the lack of the Right Mouse Click support. Now we know that this functionality has turned real with Silverlight 4. Furthermore, we know that the April 2010 Silverlight toolkit release comes with a ContextMenu Control to be used in combination with the right click. So it’s time to put these new things in practice and try to use them in our projects. In this article we will see how to create and use a ContextMenu, how it is made and then we will extend it in a peculiar way.

  • 1 comments  /  posted by  Walter Ferrari  on  Mar 10, 2010 (3 months ago)


    This is the second and conclusive article about an example of a Bing Maps extension using Silverlight. Let me briefly recall the objective: in the first article I wrote about the need which may arise when planning an itinerary, I underlined that knowing the elevation profile would be useful. Having this functionality using the Maps Silverlight Control is not difficult. In the following sections we will see how to get elevation data as well as to plot them on a graph. You can enjoy a demo here and download the code here.

  • 6 comments  /  posted by  Walter Ferrari  on  Mar 08, 2010 (3 months ago)


    One of the things I found missing in the current Bing Maps product is the possibility to create an elevation surface profile of routes. Perhaps this feature may not seem much on demand but actually affects more people than expected. Think for example about sports events like marathons and cycling races: to see a preview of the elevation profile of the trail would be of great benefit to the participants. But even if you're just simple hikers you might want to know what is the difference in level of your walking or bicycle trip to better understand the effort that it would entail.

  • 11 comments  /  posted by  Walter Ferrari  on  Jan 25, 2010 (4 months ago)


    Let’s imagine a scenario in which you have a series of Excel files (.xlsx) on your computer but you don’t have any Microsoft Office installed. What can we do if we want to examine the content of these files?
    In this article we will describe a small Silverlight application allowing you to open and view these files and also create line series graphs. I used this exercise as laboratory to familiarize myself with some of the new features of Silverlight 4 like, for instance, drag&drop of files from local folders to the application, drag&drop between controls in the application, right click event handling, theming and so on.

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