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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3 Comments

  1. Silverlight 1.0 RC1 Released « Perry Stathopoulos said,

    […] way to organize my thoughts « Silverlight implemented by the Mono team in 21 days! Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh Disappoints […]

  2. Tim Sneath said,

    I think we’ll have it done before Visual Studio 20087 – that’s still over 18,000 years away πŸ™‚

    Stay tuned for news on the 1.1 side – this release was intentionally focused on simply retaining compat with 1.0; it doesn’t mean we’ve made no progress in the last three months, simply that we’re not releasing a broader 1.1 update externally at this stage.

  3. pstatho said,

    VS 20087…hehe, by then I want computers to just do what I think πŸ˜€

    I have no doubt internally you are much more advanced, but we are starving to know what is going on. It well helps us with planning our own development.

    I heard of rumours of a Silverlight Control Toolkit (similar to the AJAX Control Toolkit). It just that we don’t know where to start for larger apps. Do we wait, or do we build our own controls? It would be nice if we had some kind of roadmap, with a disclaimer that it can change at any time, that way you are protected and no one can really complain.

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