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Hm, I just wanted to try Office 2010, went to the official website and the only way I could get it was a 650MB download. In the video, they make it sound like Click to Run is the new way to distribute Office which doesn't seem to be the current experience.
That blog post, if you find time to write it, would be a fanstastic read! Subscribing to your blog now
I was very interested in this episode and listened carefully (twice, actually) but am I right that the only advantage of SL over Flash/Flex/AIR mentioned was the single runtime installation for the OOB apps? I am currently a Flex developer and there are
several things that make me want to switch to SL (C#, Visual Studio's productivity, better video etc.) but smaller desktop runtime as the only thing mentioned? That was a little disappointing as I didn't learn about the other reasons and why Microsoft evangelists
think they are important (if they do).
I'd also like to comment on other things I've heard in the show:
• At about 6th minute Flex was compared to the full .NET framework. Mike talks about how .NET targets many more scenarios than Flex which is obviously true but I'm still wondering how that helps me understand the differences / similarities between Flex and the Silverlight SDK (obviously you don't develop in the full .NET framework when you target the SL runtime; SL is also a small, focused runtime and framework).
• Mike said that "Flex is built on top of Java" which I'm sure he knows isn't true (he probably meant that Adobe ships a separate server product built in Java that Flex apps can communicate with, amongst many other supported server technologies).
• Also, while I agree that SL4 will be much closer to what Adobe AIR can do, SL3 was also mentioned in the video and in Silverlight 3, OOB is not similar to AIR in any way (SL3 OOB is a sandboxed technology; that changes in SL4 to some extent although AIR is still much more "native" and feature-rich).
It's a shame that we didn't hear more about WHY Mike believes in Silverlight. Even more entertaining would be to hear about Flex deficiencies but I understand that that must be difficult for Mike to do publicly
And John, thanks for asking interesting questions as someone who doesn't have much experience with the Flex/Flash ecosystem.
I would also be interested in knowing why they chose -eq etc. instead of the standard operator set.