Why I Don't Like Silverlight (and Flex)

It’s this guy. Whenever I go to some “new supercool, rich web thing” I am immediately greeted with this guy.

We spend all this effort to tune web sites, to make them faster, to get those page load times down down down, why do we do that? Because that’s the optimum web experience – your click is my command! So every time I get dumped into one of these Silverlight/Flex things, and the loading bar is creeping along, my visceral response, usually around 68% is, “man, this is taking way too long, I’m going to go do something else”.

It’s not fair, but it’s true.