XAML Coding with Xamlon
Xamlon released its application development package, Xamlon Pro 1.0.
Composed of a XAML runtime engine and tool set, Xamlon Pro 1.0 equips developers with the essentials to begin coding in XAML, the XML-based markup language for Microsoft’s next-generation operating system scheduled to debut in 2006. With Xamlon Pro 1.0, developers can use XAML to rapidly build and deploy applications for current versions of Windows, gain experience today in the future of Windows user interface development, and write applications that will port easily to future platforms.
Introduced by Microsoft in 2003 as the new user interface language for its next operating system, XAML allows developers to separate user interface code from application logic, providing better control over interface layout and drastically reducing development time. This two-tier development model allows developers to change the user interface without rewriting logic and event-handling code.
“The technology behind Microsoft’s XAML is revolutionary and is likely to become the new de facto standard. Xamlon, Inc. is committed to the developer community and we want to provide this technology to developers now so they can begin realizing its benefits and be ahead of the curve,” stated Paul Colton, CEO of Xamlon.
A key feature of Xamlon Pro 1.0 is a XAML runtime engine that enables developers to easily generate and compile XAML files to create deployable .exe files. Xamlon Pro 1.0 also includes tools and converters that allow developers to use the engine in conjunction with common design programs such as Visual Studio.NET 2003 and Adobe Illustrator. In addition, XamlPad, a XAML notepad, offers quick XAML interface prototyping. Finally, Xamlon offers online XAML education and extensive community forums.
“XAML represents a fundamentally important shift in the way developers create Windows applications, moving to a much higher level of abstraction and an XML-based declarative model that makes richly multimedia and interactive client applications accessible to a much larger group of developers than earlier, programming-intensive approaches,” stated Peter O’Kelly, senior analyst, Burton Group. “Developers will need a richer range of XAML resources in order to ride this new wave. Xamlon recognizes this need and is positioning itself as a provider of XAML development resources.”
“We are bridging the gap between now and 2006 and helping to shift the developer community from XML to XAML. Our long-term plan is to provide developers with valuable designer tools and a stable XAML development platform that will keep pace with Microsoft’s platform as it evolves,” commented Colton.
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