Jeff Prosise is on DotNet Rocks this week. Jeff has been immersed in Silverlight development for most of 2007. Whether you believe that Silverlight is a the next big web UI or are looking at it with a skeptics eye I think you’ll want to listen to the show. Carl Franklin, Richard Campbell and Jeff all have excellent insights into the shifting world of web development.
Some quotes from the show:
RC: Do you think that Silverlight is that radical a shift?
JP: I think it more than radical, I really do.
JP: It’s bye-bye HTML and hello vector graphics.
JP: To me, one of the most frustrating limitations in building browser based apps has always been that I can’t ‘paint’ directly into the browser window. What I can do is submit an HTTP request to a web server to go grab an image, and it can be a dynamically generated image. But at the end of the day it’s like: getting a graphic to appear in a web page is like walking out your front door, walking to the corner store and back down the alley just to get to your back door. With Silverlight we finally have control, we can draw into that browser window and that’s huge.
JP: We’re more dependent than ever on designers and I think the success of Silverlight and of WPF depends not only on there being a lot of passionate coders but a lot of passionate artsy folks as well. And I don’t think that critical mass is there yet. I don’t think we’re close to it on the design side.
Listen to the show.