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Hey everyone!  So, I have decided to start a new series on Silverlight.  I am calling it Silverlight Shots.  Silverlight Shots will be small blog posts that discuss a simple aspect/feature/thought about developing in Silverlight.  The goal is to keep the post small enough that you can read it and learn something in less than 3 minutes.  I will be starting from the very basics and then move into more advanced topics.  So, in order to keep with this goal … I better start now …

To start off with this series … we need to ask ourselves this question … what is Silverlight?  Sweet … easy answer … as defined by my Microsoft on their Silverlight home page, … stating this …


What is Silverlight?

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform and cross-device browser plug-in that helps companies design, develop and deliver applications and experiences on the Web. A free download that installs in seconds, Silverlight enables a new class of rich, secure and scalable cross-platform experiences.


If you want some great examples of sites using Silverlight … check out their showcase …  Very impressive!

Final thoughts …

Silverlight, though it seems like it is Microsoft’s version of Flash, if far more than that.  Can it do all the things that Flash can?  Yes, well mostly.  In my opinion, one of the most intriguing aspects of Silverlight is this … if you are already a .NET/Web developer … you are pretty much ready to start developing and deploying Silverlight applications.  You don’t have to learn a new language, a new development environment or setup new servers.  You simply do what you are good at … and that is develop!

Coming next …

In my next blog post … I will discuss how to quickly get up and running with with the Silverlight development environment!

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