Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Silverlight Tech Talk from TAE

Category: Microsoft, Presentation

Peter Laudati, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft, gave a presentation at The Ajax Experience titled Light Up the Web with Silverlight which is now available for you to watch:

In this session, you’ll learn all about Silverlight from a developer’s perspective, including how to build rich, interactive applications using Visual Studio, as well as Microsoft’s powerful new designer tool, Expression Blend. You’ll also see how to create dynamic experiences with the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), how to manipulate the overall application or experience with code, and how to retrieve data and media from a Web service and incorporate it all into a Silverlight application.

Bio: In his current role, Peter works with the developer community in New York and New Jersey to support area user groups, code camps, and other events. Previously, he worked as a consultant in Microsoft’s services division. As a consultant, he worked on several application development projects and provided architectural guidance for large customers throughout the NY & NJ metro area. He lives with his family in central New Jersey and loves kayaking and biking at the Jersey Shore.

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Ehh .. this is old stuff. We don’t need any more “This is what Silverlight is” demos, at least not here at We know what it is, we’ve seen it.

Comment by Jon Davis — December 4, 2007

Let me also add, posting this Silverlight here rubs me the wrong way.

I’m actually a big fan of Silverlight.

But I’m also a big fan of Javascript, DHTML, and the DOM.

Silverlight 1.1/2.0 doesn’t facilitate direct manipulation of the DOM from C# / Ruby / Python. It has a few wrappers (identified by ProperCase naming coventions), but the W3C DOM and browser script engine interopability is not properly exposed.

Because of this, I hold a grudge I cannot let go of. I’ll wait around till 3.0… or whatever version brings full automation of the web environment via the Silverlight CLR, in addition to automation of the Silverlight layout engine via the browser script engine.

Comment by Jon Davis — December 5, 2007

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