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Mark Wilson-Thomas: WPF and Silverlight Development in Visual Studio 2010

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Recently, Mark Wilson-Thomas did some sessions at MIX09 in which he provided details and demos of how Visual Studio 2010 will provide better support for rich development of WPF and Silverlight applications. I asked him to stop by and provide us with some of those details, and look under the hood of the next version of Visual Studio. We also got him to show us a special sneak preview of how Visual Studio 2010 will allow you to create drag/drop DataGrid's for WPF and Silverlight as well.

For more details, you can check out his MIX09 session, which are available online here:

And if you happen to be going to TechEd, be sure to check out his sessions there:

  • May 11 @ 4:30pm:
    [WUX304] Building Rich Business Clients in WPF: New Tools and Controls for Windows Presentation Foundation
  • May 13 @ 10:15am:
    [WUX01-INT] Building Rich Business Clients in WPF: Feedback Session


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  • Video quality in both silverlight and WMV High looks as if it's encoded improperly (or edited using lossly compressed material and recompressed), looks blurry and low res.

  • Robert HessRobert Hess Changing the world, one cocktail at a time.
    Thanks... I'll look into that.
  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while
    Nice interview and a pragmatic explanation on the past, present and future of the designer.
  • Will VS 2010 include an interface for Visual State Manager ( VSM )? 

    Will VS 2010 include and work with new SketchFlow?

    Will VS 2010 include themes that work with DataGrid, DataPicker, Calendar?

    Can't wait to play with the bits?  Thanks
  • Looks really cool.

    In the demo you where dragging in controls that where being generated from the data source. Will that work for those of us using an MVVM style of architecture where the DataContext is set in the code behind, so the designer doesn't actually know the type of the data that we are binding to? 
  • Hi Shaggygi!

    In answer to your questions:

    1. We won't have specific UI to address the Visual State Manager in Visual Studio 2010, but we will support XAML that uses it. So you can design for VSM in Blend and then use the XAML in Visual Studio 2010. This is in common with control template editing.

    2, No, we won't include Sketchflow in Visual Studio 2010; it is part of the Microsoft Expression family of products and that team will determine how and when it will be made available publicly.

    3. The new WPF theme packs on Codeplex at http://wpf.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?title=WPF%20Themes already address a wide variety of controls; I'll check in with my colleagues on that team to see what their plans are for dealing with DataGrid, DatePicker and Calendar and let you know.

    We're glad you're looking forward to the Beta - we're really looking forward to your feedback on it!


    Mark Wilson-Thomas

    Program Manager, WPF & Silverlight Designer Team, Visual Studio

  • In response to #3: The themes are "officially" supported only for the controls in .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 I believe, and do not work for the DataGrid, Calendar, and DatePicker which were shipped out of band (though you should be able to extend them yourself to work with these controls).  We would like to eventually extend the themes to work with the new controls, but we haven't been resourced to do this yet and do not have a date for when this might be available in the future.  Thanks!

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