Silverlight 2 Released
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by Scott Guthrie
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Learning Silverlight 2

The best way to learn Silverlight 2 is to visit the web-site.  You can find free online tutorials, videos and training available there.  The site also hosts an online forum system where MVPs and Microsoft Silverlight team members will be able to help answer technical questions.  Also make sure to subscribe to the Silverlight Community RSS Feed, Jesse Liberty's Blog, and Tim Heuer's Blog for a daily dose of great Silverlight content.

I've recently updated my Digg-client tutorial for the final Silverlight 2 release.  This provides an end to end walkthrough of a Silverlight 2 application, and helps explain the different programming concepts behind it (controls, layout management, networking, data-binding, styles, user controls, control templates, etc).  If you are brand new to Silverlight or WPF development I recommend walking through it to understand the basics:

Part 0: Introduction

Part 1: Creating "Hello World" with Silverlight 2 and VS 2008

Part 2: Using Layout Management

Part 3: Using Networking to Retrieve Data and Populate a DataGrid

Part 4: Using Style Elements to Better Encapsulate Look and Feel

Part 5: Using the ListBox and DataBinding to Display List Data

Part 6: Using User Controls to Implement Master/Details Scenarios

Part 7: Using Templates to Customize Control Look and Feel

Part 8: Creating a Digg Desktop Version of our Application using WPF

You can develop Silverlight 2 applications using any version of Visual Studio 2008.  Simply install the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 download to get Silverlight tooling support within it.

If you do not have VS 2008, you can alternatively install the free Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1 Edition.  This free tool provides great ASP.NET development tool support, and starting today also now supports Silverlight 2 development.  You can follow all of the steps in my tutorial above using the Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition - and get full intellisense, debugging, and deployment support.

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