WCF RIA Services RC2 Released

A new development milestone of Windows Communication Foundation RIA Services is now available for download from Microsoft.

Earlier this month, the Redmond company offered the second Release Candidate of WCF RIA Services for Silverlight 4 and Visual Studio 2010. In addition to the new RC of WCF RIA Services, early adopters can also grab the April 2010 release of the WCF RIA Services Toolkit. Both can be grabbed from the Microsoft Download Center, according to Nicholas Allen, a program manager at Microsoft working on Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Silverlight, and other projects for the .NET Framework.

“RIA Services are an application design pattern that lives between ASPNET and Silverlight in a multi-tier architecture. Inside RIA Services you can host application logic for data access control, queries, and other data operations. Integration with Silverlight components and controls allows for data validation and access control to automatically be made available to the client,” Allen explained.

Microsoft released its latest generation of development platform and tools to customers recently. Devs have been able to work with the RTM of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 since last week.

WCF RIA Services RC2 along with the WCF RIA Services Toolkit April 2010 come at almost a month since the release of the previous RC development milestone for the Services, and the March 2010 version of the Toolkit. “The update from the release candidate at this year’s MIX event includes bug fixes, improvements to tracing and debugging, and some minor feature enhancements. This release candidate also has a corresponding April update to the RIA Services toolkit,” Allen added.

Download Link 1 - For Visual Studio 2010 RC

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