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Even if the Italian edition of the Silverlight INETA challenge was closed for lack of participants I still managed to submit my small Silverlight application: Marcin Celej, the organizer of the Polish edition, invited me to take part in his country's edition, and Jose Luis Latorre, the organizer of the continental competition was very kind to allow this exception to the nationality rule. So I submitted my "proof of concept" to the Polish competition.

Unlike Italy, France and the other so-called Western European countries which showed no or very few participants, the Eastern European countries had a lot of submissions. In Poland there were 15 projects submitted.

The Polish jury installed all the applications and made them available on the site. When I first saw the list of applications I was impressed by the quality and completeness of the submissions, which is higher than what I expected after looking at the projects submitted in the other national competitions: full fledged RIA applications, mediacenter, graph libraries, nothing my small "proof of concept" will be able to compete with.

Here the my running application, which is a graph based visualization, with interconnection between nodes, with zoom and pan with keyboard navigation and zooming also with the mouse wheel.

I'll not end up in the first 3 positions of the competition, but you can download the code of my application and see how I implemented it: the code is available for download on the competition's site.

posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:18 AM

Comments on this entry:

# Once again silver light proves it is not ready for prime time

Left by Pete at 2/13/2008 3:49 PM

I went to European Silverlight Challenge projects to check out what people are doing. I click on a link to look at a project. The page comes up and says I need to install silverlight. I am suprize by this since I have already loaded it on my box. What the heck maybe I missed the notice of a newer install. So I click the link and I am wisked over to a download page. Yet the download page says I have the last Silverlight already installed and there is nothing for me to download.

I like the concept of silverlight. In fact I am using a gallery at mysite to display pictures. But I am not impressed with how fragile silverlight is. I would have mention what project was not working but it seamed like over 50% of the projects suffered from the same problem. I know on my site safari/apple users have had problems. I told them two diffrent spots to get the download for silverlight. Both places failed to install silverlight on the laptop. Is there a swich or option missing. Perhaps but the install should just work, and there should not be a worry that it might not.

I hope that after Mix there will be a new release, that has one major feature... It works!

# re: Silverlight Competition: here are the participants

Left by Simone at 2/13/2008 4:26 PM

I think the problem is that the link that is automatically added by the javascript goes to the page to download the 1.0 RTM version.
While the JS checks for 1.1.
Probably because 1.1 is still in alpha, so if you want to see something developed with it you have to download the library yourself.

# re: Silverlight Competition: here are the participants

Left by Marcin Celej at 2/13/2008 9:35 PM


If you want to see the projects you need to uninstall SL (probably you have 1.0 on your computer). Install 1.1 ( and then you can see the applications running. Then you can install the 1.0 again.

I hope it helps.
Marcin Celej

# re: Silverlight Competition: here are the participants

Left by Simone at 2/13/2008 10:09 PM

I installed 1.1 over 1.0, and everything worked, and now I can see 1.0 SL apps without the need to un-install 1.1 and reinstall 1.0. So I guess you can also safely update.

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