Unable to start Debugging. The Silverlight Developer Run time is not installed. Please install a matching version

If you have enabled the automatic updates to Silverlight , then you might face this issue if you download and update the version of Silverlight to the latest version. Now when you will start your Silverlight application it will complain to you that it can’t start debugging as a matching version of Silverlight Developer Runtime is not installed. This is not a big trouble its just that you have updated the copy of your Silverlight but the silverilght developer runtime also needs to be updated, microsoft should have given or mentioned it clearly somewhere while updating the Silverlight version but it hasn’t i.e why its difficult to find. The simple solution is to go to www.silverlight.net and scroll down to the home page you will find a heading where you have “Developer runtime for Windows and OSX”. Under this section go and download the Windows developer runtime and install this runtime. This will do the trick for you after installing that when you restart your visual studio you will find that you are able to debug your applications as you were doing earlier.

Also given below is the direct link to download the Silverlight Developer runtime http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=188039 Happy Programming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Silverlight Spy: A must have tool for any Silverlight Developer

I have been using up Silverlight Spy from many months now, i do a lot of Silverlight development and believe me its a must have tool for every Silverlight developer it gives a feeling that a lot of developer tools have been combined for a Silverlight Developer you have a lot of things in Silverlight Spy, it can be compared to what firebug is to general web development , Silverlight Spy is to a Silverlight Developer. I will show you various different features of Silverlight Spy just as the write-up progresses. Silverlight Spy Features List discussed in the write-up :- 1.Browser Feature 2.Explorer Feature 3.Output Log 4.Properties Window 5.Code View /XAML/C# 6.Statistics 7.Performance Monitor 8.Event Monitor 9.Network Monitor 10.Application Analyzer 11.DLR Shell 12.Cross Domain Access Policy Validator 13.Advanced Settings and Options Now lets start analyzing every single feature of the Silverlight Spy.

1.Browser Feature Silverlight spy comes with inbuilt browser feature you can just give the url to any of  Silverlight application and the silverlight spy will open that application for you in the inbuilt browser facility.

2.Explorer Feature Explorer feature is used to navigate to each element in the Silverlight tree , you can go inside each and every element tree to look into what is the xaml used to build up that application. Explorer feature combined with various other inbuilt features will let you do in depth analysis and study of the code.Explorer feature is very useful while you are stuck in small UI issues like your canvas or stack panel or grid are not positioning correctly, silverlight spy will be savior for you at those moments. Like firebug for html pages silverlight  spy also have this highlighting feature in-built as soon as you select some element it will get highlighted in the UI in the inbuilt browser.

Also there is a cool shortcut to quickly highlight and navigate to a particular element in the application , use Ctrl + Shift to navigate to an element in the silverlight tree. So you can navigate both ways either selecting an element from the UI to the explorer tree or from the explorer tree to the element in the application.

3.Output Log

Output window tells you every minute details which are going on while your app is either loading or running sometime you get really frustrating

Output window tells you every minute details which are going on while your app is either loading or running sometime you get really frustrating Ag_Parser errors due to some missing images and many other reasons which you cannot know just by looking into the firebug details of your browser. So this output window is really helpful in those scenarios as well. Also the output window lets you know the type of Silverlight application your are using this means the version , prerequisites if any.

4.Properties Window

Properties window is a special window where in you can change the properties of the element selected in the explorer window as shown above in the figure. Property window is a great help to find small UI bugs you can adjust margins, padding and height and width and various other properties to reflect changes in the browser so that you know what exactly you need to change in order to get the change in the actual code. Explorer view also contains various other features such as Object Browser, Isolated Storage Browser, UI Automation , Styles and also the User Interface.

Properties window is a special window where in you can change the properties of the element selected in the explorer window as shown above in the figure. Property window is a great help to find small UI bugs you can adjust margins, padding and height and width and various other properties to reflect changes in the browser so that you know what exactly you need to change in order to get the change in the actual code. Explorer view also contains various other features such as Object Browser, Isolated Storage Browser, UI Automation , Styles and also the User Interface.

Properties window is a special window where in you can change the properties of the element selected in the explorer window as shown above in the figure. Property window is a great help to find small UI bugs you can adjust margins, padding and height and width and various other properties to reflect changes in the browser so that you know what exactly you need to change in order to get the change in the actual code. Explorer view also contains various other features such as Object Browser, Isolated Storage Browser, UI Automation , Styles and also the User Interface.

5.Code View /XAML/C#

       

6.Statistics Statistics window is also a very important and informative part of the Silverlight spy package it calculates for you the number of objects which have been created under a UI Element , you can get the idea of how many elements are getting created under that UI element and whether so many elements are required or not , it gives you information of the Objects including the UIElements, Geometries and Brushes

7.Performance Monitor Performance Monitor consists of Memory profiling, process profiling, processor usage, frame rate and isolated storage usage. Performance monitor gives you the real picture of how much memory all your objects and application is taking , how many processes are running and what is the actual load on the processor due to the application, what frame rate is the application running on, and how much isolated storage is being occupied by the Silverlight application

 

8.Event Monitor Event Monitor is another important tool built inside the Silverlight Spy , basically Event monitor monitors and reports every event which is getting fired ranging from Mouse Enter to GotFocus and all other events , its very helpful when you want to know why your specific event is not firing or what is causing your event to not fire , its really helpful in those situations. Another good things is that you can customize which events you want to fire leaving other unnoticed because many times you would not like to fire the mouseEnter event every time because its really irritating.

9.Network Monitor Network monitor tracks all the traffic passing through the wires it acts like a mini fiddler from within the Silverlight spy, you can get basic network monitoring features for the application  using this Network Monitor tool.

 

10.Application Analyzer Application Analyzer consists of two tabs one tab contains the rules and another tab contains the results which are shown after the analyze process is complete.Rules consist of Deployment Rules and Performance Rules

      

11.DLR Shell We can also execute dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python in the silverlight applications AppDomain , it has a lot of inbuilt samples also for executing with the DLR Shell, its a very powerful and really interesting feature.

 

12.Cross Domain Access Policy Validator Cross Domain Access Policy Validator will let you know the status of the cross domain access of the the service files on your server it checks for the correct clientaccesspolicy.xml and crossdomain.xml files if you want to make cross domains call to a server and you want to know whether the server allows cross domains calls or not you can just check the server with the Cross Domain Access Policy Validator tool.  

13.Advanced Settings and Options There are various other advanced settings which you can configure according to your development needs, as mentioned above you can add the code reflection support to look up into the code from the xap file using the reflector you just have to give the path of the reflector.exe and silverlight spy will automatically decompile the Silverlight assemblies for you.

Sometimes if you have a slow internet connection and the xap file size is large then it might take a long time to download for such situations you can increase the xap file download time to any number of seconds otherwise silverlight spy will give a timeout error as soon as the default time is passed.

Silverlight spy gives you an option to turn on the inbuilt ruler to have accurate measurements in the application UI you can look yourself the relative margins and the height and widths of the UI elements.

You can download the latest bits of the Silverlight spy which works for the latest Silverlight 4 build from http://firstfloorsoftware.com/downloads/SilverlightSpy3/SilverlightSpy.3.0.0.11.msi Happy Programming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Update : 22 Sept 2010 If you are using Silverlight Spy with your MEF application in Silverlight then you will get a nice little error as soon as you try to open up your application in Silverlight Spy.To rectify this you have to go to Tools –> Options –> Advanced->Enable DLR and uncheck the enable DLR option.


The property 'Multiple Select' does not exist on the type 'RadGridView' in the XML namespace 'clr-namespace:Telerik.Windows.Controls;assembly=Telerik.Windows.Controls.GridView'

If you have updated from the Q32009 version of Telerik RadSilverlight controls to the latest Q1 2010 release of the RadSilverlight controls and you were using MultipleSelect property in the RadGrid then you will get this error. Its very simple to resolve this error this property on the RadGrid has been declared obsolete and has been replaced by a new property called “SelectionMode” If you were using MultipleSelect = False, then now you can use SelectionMode = Single , this is the default value and it says only one item can be selected at a time. If you were using MultipleSelect = True , then now you can use SelectionMode = Extended. this means that items are added to the collection by combining the mouse clicks with Ctrl or Shift keys There is one more value to this property and this is like SelectionMode = Multiple this means that items are added to collection on the click of the item and are removed from the collection when you click again on the item. So above mentioned is the solution to your problem if you have recently upgraded from the older version of RadSilverlight controls to the new version of the controls. Happy Programming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ElementBinding,Binding Modes & UpdateSourceTrigger Property in Silverlight

Silverlight has a great binding syntax and its two way binding approach is a life saver, also it gives room to various new and creative concepts which developers can use to create really cool apps and features. In this article i will talk a little about the Two Way Silverlight binding and the UpdateSourceTrigger Property. Consider an example where we have a TextBox and a Silder control, now we want our TextBox to change its numeric text as we move the thumb of the slider control, now doing this is very simple in Silverlight by the element to element binding syntax, you just have to set the textbox text property to bind to the element slider and set its binding path to the value property of the slider control.

<Slider x:Name="slider" Maximum = "40" Value= "10" />
<TextBox x:Name="tbSliderValues" Text="{Binding ElementName = slider,Path = Value}"/>

So by the above code what you can do is as soon as you change the slider value i.e as you move the slider thumb the text in the textbox gets changed to the current value of the slider.

Now what if you change the text in the textbox , will the same thing works in the reverse order as well , meaning changing the text in the textbox will change the slider value , is it possible ????

Yes this is possible with a very simple tweak , just say thanks to the TwoWay DataBinding syntax of Silverlight

Just modify your code as given below and it will work like charm.

<Slider x:Name="slider" Maximum = "40" Value= "10" />
<TextBox x:Name="tbSliderValues" Text="{Binding ElementName = slider,Path = Value,Mode = TwoWay}"/>

Also to make a little point here about the different types of mode available in Silverlight, basically there are 3 types of mode in Silverlight :-

  1. OneWay
  2. TwoWay
  3. OneTime

One way is used when you know that the changes have to take place in only one direction meaning you can use oneway mode with Slider and TextBlock control in a simple case.

TwoWay mode is used when you want both the binding elements to reflect changes when either one is changed.TwoWay binding mode is the most commonly used mode in silverlight.

OneTime mode is used when you already know that you need to perform binding only one time and later the values related to that thing will never change in your application or if ever they are changing you are not reflecting those changes to your UI.

That said you have got the idea about the binding in Silverlight,now consider a situation in which you have a textbox and on the textchanged property you want to perform the binding to the slider, by setting the mode to two way will only work in this case when you loose focus from the text box i mean it will by default not work on the textchanged event.

So here what we have to do is explicitly force an Update to the property value.

private void tbSliderValue_TextChanged(object sender, TextChangedEventArgs e)
{
BindingExpression expression =
tbSliderValue.GetBindingExpression(TextBox.TextProperty);
expression.UpdateSource();
}

Now this will update your property everytime the textchanged event is fired for the textbox.

Now if you know that you will not need to update this using the default behaviour as in the case above you can reduce overhead by specifying the UpdateSourceTrigger = Explicit which tells that you already have set the update behavior explicitly so no need to check for the updates

<Slider x:Name="slider" Value="1" Maximum="100" Minimum="1" Width="300" Height="20" />
<TextBox x:Name="tbxSliderValue" TextChanged="tbxSliderValue_TextChanged" Text="{Binding Value, ElementName=slider, Mode=TwoWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=Explicit}" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="300"/>

UpdateSourceTrigger property has only two values one is Explicit and another is Default

Happy Programminig!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cannot get the list of output files from the project

If you are a Silverlight developer who likes to keep himself updated on the latest stuff around in technology then you might face this problem. Actually this happens when you upgrade your system to VS2010 , by update i don’t mean that you are changing the target framework to be used to .net framework 4.0 update here just means that your .csproj file now knows that it has to open itself with VS2010 but after sometime if you feel that VS2010 beta is unstable, which looked to me also then you want to revert back to old and tested VS2008 everything can be reverted back without problems but when you will build the project in VS2008 you will notice that it complains “Cannot get the list of output files from the project” this is because the ToolsVersion used is still 4.0 The simple solution is to just go to the .csproj file in any of the text editors and modify the ToolsVersion in every project in the solution which contains your silverlight project. Just replace the ToolsVersion = 4.0 with ToolsVersion= 3.5 and your solution will start working again. That’s it. Happy Programming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Silverlight 3 RIA Services :- Cannot resolve symbol web

If you are using RIA Services with Silverlight and facing the problem that Web part or the server part of the project is not getting recognized on the client side or the Silverlight side, then one probable and main cause is that you are using Resharper and if that’s the case then the below solution will help you tackle this problem. Before applying this solution do check that RIA Services is installed on your machine because if its not installed then the cause of this problem would be RIA Services itself is not present on the machine.But if it’s installed and you are still facing the same problem then here goes the solution.

  • Just go to your solution and in the client project or the Silverlight project click on the “Show all files” icon

  • You will notice a Generated_Code folder inside the Silverlight project

  • Right click on the Generated_Code folder and select the include in project option

  • As soon as you include the Generated_Code folder in your project the problem you were facing will be removed.
  • This will also remove one other problem, if you use both Expression Blend and Visual Studio for the development then you might have observed if you have opened a file inside the visual studio and expression blend simultaneously if you build your solution in Visual Studio then it asks to overwrite files inside the generated_code folder, if you include this generated_code folder inside the project then this problem will also be removed.
  • One important thing to keep in mind is never try to modify files inside this folder as they are generated dynamically the above workaround is simply to solve issues that come across the development to quick and ease things.

Happy Programming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 Released

I am glad to announce that my favorite Silverlight Toolkit has a next release out for production use earlier release was in July 2009 and now its the October Release. You can download this release at http://silverlight.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=30514#DownloadId=88327 Change List includes

Visual Studio 2010 Support
  • All controls updated to provide a great design time experience in Visual Studio 2010
Charting
  • All classes now unsealed
  • ISeries interface introduced as base interface for all Series
  • Breaking change: StylePalette renamed Palette and type changed to IEnumerable<ResourceDictionary> from IEnumerable<Style>
  • LegendItemStyle introduced to provide easier customization of LegendItem
Drag & Drop
  • Drag & drop support added for common items controls such as ListBox, TreeView, DataGrid, and charting controls.
  • System.Windows.Controls.Data.Toolkit assembly added.
  • The System.Reactive assembly is now installed alongside other Silverlight Toolkit binaries.

Other Updates

Accordion
  • Themes updated to add support for this control
ChildWindow
  • Themes updated to add support for this control
DataForm
  • Themes updated to add support for this control
DataPager
  • Themes updated to add support for this control
DomainUpDown
  • Mouse wheel support added to change value
GlobalCalendar
  • Mouse wheel support added to navigate between months in year mode and years in decade mode
GridSplitter
  • Themes updated to add support for this control
TimePicker / TimeUpDown
  • Mouse wheel support added
TreeMap
  • VB Sample added

Text not scaling properly during animation in Silverlight

If you are facing the problem where you text is not scaling properly and the animation is not coming smooth then in this kind of situation you have to use something which can find the nearest neighbor and convert the values in accordance with this nearest neighbor. If you are using Silverlight then you can do this very easily by typing just one line of code. For Silverlight 2 you have to type RenderOptions.TextRenderingMode = “RenderForAnimation” For Silverlight 3 you have to type TextOptions.TextHintingMode = "Animation" Both of these ensure that the text animation is proper, if you don’t use these properties then you will find sometime when you are applying some scaling or any other rendering transformation on any container which also contains some text element then this text element inside the container will also scale. I will give main emphasis on Silverlight 3 property i.e TextOptions.TextHintingMode This property takes one of two possible values: Animated or Fixed. “Animated optimizes for animation by using a more efficient, but less visually precise, smoothing algorithm. Text is still readable and the loss of precision is not that severe.” Fixed uses an algorithm that is optimized for visually precise text smoothing, but can lead to performance issues. For example, when animations are applied to properties of a text element, in particular FontSize, you might see jitters. When transforms, positioning, or projections are applied to text elements, you might see performance issues. Fixed is the default. You can apply this property to a layout container and the setting will apply to any text element within that container. However, in general, you should apply this property directly to a text element, such as a TextBlock, TextBox, or Glyphs, where the animations applied will only affect the text. Happy Programming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!