• .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 3: From UX to UI

    August 18, 2011 Share
    In this episode we are diving into how we can construct a better user interface (UI) utilizing the tools that our User Experience (UX) experts have put before us.  If you recall last time we discussed the importance of UX and how it can help us to identify higher-traffic areas of our application as well as why certain views might need to be more prevalent within the application. Today we go one step further and translate UX into UI in terms we can all understand, including views, navigation, and everyone’s favorite click-count. From Empathy to Navigation One of the highlights from the last post...
  • .NET Mobile

    Introducing RadMessageBox for WP7

    We are happy to announce an intermediate release with which we officially declare that RadControls for Windows Phone now support Mango. This release includes a few improvements to the control suite, the most important of which is of course our updated list box that still performs better than the default, framework list box.  Aside from improved existing controls we also decided to include a message box that can be customized and restyled as required and that is extremely easy to use. It is also localized. To get a taste of what it is like to use RadMessageBox consider the following example. It demonstrates the...
  • .NET Mobile

    RadDataBoundListBox goes Mango in terms of scrolling performance (video included)

    August 10, 2011 Share
      Back in the days when the first WP7 developer devices were distributed to all enthusiastic developers it became clear that the out-of-the-box scrolling performance delivered by the ListBox control from the toolbox is not satisfying at all. In fact, having some richer data templates and UI virtualization all in one made the control almost unusable which forced many developers to either give up UI virtualization or simply reduce the contents of their templates to boost the scrolling performance and thus improve the end-user experience. Although the Performance Team @ Microsoft have released some nice and helpful hints on how to...
  • .NET Mobile

    RadDataBoundListBox goes Mango in terms of scrolling performance (video included)

    August 10, 2011 Share
      Back in the days when the first WP7 developer devices were distributed to all enthusiastic developers it became clear that the out-of-the-box scrolling performance delivered by the ListBox control from the toolbox is not satisfying at all. In fact, having some richer data templates and UI virtualization all in one made the control almost unusable which forced many developers to either give up UI virtualization or simply reduce the contents of their templates to boost the scrolling performance and thus improve the end-user experience. Although the Performance Team @ Microsoft have released some nice and helpful hints on how to...
  • .NET Mobile

    RadChart for WP7 - Tooltip

    July 29, 2011 Share
    One of the new features of the chart control for the Q2 Beta2 release is an API for behaviors. We decided do decouple the chart from some of its features and make them separate objects for the usual software development reasons. Now RadChart has a Behaviors collection that accepts ChartBehavior objects. Whenever an object is added to or removed from this collection a feature is either enabled or disabled in a RadChart instance respectively. We provide three behaviors out of the box and these are ChartPanAndZoomBehavior, ChartTrackballBehavior and ChartToolTipBehavior. The tooltip behavior allows the chart to show a tooltip wherever the user taps...