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Should I use Silverlight in my next project?

With the latest release of Silverlight 5 there is no better time than now to use Silverlight for your Line Of Business (LOB) application.  You can download the latest release here.

If work for a manager that thinks that Silverlight is dead, send them over to this link and have them check out the support timeline for Silverlight 5.  Here’s the snippet from the Silverlight 5 section:

Silverlight 5 will support the browser versions listed on this page through 10/12/2021, or though the support lifecycle of the underlying browsers, whichever is shorter. As browsers evolve, the support page will be updated to reflect levels of compatibility with newer browser versions.

I think that should placate their worries. Folks, this is good news!  We can now continue developing rich business applications in one of the best technologies available.  I personally don’t think you can develop applications in any way faster than using a XAML technology like Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010.  Don’t waste your time trying to recreate the wheel when we have a great technology that is just waiting for you to use.

If you need it to run on tablet devices like an Android or iPad device, then you will need to rethink your strategy.  However, I strongly urge you to continue to use your Silverlight skills and build some really killer LOB applications.  I would also point out that your knowledge and expertise in Silverlight is not lost when transitioning to Windows 8.  You are going to be able to use your XAML skills to continue to develop rich “metro” style applications as well.

More than anything else, if you have a business requirement for an LOB application and you are a Windows or Mac shop, use the best technology available with the fastest time to market, which is Silverlight!

So to answer my own question, “Yes, you should!”

Hope this helps…

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