Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 Release

Posted 19 October 2009  

The Silverlight Toolkit (October 2009) release is now live. The 5th release of the product, the toolkit contains a great set of components and features that many of our customers have asked for. Our most recent release, July ’09, has had over 129,000 developer downloads to date.

Here’s what you need to get going:

Download the Silverlight Toolkit installer for Silverlight 3 (source code included in the installer, or online here)
Silverlight.net discussion forums for the controls
Issue tracker page on CodePlex
Changes between the July 2009 and October 2009 releases

Our installations are side-by-side friendly, so even if you have a previous release, you’ll want to install this one for sure.

Here are a few highlights from this release:

Awesome Visual Studio 2010 design experience

The fully interactive design surface in Visual Studio 2010 really completes the Silverlight development experience. The Silverlight Toolkit contains a rich set of metadata that makes the controls even easier to use.

Dev10

Drag & Drop

A set of drag and drop targets for ListBox, DataGrid, charts, etc., allows you to add drag & drop support to these controls in a single line of XAML (by enclosing them in a <toolkit:ListBoxDragDropDecorator /> element). Rich LOB-style apps are even easier to build now! Find out more here.

DragAndDrop

Charting improvements

Continued advancement of the charting APIs, optimized for extensibility and performance. Details.

About the Silverlight Toolkit

In case you’ve never used the Silverlight Toolkit, here’s what you’ll find inside:

Mature/Silverlight SDK

AutoCompleteBox
Calendar
ChildWindow
DataGrid
DataPager
DatePicker
GridSplitter
HeaderedItemsControl
TabControl
TreeView

Stable
DockPanel
Expander
HeaderedContentControl
Label
NumericUpDown
Viewbox
WrapPanel

Preview
Accordion
Charting
DataForm
DomainUpDown
ImplicitStyleManager
LayoutTransformer
Rating
TimePicker
TimeUpDown
11 designer visual themes

Experimental
GlobalCalendar
TransitioningContentControl
TreeMap
Drag and Drop support for items controls

Hope you enjoy the new features!

Jeff Wilcox is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft on the Azure team.

Jeff has been at Microsoft since 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. Jeff lives in downtown Seattle.

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