Over the last few years (and “over my dead body” as a lot of developers I know have said), Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) such as Flash and Silverlight have taken hold to do more than show funny cartoons. It seems like between Adobe AIR and Silverlight, many developers who formerly forsook these systems are now taking a second look and even signing on board.

I admit that Silverlight is attractive to me in a “you know you shouldn’t, but you want to anyways” kind of way. It uses XAML (which I should learn for WPF), it embraces IronPython, and I already have the tools and a lot of the API knowledge to work with it. But at the same time, I am not a fan of the principle.

I’m curious to know if and how other developers are using these systems. Take this quick poll to let us know.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.


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