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Developer: Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available

August 17, 2011 No Comments

Microsoft gives more ammo to developers as Silverlight for the Windows Phone toolkit is now available. Below are some of the new features added as well as the links to download. I am really pumped to see what amazing new app are created for mango which is set to be released soon.


New features in the August 2011 release

Here are some of the new things you will find in this release:

  • LongListSelector has been rebuilt and redesigned to take advantage of the new smooth scrolling and off-thread touch input support in ‘Mango’. This is a buttery-smooth control for showing lists, including grouping and jump list support.
  • MultiselectList control enables multiple selection for easily working with lists of data, similar to the Mail app’s capability.
  • LockablePivot adds a special mode to the Pivot control where only the current item is shown (often used with multiple selection).
  • ExpanderView is a primitive items control that can be used for expanding and collapsing items (like the threaded views in the Mail app).
  • HubTile lets you add beautiful, informative, animated tiles to your application, similar to the new People groups in ‘Mango’.
  • ContextMenu control has been reworked: performance improvements and visual consistency fixes
  • ListPicker now supports multiple selection
  • RecurringDaysPicker lets your users select a day of the week.
  • Date & Time Converters localized to 22 languages. The converters let developers easily display date and time in the user interface in one of the many styles found throughout the phone’s UI, from a short date like ‘7/19’ to relative times like ‘about a month ago’.
  • Page Transitions have improved performance for a more responsive feel.
  • PhoneTextBox is an early look at an enhanced text box with action icon support, watermarking, etc.
  • All error messages and interface elements have been localized to all of the supported languages, making for a great experience for users around the world.

The release is also packed full of nice bug fixes and addresses many customer-reported issues. You can file bug reports and suggest features for the toolkit at http://silverlight.codeplex.com/.

Other great components

  • AutoCompleteBox is a text box control that allows for simple auto-completion based on a filter.
  • DatePicker lets a user select a date, similar to that found in the Alarms app on the Windows Phone
  • PerformanceProgressBar can be used to show indeterminate progress inside an app (though you should also consider the new ProgressIndicator support in ‘Mango’, too).
  • TiltEffect attached property that gives buttons, list items, and other components that nice ‘tilt’ touch experience
  • TimePicker for choosing a time.
  • WrapPanel is a non-virtualized wrapping panel often used for displaying photo thumbnails.

You can download the new release straight from the CodePlex site at http://silverlight.codeplex.com/ – it requires the latest ‘Mango’ developer tools as well.

The release is also available on NuGet as the SilverlightToolkitWP package.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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