Monday, July 30, 2007

Silverlight 1.0 RC released, Telerik beatboxed

In case you've forgotten, Silverlight 1.0 still hasn't officially been released. With most of the attention these days is on Silverlight 1.1 (which still doesn't have an anticipated launch date...but that's another issue), it's easy to forget that Silverlight has yet to release a production version. That said, after Friday's release of the Silverlight 1.0 release candidate, we're getting a lot closer.

The first release candidate finally delivers a feature complete version of Silverlight 1.0 to the community. The Silverlight Team claims they've fixed thousands of bugs in the framework and improved general performance two to three times. To do that, though, they had to break backwards compatibility (again), so if you've done anything with Silverlight you'll probably need to update your code to work with the new release. The Team "promises" that this will be the last time a backwards breaking change is introduced- we'll see.

To show-off the new Silverlight plug-in, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Steve Marx has created a simple beatboxing application using nothing but Silverlight 1.0, ASP.NET AJAX, and ASP.NET Futures. The application is fun to play with and is good example of what can be done with simple Silverlight 1.0 code. And while I can't provide a direct link, look for the "Telerik in Rhythm" saved beat on the site to hear what Telerik sounds like in beatboxing!