• .NET

    Surprise New Control for XAML—Guess What It Is and WIN!

    Next week our Q2 Release will bring you fellow XAML ninjas 6 new controls + 1 new theme, Metro UI….but you probably already knew that. What you didn’t know is that…. something else has sprouted up since our last announcement…of course. ;-) Since we’re big fans of surprises we figured this positively pivotal event warrants a guessing game—one that will have you considering what our .NET Ninjas have up their sleeves…. besides the .NET Ninja T-shirt and 5 Ninja stress balls that will go to whomever manages to guess correctly. Hint 1: It’s a Data Visualization Control Hint 2: We may have already...
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    Silverlight is Dead, Long Live XAML

      by Stephen Forte (This article is a re-post from the Stephen Forte's Blog)   A few weeks ago I was in the Telerik cafeteria at our world headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a colleague walked up to me and asked: "Is Silverlight dead?" I replied: "No, but it has seen better days." Since Silverlight's absence from last year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Redmond, WA, the infamous "our strategy has shifted" comment made by Microsoft Server and Tools Division President Bob Muglia, Scott Guthrie's move out of DevDiv, and the recent reorg of the XAML team, the community has been in an uproar assuming that Silverlight...
  • .NET

    RadListPicker for Windows Phone 7 greatly optimized

    A while ago, when we were designing the architecture of RadListPicker for Windows Phone, we thought that the most common scenario to use the control is with 5 – 20 items at most. That is why we decided not to implement any virtualization techniques and all the items, both in the inline and the popup parts were realized upon control load. The user feedback however was different – we received many requests for a faster list picker, which can easily deal with 50 – 250 or even more items. And we listened to our users – as of Q2 2011 our...
  • .NET

    Q2 2011 Xaml Tools - RadImageEditor

    In our last post we were discussing the importance of good tools to developers and how they help us to perform tasks like testing, profiling, decompiling, and building applications more quickly.  Today I will take us a little further down this path as I explore one of the new ‘tools’ that we are offering in our Q2 2011 Xaml release – RadImageEditor. A Quick Note I had a few questions directed my way in regards to a line from the last post: “…as well as providing controls that are out-of-the-box “tools” to bring enhanced functionality to your applications.” Let me explain this a little further, as...
  • .NET

    The Importance of Good Tools

    Making a slight deviation from the more code-happy posts I normally do, I want to take a chance to talk about something which is very important to .Net developers, specifically those of us working in the Xaml space – the importance of tooling in a development environment. (Hint, the above image was edited using a Telerik Xaml tool!) Good Tools As developers, these help us to create better products, internal applications, and websites.  With them we can achieve better results faster, complete with more code coverage for tests and better looking UIs on top of it all, all while making a more efficient...