25. November 2009 20:36
Before PDC 2009, I had a short wish list for the next version of Silverlight:
- Real support for commanding
- Some kind of full trust mode similar to Click Once
- More complete data binding
- Context Menus
- Relational (Isolated) Storage
I was pretty excited as The Gu’s keynote played out and I saw my wish list filled one item at a time. There are some other things I’d like, but these are things that aren’t in WPF either so I don’t really dare hope for them. These items include things like adding extensibility to the Binding framework: too many aspects are internal/sealed black boxen.
The missing #5 would probably have involved something like a cross platform SQL Compact. The ability to drop a small relational store into Isoloated Storage (or anywhere on the file system using elevated trust) would open up a whole new avenue for Silverlight applications. Even without tools like the Entity Framework this could be huge.
I recalled my Return of the Smart Client article where I expressed what I believe are common concerns and frustrations developers have when building Enterprise applications using the usual web development tools. If you needed further convincing that Silverlight is a real alternative for creating browser delivered rich internet applications you need only review day two of the PDC 2009 keynote. Silverlight is as big as anything going on at Microsoft. I can’t wait for MIX 2010!
6. November 2009 04:18
In just over a week, on November 14th, I will be speaking at the Chippewa Valley Code Camp taking place way up in Menomonie, WI on the UW-Stout campus. The topic is Advanced Silverlight Development however the content will be somewhat different than my talk by the same name I gave at MadCamp a little while ago. Doug and company run a healthy community so I’m looking forward to good conversations.
Details on the code camp can be found at: http://www.chippewavalleycodecamp.com/
The schedule of topics can be found here: http://www.chippewavalleycodecamp.com/Schedule/2009Schedule/tabid/74/Default.aspx
The elusive Christopher J. Barwick will be accompanying me and making his return to Public Nerd Life. I am looking forward to seeing Jason Bock and Chris speak, and I’ll probably check out some of the non-Microsoft or Building Better Software topics in between. We’ll be up the night before and open to grabbing a drink with any local geeks or speakers who may be available.