Silverlight 2.0

You probably all read Scott Guthries weblog, so I don’t even have to create a link to it! 😉

But he just announced Silverlight 2.0.It’s basically 1.1 with too many features to call it a point release. And while the list below isn’t the final list, it’s a cool list to see what’s coming in 2.0.A beta with GoLive license will be released Q1 2008.Hopefully sooner than later. And instead of just playing around with it, I’ll try to write some blog entries for it. One of my wishes is to build the Class-A WinterClass banner in Silverlight with snow that’ll stick on the ground or even on the Class-A logo or so.

Here’s Scott’s list of new features in Silverlight 2.0

  • 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 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).
  • 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.