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Why Did Javascript/AJAX Mop the Floor With Java, Flash and Silverlight?

Aug 05, 2008, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"".NET is Microsoft’s answer to Java: it compiles things into bytecode, it’s multi-platform, etc. Technically, many argue that it’s “Java as it should have been”. .NET isn’t free: while the virtual machine and the language itself are ECMA standards, Microsoft’s GUI libraries and other key components aren’t. This means (surprise surprise) that you can’t write a .NET program for Microsoft Windows, and run it under GNU/Linux, even though there is a .NET virtual machine for GNU/Linux (called “Mono”). If .NET is Microsoft’s answer to Java, Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Flash. Silverlight allows you to run .NET applications within your browser

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