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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate.


I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Beta has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for SSWUG on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Beta” Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features:

What is new in the Silverlight 5 Beta?

  • Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows.
  • Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property on the control that contains it.
  • Implicit DataTemplates – Allows you to target a data template for a specific data type.
  • ClickCount - Enables Multi-click input on left/right mouse buttons.
  • Binding on Style Setter – Allows binding to be used within styles.
  • Realtime Sound (low-latency Audio) - Enables pre-loading of an audio source for precision timing of playback. (Multiple playback is ok)
  • Variable Speed Playback (“Trick Play”) – Fast-Forward or review at variable speeds.
  • Linked Text Containers - Text will overflow from one to the next.
  • Custom Markup Extensions – Allow you to run custom code from XAML.
  • XAML Binding Debugging - Setting breakpoints in XAML
  • 3D Graphics API - accelerated visualization and rich user experiences.

So in other words, a lot of new stuff has been added and is available to play with right now. I begin this series by showing you where to get the tools to getting your development environment setup to begin developing with Silverlight 5. After that I will take a closer look at several features.

The Full Article

The full article is hosted on SSWUG and you can access it by clicking here. Don’t forget to rate it and leave comments if you have any problems.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:56 AM | Back to top

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