Have you tried out the new Silverlight 3 Navigation Application? Our plan with this as to make it much easier to folks to get started building a RIA application with Silverlight. You can find it in the File\New Project dialog.
The features it offers are:
1. An attractive, professional default theme
2. A clear application structure (MainPage, App.xaml, Views directory)
3. Error window for exceptions and bad navigations
4. Clear, easy to follow customization points.
If you want to understand more about it check out the first part of my Mix talk.
We pushed hard to get this into the beta in order to get your feedback on it. Traditional Microsoft has only shipped the “blank” project template so this is a bit of change for us. Do you find it useful? Have you started an application with it yet? What role do you see it playing in your development? Will you be able to use it with few customizations or do you expect to primarily use the blank template? What sorts of things would you like to see us add?
Corrina Black, the lead designer for Silverlight, has posted a bit about her talk at Mix and included a couple of new looks for the template. To use them you simple copy the App.Xaml for them into your project, change the x:Class to match your project name and hit F5. I’d love to see what sort of cool customizations you can do! If you send me links to your work I will blog as many as I can.
Frosted Cinnamon Toast (get the App.xaml)
Lime Shocker (get the app.xaml)