Silverlight 3 enters the wild

 

Silverlight 3 was released yesterday a full day early.  You can now download Silverlight 3 RTW build windowslivewriter_silverlight3sisi3_12161_microsoft_silverlight_c_23.0.40624.0 (4.69MB) from the Microsoft Silverlight site.  Version 3 supports both Windows and Mac, with support for the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 6,7,8
  • Firefoex 2 & 3
  • Safari 3 & 4

I’ve found Silverlight an excellent tool for creating applications that require complex data visualization or a desktop like user experience.  Silverlight has also been a great platform for prototyping, since you can quickly create interactive screens.

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image   Many of the different toolkits, controls, and frameworks do not yet support Silverlight 3.   Whether you are building a new application or upgrading an existing one check with your vendor or project (opensource or otherwise) before starting.

 

I’ve been lucky so far and have not encountered any compatibility issues with my applications upgrade testing.  Given the large number of toolkits and controls it will take the community awhile to catch-up.

Below are a few links to get your started with Silverlight 3.

Silverlight.Net  

Microsoft’s production portal offering installations, help, tutorials, forums, and more.  If you are just getting started this should be your first stop.

     
Silverlight SDK   Silverlight 3’s SDK
     
Expression Blend 3   Expression Blend 3 + SketchFlow, helps you create Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications for the desktop and Microsoft Silverlight 3 applications for the web.
     
Microsoft Silverlight 3 Tools for VS 2008 SP1   Visual Studio 2008 Sp1 add-on for developing Silverlight 3 applications.
     
SilverlightShow   Excellent source for Silverlight news and articles
     
Jesse Liberty’s Blog   Jesse Liberty is a Silverlight evangelist, who frequently posts tutorials, links, and other helpful information.

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