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Hanselminutes Podcast 121 - LineRider - Porting a Flash Game to Silverlight 2

July 17, 2008 Comment on this post [10] Posted in Podcast | Silverlight
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My one-hundred-and-twentyfirst podcast is up.image In this episode, I talk to Rick Barraza, an Experience Architect from Cynergy with a background in Flash, and Bryan Perfetto, a Developer from Inxile writing his first Silverlight application. We chat about how and why they ported the popular Flash Game to Silverlight 2.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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July 17, 2008 18:14
I'm confused. I distinctly recall listening to this podcast on my drive to Saint Louis last weekend. How is it just now coming out?
July 17, 2008 18:45
It did. Scott runs a bit behind on posting a notice to his blog from time to time.
July 17, 2008 20:10
It's true, I'm slow.
July 18, 2008 7:34
Just an FYI, ActionScript/Flash is JIT compiled, not interpreted.

Also, it sounds like they are comparing Silverlight 2 to Flash 8. Flash 9 is several times faster than Flash 8. I am not saying that Flash is as fast as Silverlight (I honestly have no idea). The only benchmarks I have seen are from here: , but I don't think you can derive too much from these.
July 18, 2008 8:05
Good to know, thanks for clearing that up!
July 22, 2008 1:55
Hi Scott,
Nice episode.


I really liked the General Feedback Forum you used on BabySmash, with the ability to submit , vote discuss ideas.

Is this something you wrote yourself or something I can download and install on my site?

Thanks for all you do.

July 22, 2008 2:02
It's You can set it up in 5 min!
July 24, 2008 11:57
Thanks good topic, being involved in flash website design for more then 10 years I'm really keen to see a more structured and logical alternative to Adobe Flash, I thought that MS Silverlight would be a major contendor, but untill now apart from some promotional samples I have not come across many people using it.
August 05, 2008 1:04
regarding flash, silverlight, etc being slower on the Mac vs Windows: While I've not actually written any code on the Mac yet, I did some research into the libraries and in Objective C 2 they introduced managed memory. The memory is reference-counted and according to the research on the .Net framework they found that reference-counted memory management was hugely slower than using the garbage collector. I suspect that has a great deal to do with the slowness.

Love your podcasts.

August 14, 2008 18:32
I heard on the podcast that Silverlight has built in support to interface with Windows Live Messenger. I found no reference to it while searching the web. Can you give us more info ?

Tiago Andrade e Silva

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