Introducing the Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit Beta & Reader Beta SDK!
We are very excited to take the wraps off of our newest addition to .Net client development – a Starter Kit designed to make it easy to create rich, syndicated multimedia and content experiences which engage the user, from documents and photos to videos and podcasts.
These Syndicated Client Experiences (SCE) applications exploit the push capabilities of RSS in a model where content is synced down to the local computer and each application retains full control over the presentation of the content. Microsoft’s Sync Framework-based Subscription Center takes care of syncing, local storage, subscription management and the safe caching of authentication credentials. These building blocks and services are designed to help application developers focus on what matters to them most: providing an optimal, highly-differentiated content experience on the desktop with very rich content, branding, skinning and custom user interface elements.
Dmitry has posted the new source code for Cassini v2.0. Very cool stuff if you would like to learn how to build a web server that hosts ASP.NET
New to Cassini v2:
- Cassini v2 uses new ASP.NET v2 hosting APIs (System.Web.Hosting: ApplicationManager, IRegisteredObject, etc.).
- Grab the Cassini web server source code from Dmitry’s website.
Note: You may also want to check out UltiDev’s own incarnation of Cassini which runs as a Windows Service and comes with a easy distribution package for Visual Studio 2005
A Vista Internet Explorer IE7 Browser style navigate button control. Added ToolStripButton and suboptimal support Gradient background.
Silverlight 2 Beta 1 provides a rich set of features that enable great RIA (Rich Internet Application) application development. These include:
- WPF UI Framework: Silverlight 2 includes a rich WPF-based UI framework that makes building rich Web applications much easier. In includes a powerful graphics and animation engine, as well as rich support for higher-level UI capabilities like controls, layout management, data-binding, styles, and template skinning. The WPF UI Framework in Silverlight is a compatible subset of the WPF UI Framework features in the full .NET Framework, and enables developers to re-use skills, controls, code and content to build both rich cross browser web applications, as well as rich desktop Windows applications.
- Rich Controls: Silverlight 2 includes a rich set of built-in controls that developers and designers can use to quickly build applications. This upcoming Beta1 release includes core form controls (TextBox, CheckBox, RadioButton, etc), built-in layout management panels (StackPanel, Grid, Panel, etc), common functionality controls (Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar, DatePicker, etc), and data manipulation controls (DataGrid, ListBox, etc). The built-in controls support a rich control templating model, which enables developers and designers to collaborate together to build highly polished solutions.
Rich Networking Support: Silverlight 2 includes rich networking support. It includes out of the box support for calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS, and standard HTTP services. It supports cross domain network access (enabling Silverlight clients to directly access resources and data from resources on the web). Beta1 also includes built-in sockets networking support.
Silverlight 2 In Action: Building A Simple Digg Client
All of the UI in the application is built using Silverlight’s WPF framework. The application uses the Silverlight networking stack and cross-domain access support to query the Digg REST API directly, and uses LINQ and LINQ to XML to query/transform the returned data into DiggStory objects that I databind the UI against:
The entire application is implemented in about 35 lines of C# code and 75 lines of XAML page/user-control markup. It only uses controls and libraries built-into Silverlight.
- Part 1: Creating “Hello World” with Silverlight 2 and VS 2008
- Part 2: Using Layout Management
- Part 3: Using Networking to Retrieve Data and Populate a DataGrid
- Part 4: Using Style Elements to Better Encapsulate Look and Feel
- Part 5: Using the ListBox and DataBinding to Display List Data
- Part 6: Using User Controls to Implement Master/Details Scenarios
- Part 7: Using Templates to Customize Control Look and Feel
- Part 8: Creating a Digg Desktop Version of our Application using WPF
A dark Visual Studio 2008 theme, adapted from my well received 2005 theme.
Consolas font used for the main text editor window(s).
Dina font (free download – google it) for the output windows.
Muted background colors contrast nicely with the keywords and text. Less common operators and markup are more noticeable, i.e. #region and @”string literals”