Silverlight development resources

General Development

Directory of resources to help developers get started using Silverlight technology on websites.


Date : 2008-03-18
I was getting curious about Silverlight as version 2 beta came out so I downloaded the VS2008 demo and installed the Silverlight templates. While it is not a perfect technology by any means it is a lot of fun and has a great amount of potential. Below is a list of resources I've found to get any developer started working with Silverlight.

Dev Environment
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts2008/products/cc268310.aspx VS2008 90 day demo
http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/ Silverlight downloads can all be found from here
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/ Expression Studio for help working with XAML files

Code Resources
http://www.silverlight.net/Quickstarts/BuildUi/CustomControl.aspx - Building Custom Controls
There hasn't been a lot available on this. I've found a few good sources of code but when I went back to find them was not able. Please let me know if you find some good coding resources. All the print books I found on the subject were horrible for various reasons. If we can't find anything solid on this maybe we'll have to make our own.

Controls
http://community.netikatech.com/demos/ - Nice set of Silverlight Controls

Notes/Observations

Silverlight 1.x seemed like you could do it all yourself. You didn't need Visual Studio for anything. With Silverlight 2beta, though, I can't find a way to develop Silverlight content without Visual Studio. If you see an IDE for Silverlight 2beta let me know, I would like to see that. The only method that I can see putting the control back in the text editors hands is that you can create Silverlight Elements programatically from Javascript. With this method you could build a basic page and then add and manage all of your elements from Javascript. Could be fun, but I don't see that being the most efficient use of the Silverlight technology.

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