Unveiling OpenSilver 2.0: It will bring support for VB.NET

OpenSilver 2.0

There’s been a buzz in the tech world lately about OpenSilver 2.0. It seems the rumors are true, and if they hold water, we’re in for some exciting times.

In the fast-paced realm of IT and web application development, staying ahead of the curve is the name of the game. Today, we’re going to shed some light on the much-anticipated OpenSilver 2.0. It appears that there’s quite a bit of chatter in the tech community about some interesting features that may be coming our way.

A Quick Look Back at OpenSilver

Before we dive into the intriguing whispers about OpenSilver 2.0, let’s take a moment to recall what OpenSilver is all about. This open-source project, known for stepping into the shoes of Microsoft Silverlight, has consistently piqued the curiosity of developers. It’s been their trusty companion, offering a gateway to .NET for web applications. With OpenSilver, developers have found a way to revamp and modernize their applications while preserving their investments in Silverlight.

The Rumors that are Afloat

In recent months, the tech grapevine has been working overtime, with whispers and speculations about OpenSilver 2.0 making the rounds. While the exact details remain shrouded in secrecy, let’s delve into some of the intriguing tidbits that have surfaced. I had a privilege to speak with the Chief Engineer of OpenSilver Pierre Barjon, so here we go!

1. Support for VB.NET

The OpenSilver team worked for a while on supporting VB.NET as a second language besides C# as a primary one. In their roadmap, it says that they work on VB.NET support under the OpenSilver 2.0. The rumors say that the OpenSilver team is close to finalizing the OpenSilver 2.0 which will include support for VB.NET. So, all of you with legacy Silverlight apps based on VB.NET whose direction of thinking is to migrate the app, be ready!

2. Dramatical Improvements of the Simulator

The information I have says that the performance of the Simulator has been improved dramatically already! The Simulator is an essential tool for the developers who use OpenSilver, and the new improvements will have a direct impact on the developers’ efficiency.

The Simulator has undergone a significant overhaul, moving from DotNetBrowser to WebView2. This change has led to significant performance improvements and brought several other benefits. WebView2 is built upon the latest Chromium version, providing support for various features that DotNetBrowser lacked, such as numerous CSS properties and modern JavaScript syntax. From a developer’s perspective, this change ensures a consistent appearance for the application across both the simulator and web browser in almost all scenarios. On the other hand, inconsistencies would often come up with the DotNetBrowser based simulator, making debugging much more challenging.

says the Chief Engineer of OpenSilver.

It looks like that this will dramatically improve the development and debugging process.

3. Layout System of OpenSilver 2.0

The new OpenSilver Layout System will be introduced that fixes some small bugs that were relay hard to tackle with the old one.

The layout is now much more consistent, it eliminates the previous issues where identical code would show different results based on the context. Moreover, with a unified layout system, our maintenance processes have become much more straightforward, allowing us to deliver layout-related bug fixes faster than before. While it wasn’t the main goal, it appears that, on average, this new layout system has led to performance improvements, with roughly a 10% enhancement observed.

says Pierre

The Waiting Game: OpenSilver 2.0

While these rumors are undeniably exciting, we’ll need to keep our eyes peeled for the official release of OpenSilver 2.0 to see which of them bear fruit. The development team behind OpenSilver has been tight-lipped about specifics, adding to the air of anticipation surrounding this groundbreaking release for OpenSilver.

But still, we got some info that says the finalization of version 2.0 is nearing completion. All associated components are scheduled for shipment in September and October, with the official release of version 2.0 anticipated in November 2023.

Keep your ear to the ground and stay tuned to your favorite IT magazine for the latest updates on OpenSilver 2.0. It seems that the rumors are pointing to some promising innovations on the horizon. OpenSilver 2.0 is coming!

About Vasil Buraliev 17 Articles
Consultant for project management and software development with a background in bespoke software development and 22+ years of professional experience in designing software systems and managing IT projects mainly for the public sector. Seeking to use analytic and management skills as a consultant in large-scale IT projects.

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