[Mono-dev] Silverlight/Moonlight questions

Rolf Bjarne Kvinge rolflists at ya.com
Thu Oct 18 11:53:31 EDT 2007


> - As you guys have managed to make widgets for the desktop using
> Moonlight, could this be done also with Silverlight? 

I think so yes. 
There are Vista gadgets done with Silverlight somewhere.

> If yes, how one
> could do that from a normal .NET application that could call a
> Silverlight widget? 

I have no idea how the Vista gadgets are made, but one idea is to use
the System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser to embed a browser inside a desktop app.

> Would this be cross-platform if you used only
> managed code? I ask this because here[1] you can see that Silverlight
> is only understood as a browser plugin, which I think it's incorrect,
> given the first assumption.

In theory yes, but it's still a long way to go.

> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Silverlight
> - Is the moonlight designer already usable (it's called lunareclipse
> right?). 

I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know :)

> If yes, is there some page to download tarballs with it? 

No, you have to use SVN to get it.

> BTW, in a similar way as previous bullet: can lunareclipse be run from the
> desktop without a browser? 

Yes (it is a desktop application)

> If yes, can it be launched from Windows? 

No. It requires Moonlight, and Moonlight doesn't run on Windows.

> Or from a .NET application? 
> I ask this because, as I understand, Silverlight CLR runs in a Sandbox 
> and thus it should not allow to write/read from disk, so then how can 
> anyone save the contents made by lunareclipse in the home directory or 
> whenever on the local computer?

It is a .NET application already.


> Many thanks in advance,
> 	Andrés	[ knocte ]
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