My Thoughts on Xamlon

After spending some time with Xamlon, I think it's a cool tool with a lot of potential, but it's just not there yet. I like the fact that Xamlon makes you separate your presentation logic with your application logic (if you take the route of not compiling your .xaml file into a .baml resource). I like the Xamlon controls - there's lots of room to be creative with the look of your application. The problem is, Xamlon has no drag-and-drop support for its custom controls. The only ones you can use in the VS .NET Designer are Frame and ElementHost. Furthermore, the only way you can add their controls is to hand-type the XAML yourself, and, frankly, I have no interest in doing that [1] (although it appears that Xamlon will add them to the Toolbox in the near future). At the end of the day, I can't give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the product. Again, I think it has a lot of potential, but it needs to mature a bit before its ease-of-use factor is high enough for me to feel productive.

[1] I may be missing something here, though - maybe there's a way to reference a schema file so you can get some Intellisence in VS .NET with the XAML code.

* Posted at 10.20.2004 08:30:25 AM CST | Link *

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