breaking the sandbox in silverlight 3

One of the most exciting announcements at MIX 09 was the inclusion of “Out Of Browser” functionality in Silverlight 3. While WPF is an amazing tool, we previously had no good solution for leveraging xaml based applications onto the mac (And eventually linux) desktop. With “Out Of Browser” Silverlight we will be able to not only bring the somewhat connected desktop experience that we have with Adobe AIR to Silverlight, but finally also a rich desktop solution for OS X. Still the moment you start building a desktop application in Silverlight you will start to notice the somewhat stringent sandbox of Silverlight. As with in browser experiences you are restricted to web sandbox, which Microsoft did for good security reasons. While this helps ensure all users who consume an “Out Of Browser” Silverlight application are “safer” from malicious code, it’s also often the most frustrating part of developing hybrid desktop/web applications. If you’re writing a desktop application regardless of technologies you expect to get more control than you would in a client based web technology. Yet, where there’s a will there’s a way, and this way comes to us through our experience with adobe air.

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