For me, XBAP‘s (which stand for XAML Browser Applications) are one of the more exciting ways to implement Windows Presentation Foundation. WPF gives you the ability to create some fantastic applications for the desktop but in some cases, the desktop deployment model isn’t ideal.
Which is where XBAPs come in. I’ve been trying to find out if people are using them and so far I haven’t had much luck. But today Karen Corby had a great post about what XBAPs get you. When I break down the Adobe/Microsoft technology competition, it goes something like this:
- Apollo vs. Windows Presentation Foundation
- Flash Player vs WPF/E
- Flex vs XBAP
Now there is the very real issue of cross platform compatibility, but for someone locked into using Windows, I think XBAPs are a pretty compelling way to build an RIA. You get all of the richness of WPF but it runs in a browser just like other web applications. I’m stunned there hasn’t been more attention about this so Karen’s post is a welcome addition.
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