Microsoft® ilverlight™ and Rich Internet Applications
Silverlight™, formerly code named “Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E),” is Microsoft’s platform for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). It is designed to complement Ajax and other RIA technologies, such as Adobe Flash and Flex, Sun’s JavaFX and Microsoft’s own ASP.NET Ajax. Silverlight currently runs as a browser plug-in for In-ternet Explorer, Firefox and Safari on recent versions of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. In addition, developers from the Mono project ( www.mono-project.com) are developing an open-source implementation of Silverlight for Linux distributions called Moonlight.
Microsoft announced Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha at the 2007 MIX conference ( www.visitmix.com), Microsoft’s annual conference for web developers and designers. The demos were compelling, and many technology bloggers who attended the conference blogged about Silverlight’s excitement and potential. Since then, Microsoft has continued developing and enhancing Silverlight. At the time of this writing, Silverlight is currently available in version 1.0 Release Candidate and version 1.1 Alpha Refresh.
Despite the generally unstable nature of alpha-level software, we felt compelled to include examples using the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh because of Silverlight 1.1’s poten-tial to become an important RIA development platform. Silverlight 1.1 is still early in its development cycle, so you may encounter bugs while running this software. Also, it is pos-sible that Silverlight 1.1 will change substantially in future releases, breaking our 1.1-based example applications. For updated examples, please visit our website for this book at www.deitel.com/books/iw3htp4/. For information on the latest version(s) of Silverlight and to find additional Silverlight web resources, please visit our Silverlight Resource Center at www.deitel.com/silverlight.
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