As Silverlight 4 was pushed from Beta to Release Candidate stage, Microsoft also made available adjacent developer resources, including a new version of WCF RIA Services. And because it is accompanying the RC of Silverlight 4, Windows Communication Foundation is also available as an RC build, Nicholas Allen, a program manager at Microsoft working on Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Silverlight, and other projects for the .NET Framework, notes.
There are two downloads that developers can grab at this point in time, the WCF RIA Services RC and the WCF RIA Services Toolkit March 2010. At the same time, the WCF RIA Services Code Gallery was updated, keeping up the pace with the new WCF RIA Services releases.
“RIA Services are an application design pattern that lives between ASP.NET and Silverlight in a multi-tier architecture. Inside RIA Services you can host application logic for data access control, queries, and other data operations. Integration with Silverlight components and controls allows for data validation and access control to automatically be made available to the client,” Allen revealed.
Users will obviously need the latest release of Silverlight, which was bumped to RC earlier this month. At the same time, devs looking to take advantage of the new WCF RIA Services will have to be running the RC milestone of Visual Studio 2010. Download links for the RC of both Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010, as well as for WCF RIA Services RC are available at the bottom of this article.
“The WCF RIA Services toolkit contains additional features that are not part of the main product. Included in the March 2010 toolkit are better service integration with LINQ, custom endpoints for exposing RIA services using SOAP and JSON, and an ASP.NET control for connecting to a RIA service,” Allen added.
WCF RIA Services Release Candidate is available for download here.
WCF RIA Services Toolkit March 2010 is available for download here.
Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 RC are available for download here.
Silverlight 4 SDK Release Candidate (RC) is available for download here.
Silverlight 4 Release Candidate (RC) Build 4.0.50303.0 is available for download here.
The Silverlight 4 Training Kit is available for download here.
Visual Studio 2010 Premium Release Candidate (RC) is available for download here.
Visual Studio 2010 Professional Release Candidate (RC) is available for download here.
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Release Candidate (RC) is available for download here.
.NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC) is available for download here.
WCF RIA Services RC Available for Download
Together with the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate
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