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The war's over. Web plugins like Silverlight and Flash have served their purpose well, but the native web is now sufficiently powerful to render web plugins superfluous and irrelevant. What's a Silverlight developer to do? Enter KnockoutJS. Instead of throwing away our existing skills built up through Silverlight, I'll show you how to transfer your skills to the native web via KnockoutJS, using familiar technologies like data binding, MVVM, templates, and commanding support.

The war's over. Web plugins like Silverlight and Flash have served their purpose well, but the native web is now sufficiently powerful to render web plugins superfluous and irrelevant. What's a Silverlight developer to do? Enter KnockoutJS. Instead of throwing away our existing skills built up through Silverlight, I'll show you how to transfer your skills to the native web via KnockoutJS, using familiar technologies like data binding, MVVM, templates, and commanding support.

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  1. 1. •Avtex pays me to write code during the day. Then I do it for free at night. • Built cool Silverlight stuff for 3M • Wrote some fun Silverlight projects • Now a web developer in Y with KnockoutJS @JudahGabriel
  2. 2. I’ve met people in the most remote areas of the world, living in straw huts without electricity or running water, who have mobile phones. -Nat Friedman, co-founder of Xamarin
  3. 3. I've got a dual-core internet connected super-computer in my pocket. -Scott Hanselman
  4. 4. Silverlight can no longer be “WPF Everywhere”
  5. 5. Q. What’s wrong with this app?
  6. 6. A. Everything.
  7. 7. Silverlight is a technology of the gaps. And those gaps are shrinking.
  8. 8. Silverlight is a technology of the gaps. And those gaps are shrinking.
  9. 9. Silverlight is a technology of the gaps. And those gaps are shrinking.™
  10. 10. Silverlight is a technology of the gaps. And those gaps are shrinking.™ -Me, just now
  11. 11. …and much more.
  12. 12. For the future of the web, we need to get out of plugin prison. -Vic Gundotra, Google VP of Engineering, Google IO conference
  13. 13. Plugins were created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where plugins fall short. -Steve Jobs, 2010
  14. 14. HTML5 lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug- ins. -Steve Jobs, 2010
  15. 15. For the web to move forward, the Metro-style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and is plug-in free. The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web. -Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft President
  16. 16. We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile devices. This will allow us to increase investment in HTML5, which is universally supported on major mobile devices. -Adobe press release, November 9th, 2011
  17. 17. Key components that would have allowed Silverlight to become a real cross-platform framework were cut from releases. Silverlight's fate was sealed when they started supporting Windows-only features in the plugin. -Miguel deIcaza, founder of Mono and Moonlight
  18. 18. Silverlight had a bright future, and that it could turn to fill an important void, not only for web development, but for desktop development in general. I am very sad that Microsoft strategy cut the air supply to Silverlight. -Miguel deIcaza, founder of Mono and Moonlight
  19. 19. We’ve heard developers express concern about the long term future of Silverlight for Windows Phone. Please don’t panic; WinRT in Windows 8 Phone can be viewed as a direct evolution from today’s Silverlight. -Larry Lieberman, Microsoft, Windows Phone Dev blog
  20. 20. Stay in Microsoft land: Move to the web: WinRT HTML5 The death of web plug-ins
  21. 21. Why KnockoutJS? It gives us things like:
  22. 22. 3.
  23. 23. Try KnockoutJS for yourself, right in your web browser: learn.knockoutjs.com

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