Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2007 13:16 UTC, submitted by steverez1
Internet & Networking "Microsoft has released a new showcase of its Silverlight web development frameworks, a graphical search engine called Tafiti. Tafiti, which means 'do research' in Swahili, is an experimental frontend to Microsoft's Live Search engine. It presents search options in three panes on the screen: the left pane is for entering search queries and switching between image, RSS, Web, and News, the middle pane contains the search results, and the right pane is used to 'dock' results using drag-and-drop for looking at later."
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i dont see the advantage over normal web
by renhoek on Fri 24th Aug 2007 18:00 UTC
renhoek
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2007-04-29

while i'm glad it worked smoothly on my ppc mac, i have to say it looks not that good. everything it shows can be easily done with html and ajax. i was really hoping for a flash beater, but this does not look like that.

if this is a showcase of the technical capabilities, i'm really disappointed. ok, only the drag and drop stuff might be hard to do in html. unless it was really easy to code, writing webpages with ajax and all kinds of dynamic stuff really sucks.

anyone interested in stuff like this also should take a look at flex, which is from adobe, flash based, and well, prettier.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

While this could be done with flash and AJAX, it would be a much bigger pain to write. This isn't a "pushing the technology to the limit" kind of thing, more just a practical application.

There are two things that are impressive with silverlight. The first is performance in user interfaces. While flash UIs are possible, I have yet to try one that is not sluggish and unresponsive. Secondly, you have access to the entire .net API, which isn't even comparable to something like actionscript.

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"Secondly, you have access to the entire .net API, which isn't even comparable to something like actionscript."

Just to clarify, you only have access to the .Net BCL from silverlight 1.1. 1.0 is based entirely off of javascript.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Try the treeview. That can't be done with HTML and AJAX.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Try the treeview. That can't be done with HTML and AJAX.

Treeviews have been produced by AJAX and JavaScript for ages.

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