Softpedia Editor's Review for Microsoft Silverlight SDK
A cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET
Written by Sorin Cirneala on September 14th, 2012
Microsoft Silverlight SDK is a package that includes the most important libraries required by developers to create Silverlight compatible applications. It is the backbone of every Silverlight implementation and includes the tools required to build and to package the programs.
The Silverlight framework is designed to help developers create rich Internet applications that can be delivered to the users via Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. The framework is a viable solution for developing mobile device apps for the phones that use the Windows Phone or the Symbian operating system.
You can use the components to build applications that support media steaming, graphics and animations as this is the main purpose of the framework. The end user only needs to install the run-time environment in order to use the browser enhancement.
The installer deploys the Silverlight Libraries that include the extensions, the user controls and the server controls. It also includes the Reference Assemblies and the builder components required to prepare the app for use.
The libraries are organized into folders and use a prefix in order to make them easy to find the tool that you require. For instance the libraries with the System.Windows.Controls prefix are designed to create new controls which enable the user to communicate with the interface.
This software development kit allows you to start creating your Silverlight programs. You have to choose if you want to use a simple text editor to write the code or to use a professional tool such as Visual Studio.
Microsoft Silverlight SDK description
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· A user can now search a list of items in an ItemsControl using keyboard input. You can specify the property that identifies an item for search purposes by setting the TextPath attached property.
· DrawingSurface is a new control in Silverlight 5 Beta. DrawingSurface defines an area where 3-D content can be composed and rendered. You implement the rendering behavior through the event data of the Draw event.
· You can display multiple Window instances in trusted, out-of-browser applications. This enables you to create non-modal dialog boxes, tear-off windows, and user-adjustable layouts that can span multiple monitors.
· Silverlight 5 Beta adds a ClickCount event data property to the MouseButtonEventArgs event data class. You can use this property to detect double-clicks, based on platform settings for the time duration that two clicks should be considered a double-clic...