WPF/E CTP is here!!
It’s Christmas season and I’m feeling nostalgic, reminiscing of childhood days when I opened up Christmas presents and felt like life was just beginning.
Yesterday it seems Microsoft shared with us the first WPF/E preview. (That’s WPF = Windows Presentation Foundation, “/E” = / Everywhere.)
Get to know this acronym, because this is Microsoft’s real-world answer to Adobe/Macromedia Flash. They’re making XAML renderable on web pages as controls, and exposed to Jscript (so you can do true AJAX and call into its DOM, for instance) and supported on IE, Firefox, Safari, for Windows, for the Mac …
This is like Windows Vista for the Web on every platform.
Here’s a sample page using WPF/E (must be installed):
.. a-heh-hand ..
Oh yes, and Microsoft is giving us stocking gifts, too. The “Interactive Designer” tool (the Flash IDE equivalent) is now “Expression Blend” and is now Beta 1. The SDK also integrates with Visual Studio