So jfo and I were talking lately...
On Cider, we're rapidly approaching a big planning phase where the outcome of that planning phase will the set of features that are going to be in and out of v1.
On my side, that means taking a hard look at the features associated with Control development, design time customization and extensibility in general.
Here's a list of features stack ranked and listed by priority category (Must Have, High Want, Nice to Have).
Is this the right set of features and are these features prioritized correctly?
Nice to Have
Your feedback is wanted and desired. Please let me know what's missing and if any of the priorities don't resonate with your priorities.
We just finished wrapping up the May CTP release of Cider and we're really excited about how far we've come since the Feb CTP!
Of course, it is important to remember that these are still very early previews of the direction that we are taking Cider. That said, we haven't added any new features, in fact we've cut some and have really shored up the behaviors and quality. Check out the release notes.
For this release, my main area of focus was serialization. In the Feb CTP, unless you had a relatively simple XAML file, it probably didn't load. Not true in the May CTP -- the support for XAML Load is greatly improved, have a look at some of these cool UIs loaded in Cider:
Click on them to see a larger version.
Of course, there are some caveats -- these have been modified to work around my documented XAML Load Limitations.
The biggest issues you'll run into are:
Nonetheless, it's a very exciting release that's definetly worth checking out. The May CTP is tied to the Windows Beta 2. In order to try this out you'll need:
Additionally, you may be interested in:
Have fun and let me know what you think! If your XAML file doesn't load, please post the project and description to the Cider Forum.
This years MIX06 sessions (all 52) are now online.
Sessions here: http://sessions.mix06.com/
More here: http://blog.mix06.com/blog/archive/2006/05/03/2367.aspx
Mike Swanson has the breakdown.