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Silverlight and Flash/Flex comparison: what’s in a name?

has an excellent post up on his blog on the . Michael compares 2 a set of features of the Microsoft platforms and , versus the Adobe’s / platform. Check for an overview table.

While the name “” was announced last week, it hasn’t essentially changed from what the WPF/E February CTP had on board as features. Silverlight is only the rename for the codename of Microsoft’s cross-browser/cross-platform plug-in (WPF/E) for delivering the next generation media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. It’s great to see that – for once – Microsoft has a cooler final name that what the codename sounded like.

The components of a Silverlight page are:

  • WPF/E Plug-in
    • ActiveX control for Internet Explorer
    • Traditional plug-in for other browsers
  • agHost.js
    • Host-independent wrapper for WPF/E plug-in
  • HTML and JavaScript
    • Import agHost.js and instantiate plug-in
  • XAML (inline or not!)

Ever thought were “Ag” in agHost.js comes from? Think about

Here are some other very interesting posts on Silverlight:

More developer-related information on the Silverlight platform can be expected at Mix07. After we should have a better view on the capabilities of this new platform. Looking forward to be in Las Vegas next week. Countdown has started: 8 days 21 hours 16 minutes to go! Watch after Mix07!

Source:→ David’s Blog

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