Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Telerik provides updated platform guidance for .NET (Think "I want to build for X..." "Then we suggest Y, and here's why...")

sellsbrothers - Telerik’s evolving platform guidance for .NET developers

Telerik often gets questions from its customers about which of the multitude of app frameworks that Microsoft provides for .NET developers that they should pick. WinForms? WPF? Silverlight? ASP.NET? What’s the right solution for their problem? The answer is always the same: it depends.

Unfortunately, that’s not very helpful, so last year a set of the best and brightest that Telerik has to offer sat down and figured out just what it depends on and whether we could offer clear, concise guidance for our customers. The answer was “yes we could,” so we did that in 2011.

However, it’s been a busy year that’s included two major events in the life of a .NET developer: Silverlight desktop and web have been shelved and Windows 8 has been born. So, with that in mind, we’ve updated the platform guidance to take those two important changes to the .NET developer landscape into account; you can read all about it in the Telerik’s 2012 platform guidance for .NET developers.

Or, if you’re already familiar with the 2011 guidance, the rest of this post will be about what’s changed in 2012.


  • Desktop Application
    • Ideal .NET Platform: WPF
    • Key Advantages of WPF:
  • Tablet Application
    • Ideal Tablet Platform: XAML and .NET
    • Key Advantages of XAML for building Metro-style apps:
    • Key Advantages of HTML for building Metro-style apps:



I could have sworn I blogged about the 2011 version of this, but I can't seem to find it... Anyway, I love seeing this kind of clear guidance, especially from someone outside of Microsoft (though obviously closely connected). And what I love about this, is that they really don't hype their own products (much). If you're looking for some platform guidance, this is a great resource...

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