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.
I figured that Silverlight would get better by the time of release, so this doesn’t surprise me much. But I see more bullet points that attract my eye. Reading further:
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).
I’ll refrain from sullying your screen with the filth that spewed out of my mouth when I read this (ESPECIALLY the bit about the built in DataGrid); but it was pretty much a recreation of the scene in Boondock Saints when Roc discovered that the McManus brothers had killed a room full of Russian Mafiosi (just discovered that word is the plural of Mafioso thanks to Live Writer). Back on subject, this is nothing short of amazing news! Let’s not forget the fact that this release will run on Macs and Linux. Add in the networking APIs and BCL support (including LINQ) and you have a compelling development platform. Excluding the WPF 3D library, Silverlight 2.0 will essentially live up to the original Silverlight codename and be WPF Everywhere.
Oh here was the killer! Silverlight 2.0 will go into Beta soon with Go Live license!
Scott’s post has some stuff in there about ASP.NET and Ajax and stuff…but I wasn’t really listening to all that. It sounds good and all but not half as thrilling as the Silverlight news. Adobe who?