Trouble installing Silverlight Tools

The reported issues with installation of Silverlight Tools has been relatively low.  But, there have been a handful of issues reported on the Silverlight.net forums, mostly involving Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 (which is required before installing Silverlight Tools).  Some users have had trouble with the installation of SP1.  For those people, I…

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Check This Box

You’ve seen the checkbox on nearly all products from Microsoft.  “I would like to improve the installation experience by sending anonymous feedback.” “I want to help make Microsoft software and services even better.”  Checking the box is for opting-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Program. A lot of people skip this step.  Maybe they didn’t notice the…

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Installing Silverlight Tools RC0 Without English Visual Studio

The release candidate for Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio is currently available for the English version of Visual Studio only.  Users of non-English Visual Studio can still use this Silverlight Tools release candidate if they install the English version of Visual Web Developer Express with SP1 which is a FREE download. http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/ Note, that installing…

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Silverlight Tools Release Candidate Now Available!

The first release candidate of Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is now available for download.  This package is an add-in for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 with SP1.  The Silverlight Tools installer includes the following: Silverlight Tools RC0 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Silverlight Tools RC0 for Visual…

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Silverlight Help in Visual Studio

The Silverlight SDK comes with a large collection of help documents to help you get started writing Silverlight applications.  These help documents are available online at MSDN. However, for those times you are doing development offline – maybe on a plane, maybe in a location without wifi – if you have the SDK installed, you…

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Problems Creating a New Silverlight Project after Tools Installation

SYMPTONSWhen creating a new Silverlight project or opening an existing Silverlight project, you receive an error message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object  or Package Load Failure CAUSEVisual Studio failed to load the dlls required by Silverlight Tools. RESOLUTIONTo resolve this issue, from a command prompt, run “devenv /resetskippkgs”(i.e. “Folder Path\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe”…

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Silverlight Tools Must be Updated After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Today, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 was released.  This service pack includes support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework, improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger support for the .NET Framework public symbols and source release, control improvements such as the DataRepeater for Windows…

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Blackjack, Silverlight 1.0 Edition, Part I

One of my favorite HDi apps was blackjack, so I have been just itching to turn it into a Silverlight application.  Now, this one wasn’t quite so easy.  My goal in writing blackjack for HDi originally was to take advantage of the timing element and remove as many references to style as possible from the…

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Sliding Puzzle, Silverlight 1.0 Edition

If you’re an HDi developer who spends anytime reading this blog or the MSDN forum, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve mentioned Silverlight more than a couple of times recently.  Silverlight is, of course, Microsoft’s platform for delivering rich interactive applications and media experiences for the web.  The final presentation to the user is somewhat similar…

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A Year

Today is my one-year anniversary at Microsoft.  There have been a lot of changes for me in the last year and I’ve learned a lot.  So I thought I would be reflective and share some my experiences, observations, and thoughts of the past year here. Okay, it’s true, there are a lot of guys here…

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