I’ve just returned from a Silverlight seminar/ workshop run by Mason Zimbler, where I was lucky enough to be one of a few Bristol freelancers invited to attend. This wasn’t a Silverlight evangelism seminar, but rather a practical hands on seminar that introduced the Expression suite of software (Design, Blend and Encoder) and some basic tasks using each piece of software. Having said that, we were able to discuss the all important question that always crops up for Silverlight – why would you use it rather than Flash?
Downsides of course – the development tools are MS only, and even with Microsoft’s pervasiveness it is going to take a while for the critical mass to install the browser plugin – currently available for a handful of browsers for PC and Mac, not yet (ever?) for linux.
I was hoping to see a few more components provided in the box for common functionality such as form fields. I was under the impression that Microsoft would try to take advantage of silverlight’s .net underpinnings and sell Silverlight to hordes of Visual Studio developers by creating a library of form elements like you would find in a typical visual studio project. Third party components do exist, but I was surprised not to see it built into Blend.