• .NET

    5+ Ways to Reduce your .Xap Size

    Being Silverlight developer means that we are also kind of web developers. From this point of view, we also have to think about the web traffic that our applications generate. We need to reduce it as much as possible. So basically we need to reduce the size of the application's output - the .xap file. In this post I'll try to summarize the five ways to reduce the size of a xap that I've shared today with Sofia's Silverlight User Group. Understanding the Xap In order to reduce the size of a xap file, we should first be aware of its structure. Basically it can contain only 4 things: AppManifest.xaml -...
  • .NET

    Nesting Prism Regions using RadRibbonBar

    This post is update to my first post about "Decouple RadRibbonBar with Composite Silverlight (Prism)" (Read More). Nesting Regions in Prism could sound weird to someone, but the demand for this is growing. Check this forum post for more info. As a result to this post I've decided to update my previous example project. I've started by marking the one of the RibbonTabs as a Region as well, giving it a name...
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    Jump-start using Telerik RadControls

    Or the quickest way to acquire and start utilizing RadControls Okay, I’m throwing it out: With Visual Studio 2010 on your machine and a Telerik account, you can set up a project utilizing the latest RadControls in less than two minutes. Here is how: Start Visual Studio 2010 Launch the Extension Manager and navigate to the Online Gallery tab Search for Telerik VSExtensions Install the VSExtensions you’re interested in. For the time being there are four of them: WebUI ( RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX ), Silverlight ( RadControls for Silverlight ), WPF ( RadControls for WPF ) and WinForms ( RadControls for WinForms ). VSExtensions for ASP.NET MVC are in production and will be published...
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    Visual Studio Extensions Q2 2010 Highlights

    At Telerik we take great pride in having the most comprehensible component suites on the market. We always strive to make our components easier and more pleasant to work with. When we first released the Visual Studio Extensions, we made a commitment to make being successful with our components as easy as possible. Here are some of my favorite new features: Keeping up to date In the past we offered a possibility to upgrade your existing projects using the latest versions available through our website. In addition to that functionality, we now let you check for new versions whenever you are...
  • .NET

    Maintaining page state with MEF

    Task-It Series This post is part of a series of blog posts and videos about the Task-It (task management) application that I have been building with Silverlight 4 and Telerik's RadControls for Silverlight 4. For a full index of these resources, please go here. One of the posts listed in the index provides a full source download for the application, and I will be referring to that source code in this post. The page state issue One of the great things about MEF is that it allows you to maintain state across pages. So basically, when a user spends some time on a page and makes some changes, then...