Silverlight – What do you need?

With the announcement at Mix their has been a lot of downloads made available and if you haven’t been following it might be a little bit confusing so this is the rundown on what you need to use and develop for Silverlight.

The main thing to remember is there are two versions now.  One is Silverlight 1.0 Beta 1 which was previously WPF/E.  This is the runtime for Mac and Windows and uses javascript behind the scene as its programming model and has a Go-Live license, so you can use it in production today.  The second release is Silverlight 1.1 Alpha. This version allows applications to be created using .Net, again available for Mac and Windows.  A feature matrix can be found here – http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/overview.aspx

Runtimes download

Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Beta – for Mac or for Windows

Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha – for Mac or for Windows

That will get you up and running, with the ability to view Silverlight powered sites.

But lets focus on the developer tools.

Silverlight is designed to work with Orcas, as shown during the keynote. If you already have Beta 1 VPC, you will need to download the addon – Microsoft Silverlight Tools Alpha for Visual Studio codename Orcas Beta 1 (VS_SilverlightTools_Alpha_Setup.exe).  This will install the templates and other goodies – note, you need 1.1 Alpha installed.

For the designer, Expression Blend 2 May Preview was announced! Allowing you to create Silverlight applications directly within Blend.  Note, Expression Studio is now shipping.  I expect this works with Orcas, but I haven’t had chance to try it yet.

So that’s not it,  there is also the SDK for each version of the runtime.

Silverlight1.0SDK.zip contains Quickstarts, Samples, Documentation and Beta tools for Visual Studio 2005 and some js files which look to be the runtime detection for use on your sites.  Samples looks to be the same as “WPF/E”, just updated.

Silverlight1.1SDK.zip contains Quickstarts, docs, JS, but includes some of the samples online with sourcecode and some UI controls to get you started.  Looks very interesting.

Finally there is Silverlight Streaming over @ http://silverlight.live.com.  This is great to encourage uptake of Silverlight.  4Gb free space and free bandwidth for all your videos.  Did I mention its free?  Well almost free – “Unlimited streaming will also be available for free with advertising, or with payment of a nominal fee for the service for use without advertising”

Hope this helps you find your way to getting started.

Wish I had submitted my Silverlight session for DDD5 now 🙁  Maybe NxtGenUG will allow me to do one…

In summary:

Runtimes (1.0 + 1.1)

Orcas + Addin

Blend 2

SDK (1.0 + 1.1)

More information @ http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/

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