Silverlight

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Silverlight is a rival standard from Microsoft, designed as a proprietary alternative to Adobe's own proprietary (but increasingly opening) Flash web technology.



Specifications


Platform

XAML

Silverlight is powered by an older Microsoft technology known as eXtensible Application Markup Language (commonly abbreviated XAML), which is as its name suggests, an XML-based markup language for defining dynamic and interactive Rich Internet Application components, particular for use within Web Applications. In addition to visual GUI components, XAML can be used for defining workflows and per-programmed usage patterns.

WPF

Windows Presentation Foundation (commonly abbreviated WPF) is the Microsoft equivalent of Java's RCP Swing components.

WCF



EXAMPLES

Showcase

Gallery


Tools


Resources


Tutorials


External Links


References

  1. XAML Overview (WPF): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752059.aspx
  2. Embedding and Communicating with the Macromedia Flash Player in WPF: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/janiv/archive/2009/09/20/embedding-and-communicating-with-the-macromedia-flash-player-in-wpf.aspx
  3. Former Silverlight SHOWCASE: http://silverlight.net
  4. Silverlight Tools for Mac (OS X): http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/development_tools/silverlight.html
  5. Moonlight's media stack: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/Dec-02.html

See Also

RIA | JavaFX/Applets | Flash/AIR | HTML5 Canvas/SVG