CSLA Silverlight app accessibility on IPAD, etc - "Cloud Browse"

CSLA Silverlight app accessibility on IPAD, etc - "Cloud Browse"

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skagen00 posted on Friday, October 21, 2011

So I got an e-mail from my superior this morning - "Might be able to run [our sl app] on IPAD!"

I was extremely skeptical / the only conceivable route for this, with my understanding, is through features made available through CSLA 4.2 and potentially Xamarin.

Regardless, he went on to state that he had logged into our app and actually did some work before he lost connection and couldn't reconnect.  He says he sent an e-mail to ask about the disconnection as he couldn't log in again.

http://www.alwaysontechnologies.com/support/ is the site that serves up this application.

It's a novel idea (at least to me) and involves a remote hosted firefox browser session that is literally streamed to your mobile device.  It's a concept that totally gets around Silverlight being able to work in a mobile OS.

I asked him "performance must have been slow", and apparently he said performance was fine.

They only support Silverlight 2 at present though I don't understand what the barrier would be to using Silverlight 4 or 5 for that matter given the approach taken... you know what, I can't see how that would be correct (only supporting version 2) since we have a minimum version of 4 on our Silverlight plug in...

Regardless, it is anything but vetted as a solution for us, but given that many of us are using Silverlight with our CSLA apps I was wondering if anyone else had tinkered with this application as a means to distribute your app to mobile.

RockfordLhotka replied on Saturday, October 22, 2011

This sounds like what Amazon is doing with their Silk browser for the Fire. And there was a service that did this for WinMo 6.5 too, but I don't remember the name of it at the moment.

Of course another option is to use the new support for MonoTouch in version 4.2, which allows you to build a native iOS app using your CSLA classes.

skagen00 replied on Saturday, October 22, 2011

Absolutely - upgrading to 4.1 was a precursor for making 4.2 an easier step.  I look forward to helping vet 4.2.

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