Reading Deeper into Scott Guthrie's Silverlight 1.0 Announcement
I was reading Scott Guthrie’s blog entry that announced the Silverlight 1.0 release. He preps everyone for the Silverlight 1.1 changes in a short blub. It looks like he’s hinting at features that everyone really wants:
It will support a WPF programming model for UI - including support for an extensible control model, layout management, data-binding, control skinning, and a rich set of built-in controls.
This seems to imply:
- “Extensible Control Model”: What 1.1 has today, creation of your own controls that are usable in XAML. Good, but not news.
- “Layout Management”: Sounds like Grid, StackPanel and other containers from WPF. This is very good news!
- “Data-Binding”: Very very nice!
- “Control Skinning”: Templates?
- “Built-in Controls”: Buttons, TextBox, etc.? Cool.
This would allow Silverlight 1.1 could complete with Flash/Flex on a level playing field which is cool. I am not sure its necessary, but I am in the minority. I fear tha the plugin will become bloated, but so far its stayed pretty svelt so I have my fingers crossed.
What do you think?