I gave a talk on WPF for ASP.NET developers this evening at the .NET SIG in Cleveland. Good size crowd and great questions. It was a challenging talk because of trying to cover all of WPF and Silverlight for ASP.NET developers and for those in the crowd who were Windows Forms developers.
I covered the various deployment models of WPF including:
– Windows Application
– XAML Browser Application (XBAP)
– Plain Old XAML Page (POXP?)
– Silverlight App
Whenever I present this stuff, the overwhelming reaction is: Stop giving us so many choices!!! We can’t figure out what to use when!
There is also often a desire for a conclusion to be drawn that one of these will be the end state and all UI will be written in it. I just don’t think that will be the case. I think that maybe 5 years from now, if the tools come along a lot farther than they are now, and if the control suite grows, the list of options could shorten to just WPF Windows App, Silverlight App, and ASP.NET AJAX app. But I don’t think it will shrink beyond that. Windows Apps make sense when you control the desktop to take maximum advantage of the client platform and give the best user experience. Silverlight makes sense for broader reach while sticking to the same tools and programming models. ASP.NET AJAX will be broader still and will address the platforms that Silverlight can’t reach, and will also (like Windows Forms) be more evolved for data over forms apps for a while to come.
Anyway, here are the slides and demos for those who are interested: