Feb 24, 2012 01:59 PM|N_EvilScott|LINK
As far as I know, its really primarily targetted toward the Silverlight and WPF platforms. If you go to Silverlight.net you will see lots of hands on labs and videos where they use the Entity Framework combined with RIA Services to generate complete business
I know a lot of developers in my town who are making lots of Silverlight 4.0 applications targetting RIA services as well. Ultimately though RIA belongs to WCF, as it just generates a dynamic WCF service. It's just a preference in my opinion, but it does
a great job at exposing data to client side applications like silverlight using its domain contexts. I think using it for something like asp.net except for AJAX is kind of unnecessary in the majority of situations.
There isn't a lot of hype around it because it's considered to be "main stream" at this point from what I can tell. MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) is the same way, I use MEF in all my WPF applications but you don't really hear it talked about much
anymore either. By and large, Microsoft will release great tools, and thats all it is really just some tools.
Right now Microsoft is concentrating A LOT of its resources on Windows 8, the last figures I saw was that Microsoft still makes between 50-65% of its profits from Windows and Office sales, and last I heard the Windows team at Microsoft was kind of taking
over dominate control. Scott Guthrie also has a lot more on his plate since they shoved Windows Azure at him and asked him to make it profitable as well. I would say its just a transition period.
I think you would be hard pressed to find a book on WCF that did NOT include RIA though.