.NET component and application framework maker Developer Express will place a greater emphasis on Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) this year, according to its 2010 road map, announced on Tuesday.
DevExpress’ Silverlight components will deliver full design-time support for Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 3. Upcoming Silverlight 3 controls will include charting, data editing and a scheduler. A Silverlight 4 printing control will also be introduced.
“We feel we are late to the party, but then again, Silverlight is changing a lot,” said DevExpress CTO Julian Bucknall. Aside from controls, the company is integrating Silverlight into its eXpressApp Framework, he added.
Some of its upcoming WPF controls will include final versions of DevExpress’ pivot grid and layout manager, data editor, ribbon, report view, and scheduler.
DevExpress’ embrace of Silverlight and WPF comes at the expense of Windows Forms development. Bucknall said that WinForms controls are being deemphasized, but development will continue with more chart types, VS 2010 and Client Profile support for controls, as well as new user interface styles to match the appearance of Windows 7 and Office 2010.
VCL (Visual Component Library) controls will be likewise updated with additional views and similar user interface options for the Microsoft stack.
DevExpress will continue to forge ahead to update its existing ASP.NET controls, and it will begin to deliver new controls that exploit the new capabilities that will be introduced by .NET 4.0, Bucknall said. He is being more circumspect about developing components for ASP.NET’s Model-View-Controller pattern, but the company will introduce a navigation bar and tab control nonetheless.
Lastly, new editions of the company’s next IDE productivity tools, including CodeRush and Refactor Pro, will be released later this year around the time that VS 2010 ships, Bucknall said. “There were big changes in Visual Studio 2010,” he added.