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Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010, Third Edition by Adam Freeman, Dan Mabbutt, Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 34. Silverlight

Although the Web is easily the most popular environment for business software, there are some things that web applications just can't do, or can't do very well. Even if you outfit your ASP.NET web pages with the latest cutting-edge JavaScript and Ajax you won't be able to duplicate many of the capabilities that desktop applications take for granted, such as animation, sound and video playback, and 3D graphics. And although you can use JavaScript to respond on the client to focus changes, mouse movements, and other "real-time" events, you still can't build a complex interface that's anywhere near as responsive as a window in a rich client application. (The saving grace of web programming is that you usually don't need these ...

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