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What happened to WPF?

With the release of VS2008 approaching, there is an increasing amount of discussion about its upcoming features.  These include things like new C# language capabilities, LINQ, WCF/WF improvements and new features, fancy JS/CSS editing capabilities and support for ASP.NET AJAX among other things.  One big piece that seems to escape mention is WPF.  Sure, from time to time someone will indicate that the VS2008 WPF designer might actually work, but no mention is made of any core platform improvements like they are with WF and WCF.  Several months back I wrote a short list of what I thought would be nice improvements/additions to WPF and recently have come up with several more ideas.  Many developers who work regularly with WPF have pointed out some curious missing features in the platform as well as recommended other improvements.  But, alas, there is not a peep about any of this from Microsoft.  Anybody have an idea about this?

Posted 07-26-2007 7:15 AM by Rob Eisenberg
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Damien Guard wrote re: What happened to WPF?
on 07-26-2007 10:00 AM

Perhaps they realised it's a little too raw for their core audience of desktop app developers.

I picked up a book on WPF and by page 100 odd you are now supposed to have a gradient with a couple of standard buttons.

Great, thats like VB1 and HTML just another interpretation (and with style embedded in layout/content).

WPF needs some better higher-level controls to make it worthwhile to anyone but specialist-UI applications imho.


ScottGu wrote re: What happened to WPF?
on 07-26-2007 11:04 AM

There is built-in WPF designer and project support in VS 2008.  I'll blog more about this over the next few weeks.

Hope this helps,


Rob Relyea wrote re: What happened to WPF?
on 07-26-2007 11:07 AM

The WPF team didn't get any changes into B1 of Orcas, as we were busy finishing work on Windows Vista last year, so we got a later start than many groups in .Net.  Now, the about to be released beta2 of .Net 3.5(/3.0sp1), will give us an opportunity to get a set of improvements out in your hands...now we'll be able to  discuss what we have done.  I think it is a smaller release for us than a .5 increment update indicates, but we believe we've done a good set of work than many will find valuable.

Look forward to the discussion.

Keep your feedback coming...we are listening.

Thanks, Rob

Rob Relyea, Program Manager, WPF & Xaml Language Team

http://robrelyea.com | /blog | /wpf | /xaml

Rob Eisenberg wrote re: What happened to WPF?
on 07-26-2007 1:18 PM

Thanks for the responses.  I'll be watching both of your blogs to hear about the new stuff.

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