Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Silverlight 1.^H^H2.0: Controls are here

Category: Microsoft

When Silverlight came out of the gate, some were pretty surprised to see that there were no UI controls such as buttons. Really? I have to draw the components myself? You could tell that they went after Flash.old. Well, this was a 1.x release, and it is getting better. Scott Guthrie just announced some plans for Silverlight where they changed the version of 1.1 to 2.0, but also added:

  • Rich Controls: Silverlight will deliver a rich set of controls that make building Rich Internet Applications much easier. The next Silverlight preview release will add support for core form controls (textbox, checkbox, radiobutton, etc), built-in layout management controls (StackPanel, Grid, etc), common functionality controls (TabControl, Slider, ScrollViewer, ProgressBar, etc) and data manipulation controls (DataGrid, etc).
  • WPF UI Framework: The current Silverlight Alpha release only includes basic controls support and a managed API for UI drawing. The next public Silverlight preview will add support for the higher level features of the WPF UI framework. These include: the extensible control framework model, layout manager support, two-way data-binding support, and control template and skinning support. The WPF UI Framework features in Silverlight will be a compatible subset of the WPF UI Framework features in last week’s .NET Framework 3.5 release.
  • Rich Networking Support: Silverlight will deliver rich networking support. The next Silverlight preview release will add support for REST, POX, RSS, and WS* communication. It will also add support for cross domain network access (so that Silverlight clients can access resources and data from any trusted source on the web).
  • Rich Base Class Library Support: Silverlight will include a rich .NET base class library of functionality (collections, IO, generics, threading, globalization, XML, local storage, etc). The next Silverlight preview release will also add built-in support for LINQ to XML and richer HTML DOM API integration.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am

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java applet +1

Comment by Arnaud — December 5, 2007

But not a vorpal applet +1 of Flex Slaying.

Comment by Jon Hartmann — December 5, 2007

I would say it is more like flash than an applet.

Expression studio is amazing and far more intuitive than Falsh.

Comment by Site Smart — December 5, 2007

When is the next Silverlight preview release expected? It looks like that’s where most of the goodies are.

Comment by BookWise — December 5, 2007

at mix’08

Comment by Magnus — December 5, 2007

Jon Harmann, I salute you! =o)

Comment by Alejandro Moreno — December 6, 2007

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