Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh Disappoints

July 28, 2007 at 4:55 pm (Silverlight)

Ok first let me say great work for getting Silverlight 1.0 RC1 out with around 2000 bug fixes and major performance improvements!

Seriously though, what happened with 1.1?? Sure the core engine from 1.0 is now integrated in 1.1, but ultimately this refresh just pushes the expiry date!

Developers have been salivating over what is possible with Silverlight 1.1. It has been a long 3 months since Mix07 and all we get is this?? I’m really hoping that the Silverlight dev team has another branch that is really much more advanced in terms of features that we were promised.

I (and I’m sure many of developers) want to build full RIA applications with complete user inputs (textboxes, listboxes, dropdowns) etc… Yeah I know about the Silverlight UI Controls included in the SDK, but they are still separate and there were no new controls in the 200MB SDK download! There is also still no documentation for 1.1! But we got plenty of images (PSD) and Visio (vsd) files in the SDK.

I want to spend my time developing apps not basic controls!

I was really hoping that Silverlight 1.1 would be released at the same time as Visual Studio 200872008 and .NET Framework 3.5. It makes sense, however at this rate, it looks like MS will need another year to release 1.1. Guys, 1 year on the Internet is like an eternity! Please prove me wrong!

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Silverlight 1.0 RC1 Released

July 28, 2007 at 4:35 pm (Silverlight)

Alright so RC of Silverlight 1.0 is officially out. There are some breaking changes, but nothing drastic IMO.

According to Tim Sneath there are about 2000 bugs fixes between the Mix version and RC1. Wow, impressive! They have also increased performance by 2-3 times for many cases, also a great improvement.

This version is suppose to be feature complete and very close to final. Given that this is late July, I guess we can expect a September release. Oh well I was hoping for it be officially released by now.

On the other hand Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh is another story. Read about my disappointment here.

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Silverlight implemented by the Mono team in 21 days!

July 2, 2007 at 6:38 pm (Silverlight)

Miguel and many others on the Mono-Project implemented a basic functional version of Silverlight 1.1 in 21 days.

This is a phenomenal accomplishment and congratulations to the team!

More details here: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2007/Jun-21.html

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