Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sail on, Silverlight

When most folks hear Microsoft Silverlight, they probably think of it as the media player that was used to stream over 2,000 hours of live video for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. That was Silverlight's coming-out party so to speak, as it put Microsoft's sparkly new media toy into the minds of the mainstream.

Sure, many folks might have used Silverlight to watch the video of Usain Bolt leave the comptetion in the dust to give Jamaica a Gold Medal for running- by the way, is there a better name for a sprinter than Bolt? But many RIA and .NET developers are dashing off from the starting line and taking off with new applications of their own. Rockford Lhotka, for instance, has created a Silverlight version of CSLA .NET, an open-source .NET development framework for simplifying the production of Windows Forms, Web Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Web Services. Lhotka said Silverlight is easy to use because he uses Visual Studio to develop Silverlight applications, just like he does for .NET.

With Silverlight 2 being released last month, no doubt there will be plenty of Gold-medal winning applications coming along.

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