Turns out…my thoughts in the previous post seem to be where MSFT sits as well.
I seriously never liked the whole Silverlight vs Flash and now don’t like the Flash vs HTML 5 arguments out there but Microsoft’s [MSFT] announcement strikes a familiar chord with me. I’m seeing this from a different perspective since I’m not a Silverlight developer by default [only if you pay me to do it].
ScottGu published some info about Silverlight 2. In my opinion, these upgrades bring Silverlight much closer to being a serious consideration for RIA development. There have been some cool things come out but nothing quite matching anything created by other technologies. I see SL 1.0 as a “video” release. This release seems to bring the focus to application development, which is great.
“Read more about Silverlight 2.0 on ScottGu’s blog”:http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/02/22/first-look-at-silverlight-2.aspx.
Thoughts? Still afraid of it Flash Platform geeks? Is it still the devil? Is it still seen as a “ying and yang kinda thing”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESyzOpoNeMQ (funny video, “Phillip”:http://phillipkerman.com/blog/) or a competitor? 🙂
My opinion…it is “getting there” but isn’t quite there. I’ll review the API/upgrades and give a full review after actually touching the code. I’m HIGHLY interested though, as I’ve always been.
Scott Barnes is a very vocal evangelist at Microsoft. He “blogged about using masks and a VideoBrush in Silverlight”:http://blogs.msdn.com/msmossyblog/archive/2007/09/17/silverlight-masking-demo.aspx and “posted the example here”:http://www.mossyblog.com/SilverlightMaskDemo/.
This example is a HUGE reason why I love the video support in Silverlight. Being able to create a VideoBrush and place that brush in multiple locations (see how Scott used the brush as a reflection) is sweet!
Check out the example…it is simple but nice.
Woo woooo! 🙂 Silverlight 1.0 has been released.
Microsoft also updated the “Microsoft.com/silverlight site”:http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/#0_0 to an all-silverlight site (which actually is pretty nice). They have a nice carousel of images on the Home page which provides a very slick zoom up on a video player which plays very smooth and clean video (as expected).
For more information on Silverlight, visit “Silverlight.net”:http://silverlight.net/.