Don’t forget about the databinding features of Silverlight 4 that you get with Mango!

If you are a Windows Phone developer, there are some properties offered on the Binding object in SIlverlight 4, which is supported by Mango. Thse properties were not offered in Silverlight 3/Windows Phone OS 7.0. The SL4 binding properties make setting up control bindings much easier and help you avoid using a value converter in many cases. You can…

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Creating a Custom Out-of-Browser Window in Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 extends the out-of-browser feature to include support for window customization through the Window class. What this means is that you can turn this: into this: Okay, so that’s not necessarily much of an improvement, but you get the idea. Basically, this feature lets you draw the entire window area yourself. You have complete…

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Angled headers for DataGrid columns…not just angled text…

My last post demonstrated one way that you could angle the text in a DataGrid column header. I received a comment asking for how to angle the entire headers, along the lines of what you can do very easily with Excel. Here’s an example from Excel: My friend Margaret on the WPF team saw this…

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It’s so easy to enable printing from a Silverlight 4 application

I’ve been a writer with Microsoft for about 5 years now, and I’ve seen my share of printing API. I am happy to report that using the Silverlight printing API to print a single page is about as easy as it gets. Printing multiple pages is a bit more complex, and something I’ll cover in…

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