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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RE[4]: Just like everything else
by segedunum on Sat 25th Aug 2007 20:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just like everything else"
segedunum
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2005-07-06

XUL is a graphical interface format, nothing more. SVG is limited in what it does and doesn't have true 3d AFAIK.

What he's talking about are those things combined. What he didn't mention was Flex, which is much more interesting.

With Flex you can use the Flex SDK or the Eclipse Flex Builder IDE, output to SWF and have it run anywhere on a massive installed base and you can do server-side stuff in Java, PHP, .Net or Coldfusion. Microsoft would have been better of just outputting SWF from their tools.

Silverlight is geared towards developers, and Flash and Adobe's tools are geared more towards designers. Silverlight still has a long way to go there, and is still far behind the graphic quality of Flash. Silverlight has to attract designers, not developers, no matter how cool the format is. Microsoft are also not going to port their Expression tools to the Mac any time soon, which is where a lot of designers are.

Sorry, but I can't really see this as being anything other than ActiveX in IE. Rather pointless.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

What he's talking about are those things combined.

Really?

and I don't think Silverlight offers anything that can't already be done with Flash or XUL or SVG.

The point is, Silverlight does do things all those don't do. Flash does a few things silverlight doesn't do as well. It's a little thing called "advantages" and "disadvanages". Competition is a good thing.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Really?

Yes.

The point is, Silverlight does do things all those don't do.

That's a fantastic piece of double dutch, saying Silverlight is different doesn't make it so.

Flash does a few things silverlight doesn't do as well.

Not really. Is more where the focus is for both of them in terms of programmers and designers, and the tools available.

It's a little thing called "advantages" and "disadvanages". Competition is a good thing.

I can't disagree with competition, and I think it will make SWF far better if anything. However, it's the same old NIH attitude with Microsoft and the notion that what they are doing is somehow new and more spectacular.

Edited 2007-08-26 12:29

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