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Is jQuery still needed with Silverlight?

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I am new to both technologies and see the need for jQuery with ASP.NET. But with XAML, are the controls more rich, and does that make jQuery no longer needed?

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jQuery is a javascript library.  the javascript is executed by your browser to render ui on the screen   Today's web page use javascript, css and html plus plugins like flash and silverlight.

Silverlight can be used to build great applications, fully functional with rich ui and great offline capabilities.  The biggest weakness of Silverlight is that it isn't as widely supported as the html/css/javascript solutions or deploye.  This is particularly true in the non-windows platforms and in the mobile space.

So is jQuery still needed with Silverlight - my opinion - yes unless you completely control where it will be used, such as internal applications
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Silverlight is Microsoft's version of Flash, not a replacement for javascript/jQuery.  Silverlight is no more replacing jQuery than Flash is.
Both toolsets (flash/silverlight and jquery) have their place in web development.  While flash/silverlight can often times produce a much more beautiful and eye candied website, every website doesn't call for that.  Javascript is still a huge tool on the web, and jQuery makes writing javascript much more easy.  Take a look at web development jobs on www.dice.com. You'll find way more microsoft web development jobs seeking jQuery experience, vs jobs seeking silverlight experience.
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