Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 22:35 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft "While Adobe has been getting most of the press recently for their Flash 10.1 RC, Microsoft has quietly announced their plans to release the final version of Silverlight 4.0 as early as next week. This major update will provide more fundamental changes than prior iterations, including Google Chrome support, better performance (up to 200% over Silverlight 3), improved security with digital signing and sandboxing, and greater control for developers."
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RE[2]: Very solid
by arbour42 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Very solid"
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I have to disagree with much of what you said. I've been a very hard critic of MS over the years, but what they're doing now is quite good. And the guys doing Mix weren't hesitant to point out flaws. It wasn't some rah-rah session.

I've used most of the Javascript frameworks, and it has mostly been disappointing. The dynamic typing of JS is a huge problem, especially as code bases get large. That's why Google wrote GWT in Java, and 280 Slides is written in Cappuccino, in strongly-typed Objective-J. Creating Linq queries which are strongly-typed is a HUGE plus.

As for performance, on my 4 year old Vaio with 1gb ram, VS 2010 runs fine, and that's a WPF app itself. Large SL apps with a lot of animations sometimes lag a little, but less-graphic ones do just fine, as does video.

XAML and the API are not a weakness. The new Flex component system looks eerily similar to WPF/SL - I wonder why Adobe ditched the old component model, and now mimics WPF?

At this point, to build large web programs, I only see SL, GWT (but with add-ons like Ext-GWT), and Cappuccino.

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