We're in Nevada, so what else are we going to call our super-duper
secret research center? Meet
Today, we've unveiled some of what we've been working on over the past
two or three months with regard to Silverlight 1.1. Er, sorry, that's
now Silverlight 2.0. Got to keep my facts straight. I've been dropping
hints about it for a little while, especially after DevConnections in
Las Vegas last November when we showed it off to a couple of
interested people, but this is the first time we're uncovering it for
the general public.
Area 51 (I'll give the real URL in a moment...) is our web page for
showing off our prototypical work with Silverlight 1.1 Alpha release.
It shows three layout controls, used for displaying many items that
are similar. Rather than me describe it all here, I'd recommend you go
take a look.
But before I give you the URL, I have to give a few points of order.
1. Download the Refresh version of Silverlight 1.1 Alpha from
Microsoft. The easiest way to get it is to go to
silverlight.net and click on the
links. Do not navigate to our web page first and hope that Silverlight
1.1 Alpha will be installed automatically. For reasons that are too
tedious to relate, Silverlight 1.0 will be installed instead and Area
51 won't work. The Silverlight version of the Refresh is 1.1.20926.0.
2. Silverlight 1.1 Alpha is, well, an alpha release. Duh. Apart from
the Silverlight team at MS, who knows what will be appearing in the
next (an actual beta?) release. Our layout controls are therefore a
very pre-alpha release. They will be changing. Do not assume that what
you see is what you will eventually get when we release way off in the
3a. Talking of releasing, no, there is no release at this time. Area
51 is "just" a demo. There is no source to be had. I'm calling our
layout controls a pre-alpha to emphasize that we're only showing them
off now to disclose to you, our customers, what we're up to. Similarly
there is no pre-compiled assemblies to be had, or documentation, or
help, etc. What you see in Area 51 is all there is at the moment.
Remember: things will change, and probably quite drastically as MS go
through the implementation of Silverlight.
3b. And also talking of releasing, no, we don't have any concrete
release date, either for the final thing or for an actual
get-your-hands-on-our-bits beta. Do not assume that we would be releasing
anything the same day as Silverlight 2.0 (whenever that is) or the
following week or anything like that. I hate to be pedantic and boring
and to have to say these things, but, even now, we get customers who
make firm commitments based on some comment that we may let out
inadvertently and then are upset that we let them down.
4. I can personally vouch that Area 51 works with IE7 (7.0.5730.11)
and Firefox 2 (126.96.36.199), since that's what I run on my machine. And
as I said, you must make sure you have installed Silverlight 1.1 Alpha
Refresh (1.1.20926.0) manually.
And now the moment you've all been waiting for. Ladies and gentlemen,
behold Area 51.