Friday, March 7, 2008

Getting ready for Silverlight 2.0 - Part 1

The Silverlight 2 Beta 1 is here. It now includes support for mobile devices and is another step towards helping developers create Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Silverlight 2 includes a cross-platform, cross-browser version of the .NET Framework, and enables a rich .NET development platform that runs in the browser. Developers can write Silverlight applications using any .NET language now (including VB, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby) as opposed to having to learn JavaScript as with previous versions. WHat's more it does not require the .NET Framework to be installed on a computer in order to run. The Silverlight setup download includes everything necessary to enable all Silverlight features on a Mac OSX or Windows machine.

So let's get things started:
  1. Install the .NET Framework 3.5 (if you have VS2008 this is not necessary, you have it already) first before you install Expression Blend 2.5.
  2. Install Silverlight 2 Beta 1
  3. Install Expression Blend 2.5 March 2008 Preview (25 megabytes)

My next post will take you through creating you first project.

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