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Silverlight vs Flex

I was reading about differences between Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flex, which I found following post on the Ken Rawlings blog: http://www.kenrawlings.com/archives/2007/04/22/flex-silverlight/

One thing that Ken mentioned and I agree with that it is an opportunity for Microsoft to release the Silverlight specification as a open patent-free standard.

This will give the interest to many individuals to extend the framework and boost the development cycle of Silverlight. The only problem is Microsoft does not sees comfortable with open patent-free source codes as they have never shown interest in open source software development.

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  1. September 24, 2008 at 2:35 am

    the flex sdk is already open source… although the player is still not that open, part of it is !(the as3 avm2 part.. see the tamarin project)

    Adobe is still closer to open source than microsoft. It would be nice to see Silverlight become open, but Microsoft do not seem to be embracing an open standard as much as Adobe.

    my 2 cents..

  2. December 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Hmm. As far as I know all of WPF proper (not Silverlight) source code is available. I also believe that a “sample” implementation of most of the .NET CLR is available somewhere on the Microsoft site. In fact, some of the things that are going to be forthcoming features of WPF are available on CodePlex now (VisualStateManager for example). Not sure if all of this qualifies as pure Open Source, but I think it’s an interesting model, don’t you?

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