Advice on moving from SIlverlight? Future platform for a js - hater? RRS feed

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  • Hello, I figured this might be a good place to start, with like-minded developers. I've been using SL for the past 7-8 years for internal app dev. I won't apologize for using a dated platform that's let me focus 100% on solving business needs and zero on learning new platforms. It is, however, time to start looking at a go-forward platform. Honestly, I've always hated coding in HTML and js is a miserable experience IMO. I love c# and the power it gives me without struggling with js typos and the hour it takes me to find one. I'd love to avoid js. Our apps are internal and for a small audience, so I have a lot of control over the browser requirements, which means I don't have to deal with the myriad cross-browser compatibility hacks. 

    Wondering if anyone can point me towards alternatives. I just installed vs 2017 and have started attending MS meetups after work, talking about Azure, VS 2017, etc.

    Azure? Dart? Is Xamarin only for mobile dev? Does it work for desktop web apps, like SL does? Guessing not.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:18 PM

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  • Hi Todd Beaulieu,

    Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications, and frameworks of your choice.

    What is Azure?

    Xamarin : As far as I know, it is a Mobile app development platform.

    >>Wondering if anyone can point me towards alternatives.

    Maybe you can describe your current software situation, this will help us to better discuss.

    Best Regards,

    Yohann Lu

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    Monday, April 17, 2017 6:41 AM
  • UWP apps perhaps? I am in a similar situation and would like to continue with XAML.
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:48 PM
  • You know ... I hadn't even heard of that. Crazy how hard it is to follow the industry while I'm busy delivering complex solutions at work in a platform with which I'm productive. 

    I've been watching video after video on HTML 5, .net core, Javascript and Typescript over the past couple of weeks. Also went to a number of Azure meetups at my local Microsoft office.

    To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised by how much better HTML 5 is from what I remember (mostly because of the javascript APIs in the browser) but just as impressed with Typescript, which eliminates my complaints about how crappy it is to code in a typeless language. Typescript lets you code with Intellisense, autocompletion, compiler failures, etc., all while compiling down to js. In other words, it's really a compiler aid. I still prefer XAMLx1000, but I'm attempting to come up to speed with the current standards to give it a shot. I also intend to learn Angular. SOOOO much to learn! ugh.

    Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:58 PM