Its been a long road to release but we're finally there. If you're anything like me and have been through WPF/E, Silverlight 1.0, Silverlight 1.1, Silverlight 2 Beta 1, Beta 2 and RC0, I know you're ready for this thing to hit the streets.
I would like to congratulate the team on a solid set of functionality and tooling. For a fairly new product, this technology has progressed much faster than I expected it to. When asked some months ago, I didn't think Silverlight would be in this great a shape until Silverlight 3. The control model, data binding, data access, tool support, visual state manager, etc. Its all a much bigger leap from Silverlight 1.0 that I could have possibly envisioned.
There are a number of changes since Beta 2 (though this list is the same as the RC) that I want to make sure you know about:
I hope this opens up the more conservative uses of Silverlight 2 and allows Silverlight to move from an 'early-adopter' technology to a mainstream way to build Internet-based applications.
Also announced was the fact that you can use Eclipse now to write Silverlight 2 applications. Cool! http://www.eclipse4sl.org/ It'll be licensed under the EPL 1.0 License.
Also announced was the new Controls from Shawn Burk's team to be released on CodePlex! These controls include:
These controls and their test-suite will be covered under MS-PL so they will be ready (including source code) coming pretty soon.
What do you think?
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