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//Build/ keynote: the future of LightSwitch: Silverlight or HTML5?
Last Post 31 Jan 2012 04:03 AM by janvanderhaegen. 8 Replies.
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13 Sep 2011 09:16 AM
    Hey guys,

    I just got back from our user community event to follow the //Build/ keynote live stream.  For those of you that missed it and wonder what will change in Windows 8, if we'll be forced to switch to HTML5, and worry about your LightSwitch applications, I blogged about my first impressions...  //Build/ keynote: the future of LightSwitch: Silverlight or HTML5?
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    13 Sep 2011 09:17 AM
    So those are ofcourse just my impressions, and I'm personally really excited.
    But tell me, how do you guys look at these changes?
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    13 Sep 2011 09:26 AM
    In Win8 there will be no problems running pure Silverlight. Beyond that I want to hear that LightSwitch will run as a native Win8 app (XAML+C#/VB). This should not be a problem. Actually I still hold out hope for a LightSwitch HTML5 output...
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    13 Sep 2011 09:27 AM
    But... Why? :-D
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    13 Sep 2011 09:28 AM
    I mean: why HTML5?
    We have to hope for a Win8 application output...
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    13 Sep 2011 09:29 AM
    Why do I want the option to have a HTML5 output?
    Because it is another option that should be possible.
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    13 Sep 2011 04:12 PM
    Then in my opinion: bad news.
    If you want to make a Windows8 app that integrates with every other windows 8 application imaginable, then it doesn't matter if your code gets compiled into a HTML5 app or a Silverlight application, so MS probably won't put any effort in this.
    If you want to make a HTML5 website based on your LightSwitch application, then the same technical restrictions that are an issue today will still be an issue in the future.
    I must stress though that this is just my opinion, based on my knowledge and my experience. Hopefully, I'll be proven wrong some day!
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    17 Sep 2011 05:22 AM
    If LightSwitch doesn't support HTML5 then it shouldn't be touted as a tool for 'web' apps. They should just come out and say it is only for clients that support Silverlight.

    Basically you're cutting out most mobile devices, except Windows Mobile.

    I'm in agreement with @Admin and don't really understand @janvanderhaegen's line of questions. Why not HTML5?
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    31 Jan 2012 04:03 AM
    I only just stumbled upon this post...
    I should never be allowed near a computer again when 'm drunk, lol. Of course I also hope for an HTML5 front-end option for LightSwitch!
    The way LightSwitch is implemented (Meta-data driven development) this should not be an impossible task. (There will be some issues with their extensibility implementation however...)
    LightSwitch for the win! Can't wait to see what the future holds for us early adopters!
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