WPF State of the Nation

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Tim Sneath sat down recently with Ian Ellison-Taylor, the Product Unit Manager for Windows Presentation Foundation, to chat about how this technology has evolved since its inception and where it’s going over the next 12-18 months. WPF is starting to take off, with applications like British Library’s Turning the Pages showing how far the platform can go. In this interview, Ian talks frankly about the challenges of developing a new set of Windows APIs and describes the roadmap that leads to the 1.1 release.





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      Great insides, nice video Smiley
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      Dr. Sneath!!!
    • User profile image
      Nice video.  I'd love to see more on WPF, WCF & WF Smiley
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      Long time since i have seen Sneath on. Good to have him back
      Great stuff, very interresting!

      But i love the what he said about how they make sure the system is great before they ship, so they dont rush too much pushing it out.
      This was one of the things that were the failures of XNA. They rushed too much, which were a big disappointment for me.
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      I don't know about anyone else, but despite Tim's assertions about the potential lifespan of the WPF platform, I got the distinct impression that WPF isn't particularly important to Microsoft or Windows. May it's just that WPF/E massively confuses it as a strategy - is it just a competitor to Flash or is it an effort to make .NET WPF apps running on other OSes (surely not something MS would really want to do).  The message definitely needs clearing up.
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      Thanks for showing us how we, as a community of developers, can finally bury the open source software community once and for all with dazzling creations in three dimensions. If this doesn't make Linux look second rate, I don't know what does. I'm serious...I'm going to convince everybody I work with to switch as soon as possible.
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      Ian Ellison-​Taylor

      RHM: Well I hope I didn't give that impression because that certainly wasn't my intent! WPF/e is going to be very important to the platform of course but so is WPF. We've already done some "add-ons" for things we didn't quite get to in v1 and we've got a lot more coming!

      WPF/e and WPF represent two ends of the spectrum for developers and designers trying to build rich, interactive user experiences. WPF/e is targetted at reach\web end of the spectrum with Ajax\Atlas, DHTML etc. WPF is at the "high end" with deep support for things like flow documents (ala Times Reader), 3D (ala the British Library) and more. Behind both is the same XAML markup and that's really the common thread that ties them together.

      Does this help explain things? If not, I'll keep trying Smiley There are a lot of connected components (I didn't even mention XPS!) and clearly we need to get better at explaining the continuum.

      Thanks for the feedback,


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