What does it mean to have Arabic Support in Silverlight 4?

Really that means two things: 1)      Silverlight 4, now displays Arabic properly. On earlier versions, the characters were reversed and appeared in their isolated form. Now we finally have Arabic letters combined and shaped properly. 2)      Second, we have a new property specific for Arabic display. “FlowDirection” We kept a consistent behavior with WPF FlowDirection…

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Silverlight 4 Beta available, with Bidi Support

This is a truly exciting time to see the beta of Silverlight 4. Finally after 3 versions we have Arabic support in Silverlight. This is really great news and a great chance for Arabic Silverlight users. I would like people to try it out and download it and give it a try. This is our…

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Arabic Numeric Conversion Sample – From numbers to letter for Arabic

To get you started I wrote this simple sample that uses the Visual Studio International Pack 2.0 (VSIntlPack2), numeric conversion module to convert the numbers to Arabic words. This is an easy walk through to use the numeric conversion. First download the VS IntlPack2 from the link provided in my previous post: 1)      I created…

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Visual Studio International Feature Pack 2.0

وأخيراً، تم إصدار Visual Studio International Feature Pack 2.0 , ويحتوي على مجموعة من عناصر التحكم فضلا عن مجموعة من المكتبات فئة مصمم لمساعدة المطورين ‪.NET على إنشاء تطبيقات العالم الجاهزة. يحتوي هذا الإصدار على العديد من الميزات و الخصائص لدول شرق أسيا.  تمت إضافة دعم إضافي التنسيق الرقمي باللغة العربية في الإصدار 2.0.يمكنك الآن…

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FlowDocumentReader Arabic strings

I had a customer question about how to use FlowDocumentReader in WPF, for Arabic text. I thought this was a good opportunity to share with you this short sample. This is a FlowDocumentReader that displays an Arabic FlowDocument. I included diacritics in the strings to make it more illustrative. To make sure that your document…

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Visual Studio International Feature Pack 2.0 Beta

Visual Studio International Feature Pack 2.0 Beta has some great features for our international customers. There are many features for our East Asian customers in addition to a feature for our Arabic customers. I had many customer requests to display numbers in written Arabic form. The Numeric Formatting Library provides a class library for formatting…

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Enter International Numbers in a Textbox

This is a very common case…. There are so many application that needs to enter numbers in a text box… but what is the best method to do that. First, you need to validate the number as the user enters it in the text box: Depending on your required type you can use the .TryParse…

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Exchange is down

It’s a sign!… I need to write a new blog post … I skipped last month because I had so much work … this month I also have too much work… so, what should I do? …. The only answer happened this morning. This morning, I have exchange connectivity issues and I can’t access my…

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SQL Server, UmAlQura Calendar as a CLR-Type

I had a customer question about using Um Al Qura calendar in SQL Server. There is an existing implementation in the .NET Framework, starting from version 2.0 of UmAlquraCalendar. So what you need to do is define a new CLR type based on the UmAlQuraCalendar and then use it in SQL server, either define fields…

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DataGridView with RTL Columns

I had an interesting customer scenario, which is common among developers that deal with more than language. Basically you have an English WinForm application that uses the DataGridView , but you have the Names field in Arabic. So, you want to keep the DataGridView in English , but change one column only to right-to-left. I…

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