• .NET

    Thoughts on Silverlight 3 and the future of desktop development.

    Microsoft have made public the first beta of Silverlight 3 that allows for out of browser experience (offline Silverlight applications) and also supports hardware accelerated graphics and a ton of other improvements and new features. And as a bonus (which is also very important) you get an application that runs on Windows, Mac and soon Linux (thanks to the Moonlight project). There are rumors in the community that WPF adoption will suffer in favor of Silverlight. What’s for sure is that developers will face a much harder decision now, when they have to decide whether to pick WPF for developing desktop applications. This of...
  • .NET

    RadDock for WinForms in Q1 2009 and beyond

    A couple of months back we posted the Q1 2009 WinForms Roadmap and gave you a brief overview of what the new version of RadDock (or should I say RadDockingManager) will offer. I know that some of you have been waiting for it for some time now, so I decided to give you a detailed overview of what to expect. In next week’s Q1 2009 you will find improved memory disposal, and numerous bug fixes. Although memory management has been given a nice upgrade, the rest is not too exciting, because we will release the same old RadDockingManager, with a facelift. The exciting...
  • .NET

    Using RadGauge for WPF in a WinForms application

    In this post, I want to demonstrate the use of the RadGauge for WPF control inside a Windows Forms Application.  Just because you are not developing WPF applications every day does not mean you cannot benefit from what WPF has to offer.  I thought it would be useful to point out that you can use WPF User Controls inside of Windows Forms applications with minimal effort.  This is made possible through the Systems.Windows.Forms.Integration namespace.  More specifically you will be working with a control call "ElementHost" which allows the WPF control to be used in a Windows Form.    So lets get...
    February 27, 2009
  • .NET

    Building WPF-like Interfaces with RadControls for WinForms

    A couple of weeks ago I did a quick review of the white papers we have on RadControls for WinForms and it turned out that they, just like humans, age with time. Although still valid, the white papers were outdated, so we decided to rejuvenate them. The first white paper which we brought up to date is “Building WPF-like Interfaces with RadControls for WinForms." In addition to bringing WPF to the equation (it used to compare our WinForms suite to Windows Vista, which was hype back when the original white paper was published two years ago), it received a new...
    February 20, 2009
  • .NET

    OpenAccess, WCF, and a RadGrid (Oh My!)

    I’ve been working on a project that uses OpenAccess ORM as the persistence layer between my app and the database. Since the app is going to be used on both web and client platforms I wanted to add a services layer to serve up the data. Turns out it’s pretty easy to do. So I’ll walk you through a quick demo of how to hook OpenAccess up to WCF services and then consume the data with a RadGrid. Set up the project structure First, create a class library project called Data to hold the data access code. This is where you’ll use OpenAccess to...
    February 14, 2009