It’s the Silverlight versus HTML5 and what should you do about which to learn. I am hedging my bets on Silverlight since it is easier to develop with than Flex, and I work for Microsoft. In this economy it is nice to have work, and you might be between jobs, if you are things will improve and I want to be there for you, but since I am just crappy blogger, there isn’t much I can do is there? Ok, there is a little bit, one of the things I can do is not give bad advice.
HTML 5 is often overly reported as:
- Here is a well written and must read link:
- How Will HTML 5 Affect Websites, Development?
- One minor point, the article seems to indicate that the HTML5 specification will “Ratify” next summer, that is true, but this is not the date of the final specification
- For a nice countdown till HTML 5 specification is final:
- Interview with one of the HTML 5 specification reviewers, from 2008 but an interesting read, and makes the point that HTML 5 specification is not final till 2022, let me write that again: 2022, see this article for the timeline:
- Where do you go for the most current information:
- See http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/ for any specific information about HTML 5
- Do you have to wait? No, No, No, No
- Microsoft has an internal commitment to building standards based tools and technologies, this means that HTML 5 is the standard to use, so logically it means that Microsoft is going to make a big play to HTML 5.
- For now, the Platform development for Windows Phone 7 is using Silverlight and XNA with VB.NET or C#, this is true in the released version of WP7 and the Mango version.
- <<My opininon and no one has told me otherwise>>
- If you have heard rumors that C++ will another language that can be used for a future version of WP7 or WP V-Next, I wouldn’t make the assumption that you will be able use unmanaged code.
- Keep in mind that you can force C++ development to only use managed code with a switch.
Is the timeline for HTML 5, so the “candidate recommendation will be in 2012”
- First W3C Working Draft in October 2007.
- Last Call Working Draft in October 2009.
- Call for contributions for the test suite in 2011.
- Candidate Recommendation in 2012.
- First draft of test suite in 2012.
- Second draft of test suite in 2015.
- Final version of test suite in 2019.
- Reissued Last Call Working Draft in 2020.
- Proposed Recommendation in 2022.