Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2

Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2

Summary: Scott Guthrie just posted a first look at Silverlight 2 on his blog and confirmed some of the things we've been expecting, first and foremost that Silverlight 2 beta 1 will be released shortly (possibly even before MIX next month?).

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Scott Guthrie just posted a first look at Silverlight 2 on his blog and confirmed some of the things we've been expecting, first and foremost that Silverlight 2 beta 1 will be released shortly (possibly even before MIX next month?). He also runs down some of the features that we can expect for the beta 1 including WPF UI Framework, Rich Controls, Rich Networking Support and a Rich Base Class Library.

This is going to be a big deal for RIAs. Silverlight 1.0 primarily focused on video and Silverlight 2 looks like it's going to help bridge the gap some between WPF and Silverlight. That's generally a good thing in terms of people building applications as well as making the tooling work well between the two platforms. It will be interesting to see how much of the WPF UI framework will make it into Silverlight and how those two technologies converge over time. Will we be looking at WPF as a roadmap for Silverlight?

With the Rich Controls and Networking Support we should start to see some real applications built with Silverlight. This also means that some of Microsoft's core properties could see Silverlight versions rolled out. There were some creative things done with Silverlight 1.0 but the inclusion of controls means less rolling your own components and more time spent actually fleshing out an application. It's going to be a big year for RIAs.

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft

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  • What you didn't mention...

    was the small size of the beta 1 download - 4.3Mb. It should not be a barrier to people downloading it.

    (I appreciate its about 2x size of flash, but this includes a ful JIT'd VM.)

    Also, seems it will ship with some controls that WPF doesnt currently have (DataGrid, DatePicker).
    TheTruthisOutThere1
  • RE: Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2.0

    Weird for me to say, but it looks not-half-bad. The verbosity of the XML and the Capitalization Of All Attributes drives me nuts, but the programming model looks awfully familiar to a Flex developer...

    A few things I noticed:

    * There's mention of a networking model, but no automarshalling, such as AS3 <-> Java / CFC's, which really makes life great for doing "real" applications.

    * He mentions RIA as "Rich Internet Application," not "Rich Interactive Application," which makes me think that he's going to be shipped off to the Microsoft equivalent of Siberia for being off message. Either that, or we can all point at Scott Barnes and giggle.

    One thing I really liked:

    It _looks_ good. The scrollbars, buttons, etc., make the default Flex skin look like PowerBuilder. Maybe Flex 3.01 can ship with a fed default skins other than sorta-green-ugly?
    joe63
    • Rich INTERNET Applications

      >> He mentions RIA as "Rich Internet Application," not "Rich Interactive Application

      Silverlight is an internet based technology, there for the RIA = Rich Internet Applications. If Scott said Internet for WPF, then he'd be in Siberia.
      nukeation
  • Who cares, it's a Microsoft "technology"

    and they have a few years of good behaviour to do to make up for their past yet.
    fr0thy
    • Take out the comma: "Who cares it's a Microsoft "technology?"

      And you have an interesting question. At the end of the day, end users will use whatever websites are interest/useful/cool/fun. Will they care if its built on Silverlight? Will they even know? A few surely will boycott, but most wont ever know.

      So Microsoft has to worry about appealing to developers with this. There does seem to be some genuine interest in Silverlight 2.0, and the large community of .Net developers clearly aren't worried just 'cos its from Microsoft.

      I think also a lot of Python and Ruby developers will also not be quite so dismissive as you are, simply because they have no other options to run cross platform, cross browser client side Python or Ruby.
      TheTruthisOutThere1