Greetings from Ajax World where Silverlight is King! (Or at least royalty)

I'm here at Ajax World in Santa Clara and interest in Silverlight is very high. Folks want to know what it is, how it works, how it fits in with Ajax, and how they can get started with it. 

One thing that is very clear from talking with folks here is that I need to do a series of videos about how Microsoft AJAX and Silverlight complement each other; the realtionship between the two is very unclear for a lot of developers. It will be a great deal of fun working on those.

A truly interesting aspect of presenting Silverlight to AJAX developers is that they are perfectly happy to hear that the event handling in 1.0 is in Javascript — after all, AJAX is built on Javascript. But they are very juiced about the Rich experiences available in Silverlight and equally excited by the debugging and development support in Visual Studio 2008.

Joe Stagner gave a great Keynote about AJAX and how the Microsoft AJAX implementation goes beyond eye candy, and it was the perfect setup for talking both about how AJAX and Silverlight can enhance one another and about how Silverlight is also not just eye candy. 

Fertile ground for follow up, I can't wait to get back home and start writing new tutorials, white papers and recording new videos.

 

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.

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