InfoWorld rates Silverlight the best rich internet application platform in 2011.
“Right now, we favor Silverlight. In the two categories most important to decision makers — developer tools and design integration – Silverlight trumps Flash/AIR/Flex. The toolset in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is demonstrably excellent, and Microsoft Expression Blend bridges the design-development gap much better than Adobe Flash Catalyst. For these reasons, companies like Netflix have chosen Silverlight as their RIA technology. We completely agree.”
Of course such a rating always depends on what is important in a certain context, but it shows that Silveright is definitely one of the leading technologies in the RIA space. Beside many other aspects the toolset is very important, as it helps to boost developer productivity.
I can only confirm that. We are currently using Silverlight in an Scrum project applying an incremental design and agile specification approach. Silverlight is ideal in this context as the toolset supports all phases from sketch, specification, design, development and test in a flexible manner. Business analysts, designers, developers and testers are able to work closely together using the same toolset.