CoreCLR Exposed 

Jamie Cansdale of TestDriven.NET fame just posted an intro post describing the hosting of Silverlight's CLR - CoreCLR.

Having the ability to host the runtime inside a Win32/.NET process brings up new possibilities, especially running Silverlight apps outside the browser or developing test harnesses/unit tests for Silverlight intended object models.

Silverlight 1.1 alpha and CoreCLR currently expose a very trimmed down version of the Framework's BCL. This will change by RTM, but be aware that its sweet spot is still the browser.

I can imagine a world where Silverlight apps will not only be media/presentation related. Currently, the competing platform, though having a strong install base, has not reached into that space.

You could arm Flash developers with rocket launchers, but they would still lose a battle war against .NET developers armed with chopsticks. Every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I believe the number of souls will significantly influence the outcome in this case.

Categories:  Architecture | CLR | Silverlight
Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:42:30 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


Wednesday, September 5, 2007 6:35:54 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Have you seen any further word around hosting Silverlight controls/apps within a Win32 host.

I see this as very important to allow a single stream of UI development (aka Silverlight work) which you can use both in the web, and for Win32 requirements as well. The case in point is having to put admin controls in both MMC and reveal versions of the controls for "less admin-ish" people in the Web. Why do that work twice?

I can see (and have heard the WPF team) argue against this - but they have a different agenda. For those of us that want to develop a sharp UI experience "once" this approach seems promising.

Any thoughts on the reality of this? Thanks
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