• .NET

    RadChart for Windows 8 WinRT – A Prelude

    September 29, 2011 Share
    This is part one of the RadChart for WinRT blog series. For more information please refer to the other parts of the series: Part two - The Compilation Part three - Taking its First Breath   Now that the early bits of WinRT – the new Windows 8 development platform are out, we (at Telerik) are eager to explore this whole new world that awaits us - the opportunities it offers and the challenges to be faced. I would like to elaborate a bit more on how we feel about this new world. We are strong believers that a programming language is only a tool used...
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    When Should You Use Metro, Version 2

    September 21, 2011 Share
    A blog by Todd Anglin, Chief Evangelist at Telerik. (Original post here) During my busy week at the Microsoft BUILD conference, I cranked-out a quick and rough decision tree designed to help you decide which Microsoft platform you should use for app development:Silverlight/WPF, HTML5, or the new Metro/WinRT. The chart proved to be very popular, so I thought I'd revisit the decision tree and with the benefit of more time to reflect, produce a new, more complete version. Thus, I present version 2 of the "How to Pick Your Platform" chart. What's Different? In the original chart, the first question I made you answer was, "Do you need to support...
  • .NET

    Palette support in RadChart for Windows Phone

    September 21, 2011 Share
      We are working hard to improve our charting component for Windows Phone 7 and to make it more and more feature-rich. And we are happy to share that as of Service Pack 1 of the Mango build of our tools, RadChart gets “Palette” support. A Palette may be thought of as a collection of brushes that define the look-and-feel of chart series and data points. The API is quite flexible and allows you to create custom palette or to select from the built-in ones. Two predefines palettes are currently available – Contrast and Warm. To simplify the usage we have created a smart...
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    How to Pick Your Platform: Silverlight, Metro, or HTML5

    September 15, 2011 Share
      While Windows 8 is ushering in an exciting new model for Windows development called "Metro style apps" that run a new "unified" Windows Runtime (WinRT), it's not necessarily the right choice for all new Windows software development. In fact, there are a lot scenarios where it's not a good choice. In this over-simplified decision tree, I try to provide some crude logic for how to pick between your platform options. Clearly, there are many nuances not covered in this tree, but I'll work on expanding the "logic" to make it more bullet proof in the coming weeks. The first decision is the most important, though: Do you need to continue...
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    Mango and System.Reflection.Emit – new optimizations in RadControls for Windows Phone

    September 13, 2011 Share
    One of the tasty new features of the new “Mango” update of the Windows Phone developer tools is the presence of System.Reflection.Emit. This allows us, developers, to do some nice tricks to boost the overall app performance in corner cases. As some of you may be familiar with our RadChart for Windows Phone API, there are two types of DataPoint bindings, allowing you to MVVM-bind the chart:  PropertyNameDataPointBinding GenericDataPointBinding<T, TResult>  As the name hints, the first type of binding uses the name of a property in order to retrieve the corresponding value, while the second one uses a generic Func<T, TResult> delegate to get...