Silverlight (WPF/E) and Apollo: leveraging web app development skills
14 April 2007 1 Comment
Both techologies rely on cross-platform runtimes (WPF/E and Flash Player) that must be present on the user’s machine. WPF/E is primarily aimed for web page inclusion not unlike the Flash movies of today but provides the much richer declarative XML-based XAML (part of WPF) to represent the UI as opposed to the more complex Flash movie format. Apollo on the other hand is aimed squarely at the desktop with the concomittant problems of deployment and desktop installation. However, Apollo’s APIs provide local file storage so that applications can continue to work even when the Internet connection is not available, a major benefit.
These are interesting times for rich interactive and animated user interface designers (like Flashie the parasites were good but it took only a short time for one colour to dominate).
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