Microsoft has rolled out a CTP (Community Technical Preview) version of Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. Abbreviated WPF/E, this tool is a subset of Windows Presentation Foundation that, in the words of WPF/E Program Manager Michael Harsh, "augments the set of functionality provided by HTML to provide media, animation and vector graphics with the same programming model that the HTML DOM exposes."
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The following WPF/E downloads are available.
As the above list shows, WPF/E is intended to be both browser- and platform-agnostic. The CTP supports Windows and Mac systems as well as IE, Firefox and Safari, and additional OS support is coming, Scott Guthrie wrote near the end of his WPF/E blog post. Additional details about what WPF/E can and cannot do at this point is available on Shawn Wildermuth's blog.
Noting the product is in its first iteration, Harsh said the WPF/E group plans to add other WPF features to future versions of WPF/E. "Very important things like text input, layout, resources, data binding and of course, CLR integration are all WPF features that our team is scoping for integration with WFP/E," he wrote.
A few WPF/E tutorials and samples have already emerged on the Web, including the following:
- WPF/E: Setting up your workstation for development (John Rayner)
- WPF/E: Running side-by-side with WPF Designer (a.k.a "Cider") (John Rayner)
- How to embed videos into your blog using "WPF/E" (Chandu Thota)
- Toolkit Extender for creating WPF/E components (Shawn Burke)