Sunday, June 1, 2008

Silverlight Zero to Hero

From: Desert Code Camp 2008
Speaker: Simon Allardice (from Interface Technical Training)

This is the first time that I've seen Simon speak and it was very good and very entertaining. He's Scottish with a good sense of humor and reminded me a bit of Billy Connolly. Very good at delivering his content at keeping the audience captive.

He made references to Florence Nightingale and Henri Matisse at the beginning of his talk which he said he was going to talk about and I thought that was a joke (I'm sure everyone else did as well) however he brought them back in later on and used them as analogies.


Silverlight 2.0 is almost chalk and cheese when compared to Silverlight 1.0.

Silverlight 2.0 is not just for media (video, audio, graphics) - although 1.0 was primarily that. Version 2.0 has C# and plenty of controls and is very powerful.

Use grids for tabular data (replaces <tables>) but if you can get your data over in another way (charts for example) use them.

Isolated storage can be expanded with the permission of the user so you're not stuck with the small initial limit if you need more local disk space.

Expression Blend is the tool of choice for designing and Visual Studio 2008 for programming.

Dan Wahlin has a blog based on Scott Guthrie's original posts about Silverlight.

Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think is a common sense approach to web usability.


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