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This looks as a hard-to-answer question to me.

Let's see:

- To my taste, SilverLight is the very late response from Microsoft to Adobe's Flash (Macromedia's Flash before) (and Shockwave a lot before).

- Wkipedia's article states "(...) programmable web browser plugin that enable features (...) that characterizes rich Internet applications".

- However, it seems you can write either Internet apps, standalone apps or even sidebar gadgets. It seems to be a "please use me anywhere it fits, baby" thing.

If I were to do a website with animations, online videos and stuff, I would go for Adobe Flash, it is already established and installed in almost every machine, even Linux ones.

If I were to write an Internet app, and would like something more dynamic and nice-looking than PHP, Ruby, etc... I would give SilverLight a try (maybe even PHP can be used as an XML data backend and business rules validation on data access, etc...).

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I would add that Silverlight is much more than animations for the web. It started like that -as matonga states- trying to keep pase with adobe's flash and (nowadays) adobe air platform.

Being some sort of subset of WPF, silverlight anables much more business related applicatons and RIAs. Take a look at MSDN Magazine, there have been a few articles on that:

LOB Apps with Silverlight - Part 1

LOB Apps with Silverlight - Part 2

Silverlight Patterns

So I would tend to agree with matonga, If I only pursuing complex animation-like apps amd websites I would stick with flash... but if I would try to do more complex stuff like connection-aware RIA's I think Silverlight & Air are both something worth to take a look at.

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This looks as a hard-to-answer question to me.

Let's see:

- To my taste, SilverLight is the very late response from Microsoft to Adobe's Flash (Macromedia's Flash before) (and Shockwave a lot before).

- Wkipedia's article states "(...) programmable web browser plugin that enable features (...) that characterizes rich Internet applications".

- However, it seems you can write either Internet apps, standalone apps or even sidebar gadgets. It seems to be a "please use me anywhere it fits, baby" thing.

If I were to do a website with animations, online videos and stuff, I would go for Adobe Flash, it is already established and installed in almost every machine, even Linux ones.

If I were to write an Internet app, and would like something more dynamic and nice-looking than PHP, Ruby, etc... I would give SilverLight a try (maybe even PHP can be used as an XML data backend and business rules validation on data access, etc...).

That was really helpful bro.. I had no idea whatsoever about silverlight..:D

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