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Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Silverlight" A Closer Look

On April 15th ,Microsoft unveiled Silverlight at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters coneference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What is Silverlight ?Here's what Microsoft says:-

"Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web"

what this means is:-

1:-A pluggable browser component that will be the key to the power on the client side.

2:-XAML based rendering of interactive 2D and 3D graphics.

3:-Interactive media delivery based on XAML and AJAX.

4:-Powerful programming model based on AJAX with ability to harness the power of
the managed .Net runtime.

5:-Closer to a more desktop like experience even for web applications. Technically,
the Rich Interactive Application experience.

6:-Better UI designing capability, integrated with the .Net development environment
( Visual Studio .Net + Expression).

7:-All the power of .Net code can be harnessed inside the browser which gives rise
to endless possibilities for the developer.
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web 2.0 is a great concept as far as i know about it. but when we talk about Silverlight it has some advantages over Flash(web 2.0) .Though Silverlight is not so

popular as web 2.0 because it is newer to the Market. But the performance impact is more than others like Flash and "DHTML & AJAX".

comparison between silverlight & flash(web 2.0)

1:-Browser Compatibility are same in both cases.
( these are compatible with IE, Firefox, Safari, and other Popular Browsers).
2:-Study Efforts are same i.e. Normal in both cases.
3:-Client Performance is highest in both cases.
4:-The Designer Tools used in Flash are Flash CS3 PhotoShop CS3 and in Silverlight
Designer Tools used are Blend, Expression Designer.

Advantages Over Flash

1:-In case of Network performance Silverlight take advantages over Web 2.0


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