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Hanselminutes Podcast 164 - Silverlight 3 with Tim Heuer

June 19, 2009 Comment on this post [6] Posted in Podcast | Silverlight
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Heuer-200-long My one-hundred-and-sixty-fourth podcast is up. When's Silverlight 10 coming out? These versions are moving pretty fast. Scott chats with Tim Heuer to try and make sense of it. How does offline for Silverlight work? What's the best way to keep on the this new tech.

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June 19, 2009 7:12
A very interesting talk indeed. The new offline functionality in silverlight 3 is exactly what I have been looking for. Currently redeveloping our website to use this. In our case, we wanted something that could be used online predominantly, but also offline as needed. The website helps provide exercise information for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke etc (with the ability to search etc). The one thing people kept telling us, was they would like to be able to use it on their laptops even if there is no internet access, not to mention using it in countries with poor internet access like Africa. Local storage and the ability to stream zip files to the client make for some pretty impressive features that we can add. So well done guys.
June 19, 2009 18:32
Scott, you really nailed it when you brought up that people not wanting to 'messing with products in beta' when it may break what they have at the time -- that and the large installation requirements for just trying out Silverlight is a big turn-off.

I'm sure most of us want to try out these new technologies, but at the same time we have work to do -- we can't lose productivity in order to see what might make our lives easier. The more that rests on the shoulders of VS, the less I think I'm going to try it out. VS just makes up too much of my day!

Great podcast!
June 19, 2009 22:59
webdev)hb: There really is only one install requirement for Silverlight (VS2008). After that it is one installer. I think the difficulty becomes when people are on the edge of everything beta (i.e., Silveright 3, etc.). The teams always try to think of better ways around this like providing dev Virtual PCs, etc. but sometime we get caught up in long process-beaurocratic junk. So there is a balance of getting things out early versus getting things out with a bunch of other options. I feel most pains with people wanting to try out SL3 beta but can't 'destroy' their SL2 dev machine environment. Here a VPC is the way to go if you can.

There are other tools that some community folks have created for Silverlight/WPF development, like KaXaml...but in the end, VS will still be the best of breed for full developer goodness in my opinion. One thing to note is that the Web Platform Installer makes it easier to not have to *find* things and you can just select what you need/want (VS, Silverlight tools) and it downloads and installs for you.
June 19, 2009 23:09
LOL, V10 Eh? Yeah I think they are to slow, new versions every quarter.... v7 next year, v11 in 2 years !! Woot!
June 20, 2009 8:19
I just redone my computer because it crashed luckyly I had almost everything backed up with accronics so I did not lose a lot. I want the free version of Silver lite latest Eddition
June 23, 2009 2:35
That was a great podcast. I felt myself "less lonely" when i hearded that the async calls needed in Sl are one of the biggest problems among developers (specially to windows forms guys like me).
I also support the idea that Sl has to run in a sandbox with no access to printers, scanners or whatever. If i need that kind of access then i´ll go to wpf/clickonce, or eventually to a local WCF service, knowing the price in installations i have to pay.
If i have to ask for something, that will be more and better LOB controls inside SL runtime so that i can avoid the use of external libraries that make the xap files fatter.
As a software provider, the SL scenario is nearly fantastic from the product quality and the business opportunities points of view.
Please excuse my poor english, keep going and thank you!

Horacio Diez

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