• .NET

    RadControls for Windows Phone 7 – an in-depth comparison with MS Toolkit

    Many users have asked the question “What are the differences between your controls and their equivalents in the Microsoft’s Toolkit for WP7”. With this article I will try to give you a more detailed perception on the added value of RadControls for Windows Phone 7. Please note that this is “our” point of view and how we see the differences between our suite and the Toolkit. We by no means belittle the efforts of Microsoft’s team that created such a nice components package.  I will list only the components/features that are present both in Telerik’s suite and the Toolkit. All of the...
    December 10, 2010
  • .NET

    Will you be watching the Silverlight Firestarter?

    Everyone that develops in Silverlight has seen a lot of activity around the technology lately, some good and some bad, but the message has been made loud and clear that Silverlight is here to stay.  So much so, in fact, that we're only a couple of days away from the Silverlight Firestarter, a full day packed full of education, resources, and some looks at the future of Silverlight: If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so because seats are filling up fast.  The next thing you might be wondering... why is Telerik talking about the Silverlight Firestarter?  For starters,...
    November 30, 2010
  • .NET Mobile

    RadControls for Windows Phone 7: Introducing RadWindow

    Graphical user interfaces are rife with popups and messages springing from every direction in order to notify users of important information. The Windows Phone 7 experience is no different and RadWindow is here to provide this functionality. Currently the toolkit for windows phone development provides a Popup control out of the box, so why bother writing a window from scratch? The main reason is that the stock popup is not hardware accelerated, that is, animations on UI elements displayed on it are executed on the UI thread, it doesn’t matter if the animation is a simple double animation, if you...
    November 15, 2010
  • .NET

    RadDateSelector for Windows Phone 7 – Loaded within a standard in-browser Silverlight application.

    Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 is version 3.7 hence a WP7 control should be easily used within a standard Silverlight 4 application. But that’s in theory. The major differences between these two worlds are the so called “Manipulation” events. Each UIElement in WP7’s Silverlight is “enabled” with the following routed events: ManipulationStarted ManipulationDelta ManipulationCompleted  Generally this sequence of events encapsulates one or more touch gestures in a transaction block. The event arguments carry all the information needed to determine what the gesture is and what effect to generate. And of course RadControl for WP7 use these events extensively in order to provide consistent and rich...
    November 02, 2010
  • .NET

    RadLoopingPanel – a look inside (or why Telerik’s RadDatePicker is the fastest date picker tool for Windows Phone 7)

    Everything in Windows Phone 7 is Content and Motion. Both of these key Metro parts are combined with a blazing fast performance and unmatched responsiveness throughout the entire OS. Same must be true for all custom applications – no room for performance compromises. And that is why one of the major focuses of the entire development process of RadControls for WP7 is performance. We are even ready to delay some features for a next release for the sake of being feather-light and as fast as possible. As I explained in this blog post, from the very beginning we tried to reuse the...
    October 29, 2010