Monday, March 10, 2008

Silverlight 2

I recently attended Mix '08, Microsoft's conference for discussing new web technologies. The buzz was definately around Silverlight 2, the latest release of Microsoft's answer to Adobe Flash. Silverlight 2 Beta 1 is now available, and in my opinion, will become the norm for consumer-facing rich internet applications.

Silverlight 1.0, and subsequent 1.1, was released in 2007, and included support for mainly media-driven content sites. Version 2.0 introduces a wide variety of built-in controls and layout options that will bring the simplicity and familiarity of .NET Web Development to a rich client-side interface.

Here are a variety of resources I have assembled around Silverlight 2.0, from installation guides, to tutorials, examples, and sites.




  • Deep Zoom is a feature in Silverlight 2.0. Hard Rock's new memorabelia site showcases it. Scott Hansleman has a good post about this site and the technology in general.
  • Video featuring some of the previous and new Silverlight sites.
  • PhotoZoom is a great site featuring Deep Zoom. You can upload photos, and it will stitch them together into an album and you can Deep Zoom away.
  • A plethora of great examples are in the showcase at Microsoft's Silverlight site.

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