News

'C#/XAML for HTML5' Goes Stable, Investigates Blazor Integration

C#/XAML for HTML5 (CSHTML5), which could be described as a reincarnation of the sorely missed Silverlight Web dev tech, has graduated from a release candidate to a stable 1.1 release, with the team noting it's investigating integration with Blazor/WebAssembly.

Blazor has generated a lot of developer interest as an experimental project underway at Microsoft to provide Web app development with .NET tools and languages such as C#, leveraging WebAssembly, which converts higher-level language code to assembly-like code for native-speed performance in Web apps.

CSHTML5 is a Visual Studio extension that lets developers create HTML5 apps with C# and XAML from within the IDE. It hit release candidate status in February and has now moved on.

It's developed by Userware, which said v1.1 marks the beginning of CSHTML5 as a final product, with regular updates planned going forward. The first-ever version to be marked "stable," it includes many bug fixes and some new improvements.

The most intriguing feature may be the possibility of tying in to Blazor and WebAssembly.

"We have also been working on different proof-of-concepts lately, experimenting with the possible integration of Blazor/WebAssembly and Bridge.NET technologies into CSHTML5," Userware said in a blog post earlier this month (May 22).

Those two proofs-of-concept -- Blazor/WebAssembly and Bridge.NET (an open source C#-to-JavaScript compiler and associated frameworks for running C# apps on the Web), can be accessed in an online showcase.

Note, however, that unlike Blazor and Bridge.NET, CSHTML5 is not a free, open source project, though it comes in a free edition in addition to the for-pay professional edition.

Speaking of the Blazor/WebAssembly and Bridge.NET experimentation, Userware said: "While these two PoC suggest a great future for CSHTML5 and opportunities to improve our technology, it's still a long way to figure out which would be more appropriate for our users. Please provide as much feedback as possible, and stay tuned for updates."

About the Author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

comments powered by Disqus

Featured

  • Death of the Dev Machine?

    Here's a takeaway from this week's Ignite 2020 event: An advanced Azure cloud portends the death of the traditional, high-powered dev machine packed with computing, memory and storage components.

  • COVID-19 Is Ignite 2020's Elephant in the Room: 'Frankly, It Sucks'

    As in all things of our new reality, there was no escaping the drastic changes in routine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during Microsoft's big Ignite 2020 developer/IT pro conference, this week shifted to an online-only event after drawing tens of thousands of in-person attendees in years past.

  • Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview Update Adds Codespaces

    To coincide with the Microsoft Ignite 2020 IT pro/developer event, the Visual Studio dev team shipped a new update, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 3.1, with the main attraction being support for cloud-hosted Codespaces, now in a limited beta.

  • Speed Lines Graphic

    New for Blazor: Azure Static Web Apps Support

    With Blazor taking the .NET web development world by storm, one of the first announcements during Microsoft's Ignite 2020 developer/IT event was its new support in Azure Static Web Apps.

  • Entity Framework Core 5 RC1 Is Feature Complete, Ready for Production

    The first release candidate for Entity Framework 5 -- Microsoft's object-database mapper for .NET -- has shipped with a go live license, ready for production.

Upcoming Events