Silverlight 2 is Now Available

At the stroke of midnight, Silverlight 2 reached the internet.  Here are links to Install Silverlight 2 runtime and to Install the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008, Expression Blend update for Silverlight 2, and Deep Zoom Composer

Students can develop for Silverlight 2 in the following FREE ways

  1. Install Visual Studio 2008 through DreamSpark

  2. Install the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008

  1. Install Expression Blend through DreamSpark

  2. Install the Expression Blend update for Silverlight 2

  1. Install  Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1 Edition.

Silverlight Control Pack

Silverlight is releasing with a control pack that provides an extensive set of drag and drop controls including TreeView, DockPanel, WrapPanel, ViewBox, Expander, NumericUpDown, AutoComplete and more. 

Eclipse Plug-in for Silverlight

Additionally, Microsoft is providing funding to a project called Soyatec which is an Eclipse plug-in for Silverlight development. 

Learning Silverlight 2

I’m going to punt to ScottGu on the learning section, he has listed some great getting started resources.  From his blog: 

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.

Scott has a Digg-client tutorial updated for the Silverlight 2 release.  It 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, walking through the basics is a great place to start.

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