Silverlight 2 beta 1 is out and available for download. It certainly is an amazing option for developing smart and rich internet applications (RIA). To me the best part is support for .net programming in a corss-browser / cross-platform environment. It truly makes the WPF-everywhere mantra come to live.
For more details please check out Scott Gu’s blog here http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/02/22/first-look-at-silverlight-2.aspx
The next version of Visual Studio, Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008, will provide an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and the Web. In addition, it will continue in the Microsoft tradition of development language innovation. To enable early feedback, this page provides links to prerelease versions of Visual Studio 2008, and for technologies that we plan to include in it. As previews of additional technologies become available, we will make them available from this page.
Sounds good! right?
So dont wait for the next christmas and download it now!
Files & Disc Images for Self-installation
If you prefer to install the software yourself, you can download separate disc images for the following products:
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Express Editions
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Standard Edition
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Professional Edition
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Foundation Server
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Test Load Agent
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2
If you prefer to use VPC (just like I do) then you can download VPC from following links!
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite VPC
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite & Team Foundation Server VPC
A nice article on getting started with silverlight.
Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live offers a free streaming and application hosting solution for delivering high-quality, cross-platform, cross-browser, media-enabled rich interactive applications (RIAs). With the ability to author content in Microsoft Expression Media Encoder and other third-party editing environments, Web designers maintain complete control of the user experience.
Get it free here.
I spent many hours today fixing a Silverlight deployment. So I thought i should blog about my experience. So here it goes, the most important thing about deploying your Silverlight application on IIS is configuring IIS for MIME types. So if you havent done that yet your should probably read this.
Second important thing that I figured out was about multimedia content. If you have hosted your content on your IIS then you should make sure that the paths are correct. I read a few posts about people not being able to access their applications from other than the hosting machine itself. Just make sure that all the URI requests will come from the client itself so URIs will have to be constructed in a propper way. That means if your application is available on public internet/extranet then ensure that URIs have the IPs that are consistent with internaet/extranet address schemes. e.g. for an internet application you will have to make sure that URIs have public IPs instead of local IP addresses.
I hope to do more work with Silverlight!
I was trying to setup my Virtual PC for a sliverlight application demo. But after installing all the runtimes and SDKs and all. I figured out that i cant run it on March CTP release of Orcas .
So i will proceed with downloading Orcas Beta 1.
Microsoft is coming up with ServeLight product to target Adobe’s Flash which is said to be installed 98% of personal computers. I believe it will be an interesting technology. If Microsoft can combine vector graphics of flash with the powerful .Net framwork then it should be a really valuable offering to the web development community.
Silverlight(formerly known as code name “WPF/E”) is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. Silverlight integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight media capabilities include fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality audio and video to all major browsers including Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer running on the Mac or on Windows. By using Expression Studio and Visual Studio, designers and developers can collaborate more effectively using the skills they have today to light up the Web of tomorrow.
For more details click here