Silverlight A 1.0 Release Candidate
Silverlight Microsoft s alternative to Adobe flash is getting ready to be released as a 1.0 release candidate.
So for everyone who has been playing around with it for the last couple of months, the new version 1.0 promises much, and looks like it is ready to deliver. In the "press release" in the msdn blogs, Tim Sneath states:
In just a couple of weeks, we'll be ready to publish the Release Candidate of Silverlight 1.0 to the web. We're in the final stages of stabilization as we close in on launch; fixing the last few bugs, doing detailed security penetration testing work, resolving any remaining inconsistencies and completing the last fit and finish work. Source: Blogs.msdn.com The thing that is the best thing about that whole statement, "detailed security penetration testing work" meaning they are tearing through the base code to make sure that it is as clean as possible. Quite the difference from some other languages, and while there is no way that it will be error free, the idea of pushing out a product that is going to be used on millions of web sites both internally and externally exposed, that has been security tested is a good thing.
While people have had to resort to the "Month of Bugs" syndrome to get people to pay attention, and there is no guarantee that Silverlight will not have bugs, it is great to at least see them dong this kind of work, and making it harder for people to do evil things, or even coding mistakes that lead to evil things in the base code set.
Many companies are still learning about doing things like this, and not all companies respond to security issues in the same way. What will be interesting to see is if Silverlight will also help programmers from making the common mistakes that can lead to a compromise of someone's web site.
Developers will be able to get an updated SDK and systems code to help migrate their early Silverlight apps off to the new version as well. You can get the SDK and new base here to help out with migration issues or change of code/functionality issues that will be encountered on the migration to RC 1.
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