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2010 roadmap

I wish a happy new year to all my readers across the web. I thank you for all the feedback I got during the past year and I hope we will be able to exchange more in 2010. In this post, I’m sharing with you my roadmap for interesting events and dates in 2010:

  • January 7-10th: CES (Consumers Electronic Show) in Las Vegas
  • February 8th – 10th: Microsoft TechDays in Paris. I’ll be there  for the event and I’m hoping to be recruited by Microsoft for the ATE (Ask The Expert) stand where I’d like to share my WPF experience with other developers
  • March: release of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.0 RC
  • March 15-17th: MIX10 in Las Vegas. We can expect more announcements about Silverlight4 and hopefully some information about the future of Silverlight on mobile and demos of Windows Mobile 7 as well
  • April: release of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.0 final
  • Autumn : release of Windows Mobile 7

I think 2010 is going to be an exciting year with VS2010, .Net4, Silverlight4 and hopefully a mobile version of Silverlight too. Stay tuned :-)

Announcing the “WPF internals” series

I’m starting a new series of article I’m calling “WPF internals” where I’ll be reviewing how things works <inside> WPF. I haven’t the entire content yet, but here is a summary of what I’m planning to do:

  • Part 1 of N: what are the core WPF classes ?
  • Part 2 of N: how the WPF controls are organised ?
  • Part 3 of N: how ZIndex works ?
  • Part 4 of N: how InputGestures works ?
  • Part 5 of N: how databinding with DataContext works ?
  • Part 6 of N: how databinding with an ItemsControl works ?
  • Part 7 of N: what is the difference between a ContentControl and a ContentPresenter ?

I setup a new page in the header so that links are easy to access.

All the information that I’m going to give here is based on my PERSONAL understanding using tools like Reflector and VS Class Diagram Designer that help me figure out how things fit together. I’m neither a Microsoft WPF Architect nor a Program Manager on the .Net framework !

Please let me know if you’re interested in special topics, I’ll do my best to try to include them in the series. Please also feel free to leave comments on the articles so that if I’m misunderstanding something I can fix it.

I hope to post the first article this week (before October, 16th)

.Net4, WPF4 and VS2010 interesting links

Since the release of VS2010 last week a lot of cool blog posts had been written. The thing is more than VS2010 itself, the Beta1 comes with .Net4 and WPF4 too, and that’s exciting too !

Because I didn’t have time yet to write my own feedback, I’m sharing some links I found the last couple of days.

Download

  • A full list of what is available to download (VS2010, .Net framework…) can be found here.

MSDN Documentations

  • .Net Framework4 Beta1: here
  • What’s new in .Net Framework4 Beta1: here
  • WPF4 Beta1: here
  • What’s new in WPF4 Beta1: here
  • VS2010 Beta1: here
  • What’s new in VS2010 Beta1: here

From Beta1 to Beta1 and RTM

  • Jaime Rodriguez wrote a very nice article today and share his “insider view” of what’s on the road to RTM.
  • Karl Shifflet explained on his blog what’s going to change in the DataBinding pipeline (no more dummy converter !)

Channel9

  • Interviews of WPF and Silverlight program managers.
  • Rob Releya is also talking on the new XAML stack available in the framework. More information can be found on his blog.

Other bloggers

And also, Blend3

  • Unni’s wrote an article about updates that had been made to Blend regarding user feedback on Connect.