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On Silverlight and Blend

Written by Alcides Fonseca at 2007/09/30

Michael wrote about how Silverlight is meant for designers. In fact, you should read it before you continue.



I believe Microsoft thinks software should be developed in team. It doesn’t matter if it is a pair or a big company with thousands of people working on that product. If you want to produce some good software, you need people to work on its different sides ( programming, design, database, etc…). More and more, the user interface is becoming a lot more important in software development. Microsoft is answering this demand with Expression Blend, a great tool for designers to implement good interfaces. It might be harder for a hardcore programmer to catch up with all its power, but it is possible! I took a look around Blend Expression and it was pretty familiar to me.



Regarding Silverlight as a RIA platform, I believe it will not be as used as Flash unless they come up with true 3D functionalities. Designers are used to Flash and if they don’t see any advantage, they won’t change! Maybe that’s why Microsoft doesn’t see Silverlight targeting the web. And on the desktop, .NET+Silverlight+WPF+... can’t be compared to AIR+Flash…



And by the way, if you are in Portugal, Expression European Designer Tour is coming up October, 24 and you can see some details in Filipe Freitas blog.