Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tools Released

Tuesday May 18th 2010 by -
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Microsoft made available on Monday Sliverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010, an add-on package for the Visual Studio 2010 IDE providing tooling for the Sliverlight 4 rich Internet plugin-in platform

Working with either the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer Express tools, Silverlight 4 Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio supports capabilities such as Silverlight 4's elevated trust and out-of-browser application functions. Other Silverlight 4 capabilities supported include Style Intellisense, for modifying XAML styles; Data Source Selector, for modifying data source information; and Go To Value Definition, for navigating directly from controls on a page to styles applied to them.

Silverlight 4 Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 includes many essential features to help you work with your Silverlight 4 applications:

  • Support for targeting Silverlight 4 in the Silverlight designer and project system
  • RIA Services application templates and libraries to simplify access to your data services (check out this Silverlight.tv
  • video and whitepaper giving full details)
  • Support for Silverlight 4 elevated trust and out-of-browser applications
  • Enhanced support for other new Silverlight 4 features, including:
    • Working with Implicit Styles
      • Go To Value Definition - navigate directly from controls on your page to styles that are applied to them.
      • Style Intellisense - easily modify styles you already have in XAML
    • Working with Data Source Window outputs
      • Data Source Selector - easily select and modify your data source information
      • Grid Row and Column context menu - Add, remove, and re-sort DSW outputs and other Grid layouts
      • Thickness Editor for editing Margins, Padding etc
  • Sample Data Support - see your item templates and bindings light up at design time
  • Working with Silverlight 4 Out-of-Browser applications
    • Automatically launch and debug your OOB app from inside the IDE
    • Specify XAP signing for trusted OOB apps
    • Set the OOB window characteristics

Silverlight is Microsoft's entrant into the rich Internet application space, with rivals such as Adobe Systems Flash, and newcomer HTML 5 - which has been emerging as a potential rival and eventual replacement for single-vendor technologies such as Flash and Silverlight.

Siverlight 4 Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 can be downloaded from here

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