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Silverlight is a technology developed by Microsoft that incorporates similar functionality as that in Adobe Flash. It is a free plug-in powered by .Net framework and is compatible with multiple devices and operating systems. It is packed with 60+ out of the box and customizable controls that help integrate graphics, multimedia, animation, and interactivity in one run time environment. Silverlight also allows developers to apply content to 3D plane without writing additional codes. Thus it is one of the advance framework for developers to create web and mobile applications.
Even for developing Rich Internet Applications, Silverlight proves to be a better option since it is delivered on XAML. The advantage of using XAML is that, it is easier for search engines to find and scan XAML than applications compiled in Adobe Flash. Moreover, with the use of Silverlight, developers get controls and power to customize applications which infuse better interactivity and user experience.
The developers who are contemplating on whether to use Silverlight or not, here’s a quick guide which will help you firm up with the decision of using Silverlight for developing Rich Internet Applications.
Projects Sharing: Silverlight projects can be shared in Visual Studio which is linked with WYSIWYG, a designer tool. This helps developers to define projects and helps designers to create the user interface of the project using WYSIWYG page designer.
Cross-browser Plugins: The cross-browser plugins of Silverlight enables developers to work with the applications regardless of browsers and operating systems.
Better Co-ordination: Since Silverlight has cross-browsers support and also supports asynchronous calls along with facility of sharing projects, it instills better coordination of the complete application development cycle.
Wide Technology Support: Silverlight is compatible with PHP and Linux and also supports third party languages like Python, ECMAScript and Ruby which helps in streaming videos more faster with better quality.