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Saturday, May 19, 2007

View Source - Giving It Back with Silverlight

Much of my HTML, Javascript and CSS learning came by way of the View Source context menu option in Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer with some tinkering on (the old) Geocities. My experience in that domain is hardly unique. And I had the opportunity to learn from the best; to sit on the shoulder of giants, as it were. I'd posit that the acceptance, popularity and ubiquity of the universal web is in large part due to that "openness" and the ethic of sharing. By keeping XAML in Silverlight a mere step away from your piqued curiosity, we're actively trying to make it easier to learn from the best.

Ernie Booth takes away what little remnants of pain existed on the newbie programmer's path to Silverlight nirvana with his excellent plug-in for Lutz Roeder's Reflector. Check out Ernie's post entitled View Source Reflector tool for .NET Silverlight sites. A must-have tool for the Silverlight developer.

Needless to say, should you care about protecting your IP, the tool doesn't circumvent any existing safeguards you have in place.

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