Getting Started with Silverlight.

There’s a ton of stuff out there that just makes my head go crazy. If you want to get started, here’s the quick run down of problems I ran into and what I did to get things up and running.

Version Clarification

Type Name Description
FREE Silverlight 1.0 Initial release.
FREE Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh Upcoming Release (final version will be named 2.0).
Trial Microsoft Expression Blend Supports Visual Studio 2005. (Project files only)
“Preview” Microsoft Expression Blend 2
(December Preview)
Supports Visual Studio 2008. (Solution and Project files!)
FREE Silverlight 1.1 tools for VS2008 Support of Silverlight 1.1 in Visual Studio 2008.

*Pretend Blend v1 and Silverlight 1.0 never existed. Get all the lastest stuff, believe me. You’ll be MUCH happier.

I’m getting started with the Creating a Clock with Silverlight tutorial. I’m running Silverlight 1.1 Alpha, Visual Studio 2008 (with Resharper 3.0), Expression Blend 2 December Preview, and the Silverlight Tools Alpha for VS2008 all on a Vista Business Edition machine.


Update: This is a Silverlight example, but the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 has not been released yet (along with the tools for VS2008) that makes me sad, =(. Still, it is an awesome tutorial to create a Digg client application from Scott Guthrie.

The entire application is implemented in about 35 lines of C# code and 75 lines of XAML page/user-control markup” -ScottGu <– WOW.

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