Utility: Extmap Maker v1.1

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Quite some time ago, I wrote small utility which helped to create external map manifest file for Silverlight assemblies. This manifest is needed to enable XAP reduction feature (you can read more about it here). I have been told, that the utility is not working with assemblies compiled with Silverlight 5, so I decided to update it. The new version compatible with Silverlight 3, 4 & 5 assemblies. Please note, that new version requires .NET 4.0 Client profile in order to work. Updated version can be downloaded from here.   Stay tuned, Alex

Utility: Extmap Maker

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Silverlight 3 has nice feature to reduce the XAP package size of application by providing external assembly parts. To enable this feature use Silverlight project properties: When this enabled, most of Microsoft assemblies will not reside inside XAP package, but as ZIP files alongside the XAP itself. The application manifest will point to those ZIP files. This will enable browser caching mechanism. Actually, compiler “decides” which assembly will could be used as external ZIP assembly by presence of valid external map manifest file alongside assembly. I’ll not describe what is in this manifest – those, who want to know...