Rich Internet Applications Special Report

Get Started with Silverlight Using Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 2

ver the years, we have all seen the proliferation of Web applications. In the early days, Web sites consisted of sets of static HTML pages, with nice graphics and lots of information. Then, server-side technologies like CGI, ASP, and JSP made Web applications possible and suddenly users were able do

A Straightforward Approach to Silverlight Component Design

icrosoft recently took WPF/E (which stood for Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere) out of the labs and released it as Silverlight, a new technology that lets you run XAML-based content—including animations and interactivity—in a web browser in a manner similar to Adobe Flash or Sun’s Java. At this time Microsoft supports

Fresh AIR for RIAs

ich Internet Applications (RIAs) represent not only an established, but a rapidly expanding, segment of software development. Although descriptions of RIA abound, most people agree that they blur the line between server-based and desktop applications. Typically, RIAs are more robust and feature-rich than conventional web applications. In most cases they

Managed Code Shines in Silverlight 1.1

n addition to the XAML and JavaScript combination supported in Silverlight 1.0, this Silverlight 1.1 Alpha client also supports managed code written in a language such as C# or VB.NET. That single addition brings many more development possibilities into play, and also pulls in a host of exisiting .NET developers,

A Veteran JFC/Swing Developer Makes the Leap to JavaFX Script

ver since the Internet emerged, developers and the user community have tried tirelessly to lend Internet application interfaces the same interactivity their desktop applications offered. As the Internet evolved, client-side scripting languages such as JavaScript allowed developers to add dynamic behavior to browser-based applications. However, because different browsers handle JavaScript