Silverlight Toolkit to the rescue

The WP7 dev tools RTM’ed last night so we finally have a bona-fide pivot and panorama controls.

Unfortunately, as much of an advance as this is it still doesn’t completely make up for the fact that the default WP7 control set is still incomplete.  We’re still missing a a lot of cool gadgets and effects that make the native apps “sing”.

Thankfully the Silverlight Toolkit team have come to the rescue and are filling some (but not all) of the gaps in the official SDK.  The team has released the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit.  Anyone who has done any level of Silverlight development will already be familiar with the Silverlight Toolkit.  Indeed many (including myself) have already used some parts of the main Silverlight Toolkit in Windows Phone 7 apps already. 

With the release of Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit the team are adding, features that are specific to the Phone, which includes:

  • GestureService/GestureListener
  • ContextMenu
  • DatePicker Control
  • TimePicker Control
  • ToggleSwitch Control
  • WrapPanel
  • The DatePicker, TimePicker and ToggleSwitch are all essential controls. 

    Unfortunately there are still one or two native controls for which there are no Silverlight equivalent, but these go a long way in rounding out some of the missing features in the main SDK.

    Download the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit.

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