New Beta 10 of C#/XAML for HTML5 Available! Here are the Top New Features
September 28, 2016 — The new beta 10.0 of C#/XAML for HTML5 is available! The free Visual Studio extension that enables developers to create HTML5 apps using only C# and XAML has reached a new milestone. With both bug fixes and new features, this update is recommended to all users.
What's new since Beta 9.0:
- New "Picker" feature in the XAML Visual Tree Inspector, to select the item to inspect in the Simulator
- New Visual Studio Item Templates for ChildWindow, ResX, and XAML Resource Dictionary (to use them, right-click on the project in the Solution Explorer, and click "Add" => "New Item...")
- More DateTime methods: ToShortTimeString, ToLongTimeString, ToShortDateString, ToLocalTime, TimeOfDay
- RightTapped event (right-click)
- ScrollBar control
- More Linq methods and overloads: Single, SingleOrDefault, LastOrDefault, GroupBy, Min, Max, Sum, Union, ThenBy, Take, Skip, Except, Distinct, ToDictionary, Contains, Intersect, Aggregate
- ClipToBounds (like in WPF) to crop the content of a control that exceeds its boundaries
- VisualTreeHelper.FindElementsInHostCoordinates to know what elements are present at a given (X,Y) position (note: it currently only returns the top-most element at that position)
- VisualTreeHelper.GetChildrenCount and GetChild
- Negative Margins
- SizeChanged event
- MinWidth, MinHeight, MaxWidth, and MaxHeight
- Value coercion in dependency properties
- StringSplitOptions in String.Split
- ActualWidth and ActualHeight in Column and Row Definitions
- Support for non-native ComboBox, that is, a ComboBox that can contain things other than Strings, such as UIElements or DataTemplates. To use such a ComboBox, just set the "UseNativeComboBox" property to false, like this: <ComboBox UseNativeComboBox="False" />
- New "Advanced Tools" menu in the Simulator with ability to:
- execute custom JS code
- view the history of the JS code executed by the Simulator
- count the number of DOM elements for performance optimization
- restart the app
- view the current HTML or save it to file
- view the html/js compilation log
- Binding between a string and a value type is now automatic (like in standard XAML)
- Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse are no longer "sealed" classes
- Bug fixes:
- Fixed the "XmlReader is stuck" error during serialization and WCF calls
- Fixed "cannot construct UInt64 from negative number" exception when dealing with dates
- Fixed an issue with ScaleTransform.ScaleY and CompositeTransform.ScaleY
- Fixed all the outstanding issues related to the ListBox control and the HTML-based native ComboBox control
- Fixed an issue that caused the Path and other shape controls to randomly disappear in the Simulator
- LinearGradientBrush under FireFox is no longer rotated 90 degrees
- When removing an item from the visual tree and putting it back, the DataContext is now properly updated
- Improved the default Height of the TextBox control
- Support for Thickness using spaces rather than commas in XAML
- Control.GetTemplatedChild() method no longer throws an exception if the name is not found
- Dragging an image no longer causes the browser to initiate a drag behavior. This enables the C#/XAML drag-and-drop features (such as the Thumb control or the PointerMoved event) to function properly
- passing "null" instead of a Metadata in the declaration of a DependencyProperty no longer throws an exception.
- Fixed an issue related to the alignment and positioning of controls in a Canvas
- Fixed the exception that was raised when setting PointerEntered without setting PointerExited events
- Fixed an issue that could prevent ColorAnimation from working when declared outside a ControlTemplate
- Fixed an issue where (int)(-1) resulted in 2147483647
- Fixed an issue that prevented using bindings with ElementName inside a ControlTemplate or a DataTemplate
- Significantly improved the reliability of the DateTime class
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About C#/XAML for HTML5:
C#/XAML for HTML5 is a free extension for Visual Studio that enables developers to create cross-platform HTML5 apps exclusively using C# and XAML.
Benefits over alternative cross-platform development tools include zero learning curve for C#/XAML developers, a robust well-organized strongly-typed development experience, the ability to share C# code between the client and the server, and the ability to port legacy apps to the modern web with minimal effort, notably to convert Silverlight apps to HTML.
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