My friend and colleague Dave Bost is going to debut his new Silverlight Application at SilverlightDevCampChicago in a couple hours. He snuck it out on his blog a few minutes ago, so I thought I would go ahead and Blog about it. 🙂 I ranted and raved about Twitter having one too many features in the platform, but I still think it is a very cool platform for Social Networking.

A couple of things are interesting about the SilverTwitter application that Dave built:

  • It is a Silverlight 1.0 application, so he is demonstrating that you can do some interesting things with the JavaScript version of Silverlight (you don’t have to wait for the .NET CLR platform).

  • He is grabbing the XML feed from Twitter directly from the client via JavaScript. The Silverlight runtime is currently limited to going back to the same web server to invoke services, but there are ways around that limitation.

  • It is a great example of using Rich Internet Applications to create badges or widgets for web pages (more on RIA Patterns soon).

  • He built the entire application on a Saturday afternoon (I was sitting next to him while he built it).

Check out Dave’s blog for more information. I think we might be able to talk him into releasing the source code for all of us to create our own variations on SilverTwitter.