An exciting first look at Silverlight 2.0 with Scott Guthrie


Scott Guthrie has done it again and posted an amazing first look at Silverlight 2.0.  Make sure to hop on over to his blog and check out the detailed tutorials he has on what to expect in Silverlight 2.0.

Some highlights in this updated release of Silverlight will include:

  • WPF UI Framework: Silverlight 2 includes a rich WPF-based UI framework that makes building rich Web applications much easier.  In includes a powerful graphics and animation engine, as well as rich support for higher-level UI capabilities like controls, layout management, data-binding, styles, and template skinning.  The WPF UI Framework in Silverlight is a compatible subset of the WPF UI Framework features in the full .NET Framework, and enables developers to re-use skills, controls, code and content to build both rich cross browser web applications, as well as rich desktop Windows applications.
  • Rich Controls: Silverlight 2 includes a rich set of built-in controls that developers and designers can use to quickly build applications.  This upcoming Beta1 release includes core form controls (TextBox, CheckBox, RadioButton, etc), built-in layout management panels (StackPanel, Grid, Panel, etc), common functionality controls (Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar, DatePicker, etc), and data manipulation controls (DataGrid, ListBox, etc).  The built-in controls support a rich control templating model, which enables developers and designers to collaborate together to build highly polished solutions.

·         Rich Networking Support: Silverlight 2 includes rich networking support.  It includes out of the box support for calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS, and standard HTTP services.  It supports cross domain network access (enabling Silverlight clients to directly access resources and data from resources on the web).  Beta1 also includes built-in sockets networking support.

  • Rich Base Class Library: Silverlight 2 includes a rich .NET base class library of functionality (collections, IO, generics, threading, globalization, XML, local storage, etc).  It includes rich APIs that enable HTML DOM/JavaScript integration with .NET code.  It also includes LINQ and LINQ to XML library support (enabling easy transformation and querying of data), as well as local data caching and storage support.  The .NET APIs in Silverlight are a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

As an example, he creates a Silverlight 2.0 application using just a few lines of C# and XAML code that uses the‘s (Shout out to Alex and Kevin – I’ve watched you guys since TechTV thanks for all the great podcasts!) REST API to show how  easy it is to pull data from any source on the web and show it in a really rich way.  Not only that, it is running in Safari! 

Check it out here!

Expect to hear more exciting things in the days ahead with just 10 days left to go till MIX08!

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Comments (6)

  1. lpearls says:

    Very good article, if i were you i would do that too.

  2. Scott,

     Is the 2.0 release going to contain the Text Reading and Flow Document stuff from WPF?

  3. Sorry, posted in wrong browser window.  Hopefully, you can answer anyhow.

  4. Thanks lpearls, I plan to. =)  There should be a Devs4Devs video coming out in the next few weeks where I’ll walk through working with Silverlight.  Probably post-Mix so I can include any new stuff.

  5. Good question Jeremiah.  I am pretty sure what you are referring to is Flow Documents.  Like the NY Times Reader right?  

    Check out this really good explanation of Flow Documents in WPF:

    As far as I know the next release of Silverlight does not have planned support for it.  But that is subject to change since we are only in beta and the list of features is not yet finalized.  Remember, unlike WPF, for it to be included in Silverlight it has to work great in Safari, IE and Firefox running on Windows, Mac and Linux.

    Also, with all the new stuff out of the box in 2.0 (tons of controls, more layouts) people have been doing some exciting stuff.  So the same effect is still possible, just done in a different way.  Not to mention the third party controls that are out there now.  Check out ComponentOne as an example –  

    Check out this link for an XPS reader someone has done already in Silverlight too:

    Finally, check out this link for a video on a Silverlight NY Times Reader in the works:

    Hope that helps. =)