What’s new in Silverlight This Week in Silverlight

Recorded May 14, 2010

News  

Rumors

Scott Guthrie talked to the Linked-In User Group

Office online (powered by Silverlight!) is coming out.

There are *lots* of ways to install Silverlight as an admin (including SMS and Group Policy, etc.).

Future pace of Silverlight releases… Scott didn’t really answer, but he pointed out the progress that has been made (appearing on more devices, outside the browser, etc.).  Scott also pointed out that there *are* differences between the Silverlight implementations.

Scott is looking at richer MVVM (ViewModel) tooling.  Erik often suggests this, and the community hates it :)

WPF vs Silverlight – Erik thinks the main reason to use WPF is now direct database access.  There are some exceptions (3D etc.) but the thing that should drive you to is the easier database access.  RIA Services and Data Services are harder than opening a DataReader.

Scott says that Microsoft is looking at (though certainly not comitting to…) Android support.  Brian points out that Monotouch is looking at this as well.  Erik points out that he wants native, seemless integration with the underlying platform.  Brian points out that Flash integration points can be weak.

Application Of The Week

Thumba - It’s kinda like Photoshop in your browser

Upcoming Events

May 13 Boston, MA, US – “The Kinney and I” with @jesseliberty and @adkinn covering #silverlight #blend #wp7 #ie9
Windows Phone 7 Development Jump-Start Event
 May 18 – Redmond, WA, US – http://bit.ly/cNB5cU
 May 25 – Santa Clara, CA, US – http://bit.ly/cNB5cU

Portland CodeCamp
 May 21- Portland, OR, USA
 http://PortlandCodeCamp.org/2010/Sessions  #

*The Sparkling Client Crew will be here*

ReMIX10 – http://live.visitmix.com/ReMIX
 May 21 – Moscow – http://bit.ly/a0cnAV
 May 26 – Paris, France – http://bit.ly/aAYGOG  
 Jun 1 – Melbourne, Australa –  http://bit.ly/EzV0w
 Jun 1- Seoul, South Korea – http://bit.ly/bfqBeQ

Silverlight 4 Firestarter
 Jun 5 New York, NY, US – http://bit.ly/bSDKj4

Guest Hosts

Brian Hendersonis a Silverlight Designer/Architect and INETA Community Champion. A few of the activities Brian can be found participating are flying (pilot), kayaking, hiking, or just taking video/photos.

Kelly White is an independent Silverlight Consultant. He previously lead the PDXUX.Net user group, and now runs the Portland Silverlight User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly has presented at user groups and code camps throughout the northwest on both Silverlight and WPF.

Music kindly provided by YACHT.