Today has been a busy day for Silverlight developers!
If you missed the Silverlight Firestarter keynote this morning,
be sure to watch it on-demand. During the keynote, Scott Guthrie
announced Silverlight 5 and detailed many of the new features. Scott has a succinct blog post summarizing the
The impressive list of features is available on our Silverlight Futures site. Be sure to check out
the Business Application Development tab (and show that to your
The Continuum of Client Technologies
Scott said "We recognize there's been a lot of angst over this
topic in the past few weeks. There is a Silverlight future, and we
think it's going to be a very bright one". Scott also reiterated
the future for UI: HTML5, Silverlight, and WPF are UI
technologies we're heavily investing in. "Our goal is to
provide a technology portfolio that enables developers to build the
best possible user experiences." The slide below shows the
technologies from reach to rich with Silverlight squarely
positioned in the middle of this continuum.
Also during the keynote we saw some really impressive
non-trivial Silverlight business applications. Not only did they
look good, but they each had a ton of business-critical
functionality all implemented in Silverlight.
Silverlight 5 itself will beta in the first half of 2011 and
release by the end of the year 2011.
WCF RIA Services Toolkit December 2010
At the same time as today's keynote, we announced an update to
the WCF RIA Services Toolkit. Check out Jeff Handley's post to learn more, especially
about the MVVM-friendly data source: DomainCollectionView.
(PS: Silverlight 5 in Action isn't done <g>, but I am
working on it)