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Microsoft® ASP.NET and AJAX: Architecting Web Applications by Dino Esposito

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Microsoft Silverlight at a Glance

The quest for an RIA environment is the result of the inherent limitations of the AJAX approach. AJAX solves many issues and can definitely make for smoother and better received Web applications. AJAX, however, is based on HTML and JavaScript. The difference between a classic Web (plus AJAX) application and an RIA is found in the quality and capabilities of the user interface and the programming power.

An RIA offers a new delivery format (for Silverlight, it’s the Windows Presentation Foundation markup language) and compiled programming languages for expressing any related logic.

Microsoft Silverlight offers a .NET-based programming model, rich programming languages, code libraries, and controls for quick UI prototyping. ...

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