Friday, June 1, 2007

Microsoft Silverlight, the future in Rich Web?

Silverlight is Microsoft's answer to Rich Interactive Applications (and maybe even Adobe's Flex). Silverlight is designed to on any backend, this is because it is based on Microsoft's .Net Framework for and works seemlessly with Apache, PHP, as well as JavaScript and XHTML.

Silverlight even allows you to pick your development language, so you don't need to spend time learning another language just to run Silverlight. Silverlight supports JavaScript, Ruby, Python, C#, Visual Basic .NET, and that's just the start!

The reason why Silverlight is such a great programming model, is because it uses the XAML presentation layer. The same layer used to develop Windows Vista applications (and Adobe Flex). Another great feature of Silverlight is that, like most OOP languages, the code is extensible, meaning you can reuse your code and extend it to your heart's content.

More on Silverlight here.


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