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compex
04-01-2008, 08:52 AM
Has anyone on here ever heard of Silverlight?
I guess its a program thats like flash but better. If you have any opinions just let me know.

Thanks,

tech_support
04-01-2008, 10:13 AM
Um, worse you mean.

boxxertrumps
04-01-2008, 07:09 PM
Indeed.

codeexploiter
04-02-2008, 09:50 AM
In my personal opinion a comparison of technologies should not be like this. We need to compare technologies thoroughly before reaching a conclusion. In the following URL you can find such a comparison.

http://silverlight.net/forums/t/3015.aspx

Some other interesting links about the subject

http://blogs.msdn.com/lokeuei/archive/2007/04/16/microsoft-announces-silverlight.aspx
http://weblogs.asp.net/jezell/archive/2007/05/03/silverlight-vs-flash-the-developer-story.aspx
http://geekglue.blogspot.com/2007/04/silverlight-vs-flash.html

tech_support
04-02-2008, 09:58 AM
We were half-joking. Flash is at 9.0. Silverlight is at 1.0. So, Flash would have been much more mature than Silverlight. Maybe in like 15 years time, we'll see. For now, Flash is fine as it is.

Silverlight's features are pretty good, but not many people have it on their computers compared to Flash. Perhaps when Microsoft bribes more major company websites to use Silverlight, more people would have it on their computers.

djr33
04-02-2008, 09:58 PM
I'm glad to have some competition against Flash-- never really liked it. But a microsoft product? One step forward, two steps back.

Twey
07-21-2008, 01:26 PM
Flash is a plugin — it doesn't 'work for some sites', because it should never be used to construct a whole site, for which we already have HTML and Javascript, which are more powerful, not plugins, standardised, platform-independent, and actually designed for the task. It works for some parts of some sites, with HTML backup where possible.

GarethMc
07-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Personally I'm always a bit "antsy" about new Microsoft technologies entering a field that is already pretty mature as they have a bad history of forcing the technology into the market in order to maintain a monopoly and breaking standards agreed upon internationally just to lock people into their proprietary formats...

Remember JavaScript, CSS, SOAP, XML Document formats and many more.....

Twey
07-21-2008, 01:44 PM
I agree with that. Technically platform support is being addressed by the Linux clone Moonlight, but legally this could become a bit of a minefield, as well as allowing Microsoft to set the standard.

jscheuer1
07-22-2008, 12:26 AM
I wouldn't touch silverlight with a 10 foot vista OS.

MS really needs to recover from the vista debacle before folks will begin embracing other new software ideas from them, with the possible exception of IE 8 which has had good press in the virtual world for the most part.

But I believe that they can, will, and must. Much like they did with Windows 3.0, which sucked eggs big time. But time's a wasting MS, get on the stick!

Medyman
07-22-2008, 02:49 PM
We were half-joking. Flash is at 9.0. Silverlight is at 1.0. So, Flash would have been much more mature than Silverlight. Maybe in like 15 years time, we'll see. For now, Flash is fine as it is.

Yup. As of right now, Silverlight isn't bringing anything new to the table. The website boasts of features that can be replicated in Flash fairly easily. I'm kind of underwhelmed by Silverlight. I have played around with it (and it's parent, WPF) but I find there to be several drawbacks that don't exist in Flash and ActionScript 3.0. With the official release of AIR, WPF is even less attractive to me.

The one place where I see a lot of potential for Silverlight is in it's compatibility and integration with Seadragon (http://labs.live.com/Seadragon.aspx). That's the one feature that MS seems to be touting as Silverlight's biggest strength. Truthfully, the effects can be replicated in Flash (using the Zoomify technology (http://www.zoomify.com/default.htm), for example), but Seadragon really impresses me and I see a lot of potential in it.

This is a bit off topic, but if you haven't seen the Seadragon implementation in Photosynth (http://labs.live.com/photosynth/), you should really take a look. I saw a demo at TED (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/blaise_aguera_y_arcas_demos_photosynth.html) about a year ago and I've been in awe since.