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What's New in Silverlight 5? Download PUG Event Slides and Demos

Yesterday I attended the PUG Event and delivered 1 hour session on Silverlight 5 Beta features. I demonstrated some important features too. Here in this blog post, I am going to share the "What's New in Silverlight 5?" slides. You can view it online and if you want, you can download to view it offline.


Also, I am sharing the demo projects that I used during the session. You can freely download them from the attached links. Earlier I published some articles on these features, sharing their links too so that, you can read them and understand in depth.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 5 - Design Guidelines for Application Bar

In the last chapter of the series, we learnt about Application bar and the uses of it using a small demo application. We described about Icon buttons and Menu items too.


You can add an application bar to your page both from XAML and code behind. There are some design guidelines for Application bar and a developer must know about these before designing and developing their Windows Phone application. In this chapter, we will discuss about them. Read to know more and don't forget to share them to your colleagues and followers.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 4 - Application Bar

Application Bar is a tiny toolbar for your page to do some specific operation. Using this, you can easily add a toolbar for your application pages. It is a combination of 1-4 icon buttons and/or a collection of menu items.


In my previous post, we already discussed about the class. Today we will discuss more on this topic. We will also create a small demo application to showcase the use of ApplicationBar. Read to know more and don't forget to share your feedback.

First look to Microsoft Windows 8 User Interface

Yesterday, 1st June 2011 Microsoft demonstrated their next generation Windows Operating System at the D9 conference which internally called as “Windows 8”. It supports touch screen and can operate with/without a Mouse or Keyboard using the touch APIs and onscreen keyboard.


The video demonstrates the power of flexibility and dynamic user experience. To know more about it and watch the video demonstration of the first preview, read the complete post.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 3 - Know more about PhoneApplicationPage

In our last post of the series, we learned about the base class "Page" and Here in this post we will learn about "PhoneApplicationPage" which is root of any Windows Phone 7 page. Before jumping to the core in depth, a beginner must know all these things. As I am also exploring these for the first time, sharing the same knowledge with you.


I hope that, these series of posts will be helpful to a beginner. If you want to know more about PhoneApplicationPage class, read this post to learn about it.

Monthly News Digest @SilverlightZone - May 2011

Silverlight-Zone.com completed it's 5 months with more than 1,700 news items. Thank you everyone for supporting us all the time. In May, we aggregated 308 posts in Silverlight-Zone and shared all these links over Twitter and Facebook page to reach out to maximum people.


In this post I am going to share you the best picks of the month. Top rated posts were on Windows Phone 7 by Doug Holland, Naveed Tejani, Paul, Amit Chatterjee and Abhishek Sur. Read to find out the top links.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 2 - Know more about Page

In my previous post, we discussed on how to create a Windows Phone 7 application and what are the different parts of the MainPage.xaml. We also created a small and simple HelloWorld application as the quick start. I guess, now we are comfortable to create a basic application with a good UI (if you already know how to design a XAML page).


It's time to explore more in depth about the page. In this post, we will discuss about the base class called "Page". Read to know more about it.

Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application

Recently thought to take some break from core Silverlight programming and start learning something new. As I will be working on Silverlight in office, hence decided to start exploring Windows Phone 7 in my off time. Though, it is also in Silverlight, but there we can learn something new apart from the actual Silverlight development. Now onwards, I will write about Windows Phone 7 programming and whatever I will explore, will post here in my blog.


Jump started with my first exploration to create a "Hello World" application in Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) public Beta. This is the first post of the series. As a beginner I will be contributing to the series and if something that I can improve in any of the posts/demos, please let me know by providing your inputs using the Comment box. Hope this series will help the beginners to learn about it.

Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 22-May-2011 to 28-May-2011

Here comes this week's News Digest of Silverlight-Zone.com which contains approximately 76 new News items on various topics like Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, LightSwitch, XNA etc. It also contains lots of posts including MVVM, XAML, Blend etc.


This week most popular posts are on "Powerful 3D WP7 Application" by Paul, "Google Maps for WP7" by Naveed Tejani , "Mango Training Course" by Abhishek Baxi, "XAML Tips" by Michael Crump and "Basics of MVVM" by Paul Sheriff.


So, read out those posts and get knowledge on them. Also find links for Daily News Headlines of this week.

What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta?

Microsoft released the public beta version of Mango (Windows Phone 7.1) Developer Tools on 24th may 2011. In this post, I am going to share some of the new features that has been released with the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Public Beta. You might already know about those from various resources but wanted to share some of them in my blog.


If you not yet downloaded the developer tools, Download Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta. Read the complete post to know more about the new features.

Silverlight 5 Features Ancestor Relative Source Binding

Silverlight 5 has another new feature called Ancestor Relative source binding. It was already available in WPF and has been newly introduced in Silverlight 5 beta. Using this, you can now bind to the relative ancestor elements very easily.


Let's discuss it with a small example where we will create a Control Template for a Button and bind it's Tag property to the actual element to display text, instead of setting the Content property. Read to know more.

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