Excerpt from “Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit Video Script”

October 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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What is the Starter Kit?

Syndicated Client applications are sophisticated .Net applications that are web deployed, occasionally connected, and fully exploitive of the desktop, providing the optimal user experience for your content.  Starter Kit is a simple way to create a rich, syndicated content experience which engages the user with a diverse set of media, from documents and photos to video and podcasts

.Net 3.0 and WPF made it possible to build rich, smart client applications that utilized some of the best features of the web application model (URL deployment, for example) while fully exploiting the power and resources of the Windows desktop.  SQL Server Compact Edition enabled those desktop applications to be built and deployed with an in-process database to cache data locally and seamlessly work on or offline.  Now, the Syndicated Client Starter Kit – which is built with Microsoft’s new Sync Framework – further simplifies the development of these applications and facilitates the creation of new types of rich, optimal content experiences for the desktop: applications where content and design are afforded premium treatment and usability is a key consideration.

These Syndicated Client applications exploit the push capabilities of RSS in a model where each application retains full control over the presentation of the content. The Sync Framework and sync service take care of sync, caching, subscription management and the safe caching of authentication credentials.  These services are designed help publishers focus on what matters to them most: providing differentiated content experiences with very rich content, branding, skinning and custom user interface elements for an optimal end-to-end user experience.  With the Sync Framework doing the heavy lifting for sync and caching, each SC app can be relatively small in size – around 1-2 mb typically.

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