Silverlight 2 is out!
Bam. Silverlight 2 is out. There's the expected stuff, like the final SDK, Expression, and Silverlight tools:
- Microsoft Silverlight 2 SDK
- Expression Blend 2 SP1
- Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
- Deep Zoom Composer
And from Tim's blog:
And from ScottGu's blog, the Epic GuPost. But there's also http://www.eclipse4sl.org/. Yes, that means you can code Silverlight in Eclipse. Details and progress at the Eclipse Tools for Silverlight Blog. It'll be licensed under the EPL 1.0 License.
Love the free tools. You can also code Silverlight with the free Visual Web Developer Express, so you don't need to pay for a working development environment to try out Silverlight.
There's a bunch of new stuff in this, the Release of Silverlight 2. Check out Tim Heuer's blog for lots of good details on Controls, ADO.NET Data Services, Text Rendering improvements, and more. Also, there are (and will be more) videos, screencasts, samples and demos at my team's site at http://www.silverlight.net, so check it out.
Also, be watching the Silverlight Dynamic Languages SDK and CodePlex Site as I hope they'll update their stuff to the release of Silverlight very soon. It's fun to write IronRuby and have it running in a browser.
The Dynamic Languages SDK contains support for writing Ruby, Python, and JScript applications in the browser. However, since this project provides a bridge between Silverlight™ and the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), any language running on the DLR will be enabled to build Silverlight applications.
Also, if you're going to be at PDC, please come to my talk and see what Grant Archibald and I have been working on.
Microsoft .NET Framework: Overview and Applications for Babies
Join Scott Hanselman for this lots-of-code-minimal slides talk that walks through the sheer joy of building out a .NET Framework application with Visual Studio using many of the new advances in the .NET Framework 3.5SP1 and 4.0. We have a data layer with Entity Framework, use REST web services with WCF and ADO.NET Data Services, write an ASP.NET site for reporting using Dynamic Data and MVC. All the data will come from a WPF client application and a Silverlight application that the audience will run live! All this, plus it's an application that babies and toddlers will love!