Chapter 16. Silverlight

In 2002, the term RIA was introduced. RIA, an acronym for rich Internet applications, is a generic name for applications that have the characteristics of desktop applications even though they are actually web applications. These applications differ from other web applications by their richness, which is expressed in an enhanced interface, media capabilities, and the overall “look and feel” of the application.

This rich interface cannot be achieved currently with the browser out-of-the-box capabilities like HTML and JavaScript. ...

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