Introducing OpenSilver - the plugin-free reimplementation of Silverlight that runs on current browsers via WebAssembly

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Introducing OpenSilver - the plugin-free reimplementation of Silverlight that runs on current browsers via WebAssembly

Postby JS-Support @Userware » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:16 am

Dear CSHTML5 forum members,

We are glad to announce an early access to the first Technology Preview of OpenSilver, the WebAssembly-based alternative to CSHTML5!

Although the Technology Preview will only be officially announced on March 9, 2020, here is a private download link just for the CSHTML5 community to try it out before anyone else:
https://opensilver.net/links/private-early-access.aspx
(you will be prompted to sign in using a Microsoft account)

OpenSilver is based on the same code as CSHTML5, except that it generates WebAssembly files instead of JavaScript. The two products (CSHTML5 and OpenSilver) are going to co-exist, because both have their advantages and drawbacks. OpenSilver is positioned as "a modern, plugin-free, open-source reimplementation of Silverlight that runs on current browsers via WebAssembly". It uses Mono for WebAssembly and Microsoft Blazor.

When you create a new OpenSilver project, you can choose between the Silverlight and the UWP dialects of XAML.

The limitations of this release are:
  • It requires VS 2019 v16.4 or newer, with the "ASP.NET" workload installed
  • Performance is bad at the moment, but it will greatly improve (by at least 30 times) when the Mono for WebAssembly team releases AOT compilation
  • WCF works fine in the browser but not in the Simulator. Note: to make it work in the browser, please uncheck "Reuse types in referenced assemblies" when adding the service reference, and update the NuGet packages from v4.4 to v4.7
  • Images and other embedded resources are not yet functional
  • The ComboBox is broken
  • ResX files are not yet supported
  • Auto-complete and intellisense are not yet available when editing XAML code
  • The XAML inspector in the Simulator is not yet functional

Looking forward to reading your feedback!

Thank you.
The CSHTML5 Team

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