When do you use Silverlight?

Last updated by Bryden Oliver about 1 year ago.See history

This rule has been archived
Archived Reason: Deprecating as Silverlight is no longer installable and has been deprecated for 10 years.

There is a place for Silverlight, but it can only be the 'richer' experience. In some cases, it is better not to use Silverlight for Data Entry Form and also content publisher should have the alternative to Silverlight for Android & iOS users.

Mobile Device

Figure: Silverlight does not work on an iPad, It can't be the only experience

Data Entry Forms

NO. HTML must be the default experience. Microsoft says for Business Apps, but be careful. Silverlight is *Not* for data entry forms. Tab Index Implement is very hard and end result isn’t consistent among the popular browsers. Users frequently use tab to move from Text Box to another Text Box and require consistent experience while entering data using a different browser. HTML 5 introduced autofocus, placeholder and validation feature which is useful for creating consistent Data Entry form for various browser.

Useful Links: HTML 5 Form Elements

Microphone or Camera

YES, You can access the camera & microphone from Silverlight. System.Windows. Media.CaptureSource object provides methods and properties used to work with audio and video capture devices. In essence, CaptureSource is like a little media player. After the video being captured, We can give ShaderEffect or manipulate captured still image.

Useful links: Learning Video

Socket Communication

YES. System.Net.Sockets.Socket Class provides a set of methods and properties for network communications. The Socket class allows you to perform asynchronous data transfer using any of the communication protocols listed in the ProtocolType enumeration. Currently, the only supported ProtocolType is the TCP protocol. Supported Version Silverlight 4 & 3. MSDN – Socket Class

For interactive charts in a BI ( Business Intelligence ) solution

NO. There are some aftermarket solutions available. Notable are Telerik Silverlight Control, Infragistics Silverlight Data Visualization. Telerik provides BI solution using Advanced GridView, Charts with zooming, scrolling, multi-level resource grouping. Both solutions use shared API across Silverlight and WPF, as a result product users can visualize data in more flexible way.

For Richer TextBox

YES. Using Silverlight Rich TextBox user can format Text, insert image, DataGrid, Calendar, display Text right-to-left, print content, and can access clipboard. Accessing Clipboard can be implemented by using Clipboard Object. Selected Text context can be implemented using Popup Control. Sample in MSDN

For mapping apps

YES. Microsoft.Maps.MapControl provides functionality to access Bing Maps. Using script a site can implement map feature by referencing the Bing Maps Silverlight Control XAP file in an object tag. Here are some sample applications:
Microsoft Bing Map & DeepEarth Project

Slow Response

The initial slow response is due to downloading of the .xap file. This is not an issue since it is a one-time download and the user gets a fast response with later interaction. For later visits, the user will not face a slow response issue as the browser already cached the data. Also, check out rules - Do you use dynamic application loading in Silverlight?

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