• .NET

    How to Pick Your Platform: Silverlight, Metro, or HTML5

      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...
    September 15, 2011
  • .NET

    Mango and System.Reflection.Emit – new optimizations in RadControls for Windows Phone

    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...
    September 13, 2011
  • .NET

    RadChart for Windows Phone – going to the pole

      Q2 2011 was the first official release of RadChart for Windows Phone – first class charting solution offering unbeatable performance and feature richness. Having the chart officially out however does not mean that we will put less effort in enriching it with new functionality. On the contrary – we have plans to push hard in order to make RadChart the richest charting component on the market. Today we are releasing an update to our RadControls for Windows Phone, which targets the new Mango update from Microsoft, and we are happy to announce the new RadPolarChart and the three polar series – Point, Line...
  • .NET

    Using Telerik OpenAccess ORM Spatial Data with RadMap for Silverlight

    Spatial data is all the rage, everyone wants a map in their application to quickly visualize data.  In a previous blog I showed how you could query, and display, SQL Spatial data on RadMap for WPF using Telerik OpenAccess ORM.  In this blog, I will show you how to display the data on RadMap for Silverlight.  This adds a slight twist because we need to transport the SQL Spatial data across a service boundary, but thanks to some updates in RadMap this is still an easy process; so lets take a look! Database Setup The first thing we need is some spatial data. In...
    July 29, 2011
  • .NET

    Under the Hood of RadImageEditor for Silverlight and WPF

    Introduction In one of the previous blog posts, we gave you a quick overview of how to use RadImageEditorUI to add a basic image editor to your application in a few simple steps. However, there is often a need for more customized image editing capabilities, in which case you can use the bare-bone RadImageEditor control. It doesn’t force a specific UI, so you can choose one that will best integrate in your application. Whereas RadImageEditorUI contains all the UI you need from a basic image editor, RadImageEditor consists only of the image that is being edited. It has an API that...
    July 20, 2011