RIA Services Release Candidate 2…

Last Thursday, we released our RC2 build of RIA Services. You can download all the latest bits from http://silverlight.net/riaservices

These set of bits are compatible with Silverlight 4 RTM and Visual Studio 2010 RTM. I am sure most of you are wondering, why not RTW RIA Services already. Trust me, we would love to release this baby as soon as possible, we are pretty much done. However, we have dependencies on other components. We just need to do the extra bit of testing against these bits to ensure things work fine.

Last week I got to attend DevConnections and was on Channel 9 talking about RIA Services. You can watch it here Watch Ch9 Live on demand!. My RIA Services segment is at the 2hr and 15 min mark. I talk about our dependencies. Also, be sure to check out the RIA Services book club app in the Silverlight 4 launch keynote. Watch the keynote on demand!

I know most of you have been asking what new in this version of RIA Services. As the name suggests this is a Release Candidate 2 and there aren’t any new features. However, this release has tons of bug fixes and community reported issues. Here are some of the the changes (some taken from Dinesh’s Post):-

  1. Update of nullable members set to default value are now handled correctly
  2. Drag-drop enhancements: Images are bound one-way by default, ValidateOnException added.
  3. RIA Services framework now has built in ETW traces
  4. Domain Service Wizard now picks up changes in the Data Model.
  5. Toolkit: ASP.net dynamic data template
  6. Toolkit: WCF In-memory tracing support is available, making it easier to troubleshoot failure in shared hosting scenario. (See Tomek’s blog on usage)
  7. Toolkit: WCF client proxy auto generation/updating for WCF Core Service – This enables you to get up-to-date WCF proxy and configuration each time you build your solution, when you add Silverlight-enable WCF service in your Silverlight application.
  8. Other bug fixes

We would love to hear your feedback so be sure to get back to us via forums, twitter etc.

Cheers