Silverlight 3 Announced

Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008 12:42 PM by Nathan Zaugg

This announcement on Scott Gu's blog touts the success of the launch of Silverlight 2.0 and announces Silverlight 3.0.  Out of the success stories noted on the blog one of the coolest applications is the new Netflix player!  Having worked only a little in Silverlight but a lot in WPF I have been very disappointed with the lack of databinding in Silverlight 2.0! It sounds like I am not alone in this line of thinking so Silverlight 3.0 promises to fix a lot of that.  Another great feature is hardware acceleration (using OpenGL?) which would be really sweet!  These tools should be available early next year.

Here is a screen shot (taken from Scott's Blog):


I really hope that they bring WPF and Silverlight more in line with each other -- increasing capability and compatibility!  It's ridiculous to think that we have three different but strikingly similar tools that don't interop!  Of course the three being WPF, Silverlight and MCE Media Center.



# re: Silverlight 3 Announced

Thursday, December 18, 2008 1:41 PM by Nate Zaugg

I forgot to mention XBAP as yet another similar but not quite fully compatable technology.  Another thing that I really didn't like was the incomplete framework!  I NEED System.Text!  They may have sliped that in there before the release but last time I tried to convert a byte array to text I had to do it by hand and that was not fun!

# Creating a Silverlight 3 Out Of Browser Application

Monday, April 27, 2009 1:10 PM by Nates Stuff

Silverlight 2 is great! Silverlight 3 is AWESOME! My first experiences with the beta framework and tools