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Silverlight in action

April 18th, 2007 1 comment

Take a look at this Vista simulator, an Silverlight application. Isn’t it cool? (Okay, okay, Flash can do the same thing, but you have to admit that Silverlight is a new baby child, yet it can do really cool stuff like this one.)

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WPF/E, now Silverlight

April 17th, 2007 2 comments

The stuff previous known as WPF/E is now officially named Silverlight. Silverlight is supposed to be a direct competitor to Adobe’s Flash and Ajax-based applications.

A little bit disappointed with this official release since in their website, MS while repeatedly promoting the new mantra of Silverlight as a “cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering media experiences and rich interactive applications” (you will see this mantra appear a few dozen times in Silverlight website), says Silverlight will support “all major browsers on both Mac OS X and on Windows” and MS is “gathering feedback from customers to help determine which platforms should be supported in the future”. Funny, they even need feedbacks to know that without Linux they cannot claim anything as cross-platform.

Another disappointment is that currently the only language supported by Silverlight is JavaScript. Anyway, while the support for .NET languages like C#/VB.NET is highly expected, this item is not really a pain point to me.

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WPF/E CTP

January 2nd, 2007 Comments off

WPF/E CTP released. Now, a subset of the CLR is actually brought down and hosted in the browser. Download and get start with some apps. OK, now I don’t have to regret not having time to learn Action Script. JavaScript means not only a better integration with the page’s DOM but also a lot of people can reuse their skills, and more search-engine-friendly contents. BTW, feeling scared away by JavaScript? Try Google Web Toolkit

It’s coming to an age in which we have so many options in doing highly interactive and functional web applications. I can foresee that in the near future, most business applications will be operated on the web. The browser will be the one single big hosting environment in which I use to run all kinds of my daily works such as spreadsheet, project tracking, and even designing and programming.

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