Sparks to Fly at Adobe AIR/Flex vs. Microsoft Silverlight Debate

Sparks to Fly at Adobe AIR/Flex vs. Microsoft Silverlight Debate

VHS vs. Betamax. Windows vs. Macintosh. HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray. The electronic format wars have a new battleground — rich Internet applications.

The AIR/Flex vs. Silverlight debate and battle for the control in the future of computing is scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Minor room. The free event includes pizza, refreshments and a free drawing for the Adobe Web Premium software suite (valued at $800).

Both Adobe and Microsoft have created their own technologies for developing media-rich computer applications. Adobe's AIR/Flex allows developers to design applications that can also run independently of the Internet. On the other side, Mircrosft's Silverlight allows developers to build programs that can be used online and adapt desktop software to run in web browsers.

Sam Stokes, academic developer/evangelist at Microsoft, and Kevin Hoyt, platform evangelist at Adobe, will represent their contenders in the debate.

The free event is sponsored by the Interactive Web Development Student Association and the Computer Information Systems Department in the College of Business Administration. The event will be streamed live over the Internet at