Sunday, November 07, 2010

Rewrite is pending

Recent new form PDC had nearly caused me a heart attack: MS drops Silverlight for web and bets on HTML5.

Few months ago when I was choosing a platform to write my app, Silverlight looked good:

  • C# and .Net
  • Easy to develop and debug.
  • MS is backing it up, meaning that it will be widely used.
  • Can be detached from the browser and made into a standalone application.

Even worse, detachable feature pushed me to develop a thick client to save the round trips to the server and improve performance.


Few months later, it does not look like a great idea anymore. Not only I have to re-write the app in HTML5/JavaScript, but I also have to re-architecture it to make it more decoupled. On the bright side, I plan to make it a learning experience and also to document the process in my blog to practice a discipline of posting and writing.

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