Friday, October 5, 2007


First public CTP of "WPF/E" – Release Dec 2006

§ WPF/E" is implemented as a Small Client-Side Runtime that enables AJAX developers and designers to deliver richer, cross-platform, interactive web experiences.

§ It enables sites to significantly improve the client user experience by blending HTML UI, Dynamic Vector Graphics, Animation and Media into a seamless cross-platform browser experience.

§ WPF/E" accomplishes this by providing a Rich Graphics Engine that can be used on any HTML page and which Adds Browser Support for vector graphics, animation, and declarative XAML UI markup.

§ WPF/E also provides Built-In Video and Audio Codec Support for WMV, WMA and MP3 content. This means you can now easily stream interactive video content to any browser without requiring any additional install or runtime.

§ Developers can write standard JavaScript within an HTML page to directly manipulate and program against any XAML DOM element, storyline animation, or video within "WPF/E

§ "WPF/E" can be used with any AJAX framework.

§ "WPF/E" introduced its Built-In Ui/Code Separation Model to enable both designers and developers to collaborate on projects together.

§ Using WPF/E, Developers can Style and Templatize Ui in a way not possible with most other UI frameworks.

§ One of the most powerful aspects of WPF is its ability to create really immersive user experiences that go far beyond what we typically expect today from either a client or web application.

Visual Studio "Orcas" Web Designer – Jan 2007

This designer is a major, major improvement over previous HTML designers within Visual Studio, and will be a shared component used by both Visual Studio and Expression Web Designer going forward.

Among other things, the new HTML designer provides:

  • Split View Support (the ability to have both HTML Source and WYSIWYG design open simultaneously)
  • Extremely rich CSS support (CSS property window, CSS inheritance viewer, CSS preview, and CSS manager)
  • Dramatically improved view switching performance (moving from source->html design mode is now nearly instantaneous)
  • Support for control designers within source view (property builders, event wire-up and wizards now work in source view)
  • Richer ruler and layout support (better yet, values can be automatically stored in external CSS files)
  • Designer support for nested master pages

Thanks & Regards,

Arun Manglick || Tech Lead

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