Silverlight 1, Silverlight 1.1, Alpha, Beta, Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1, 2, RC, Oh My!!

In coming weeks and months, we will release a number of different, related and interdependent products that affect overlapping sets of developers. Among these are:

  • Visual Studio 2008 (ORCAS)
  • Silverlight (1.0 is promised for this summer and 1.1 is in alpha)
  • .NET 3.5 (which includes WPF which is closely related to Silverlight in important ways)

Keeping it all straight, especially as we go through release cycles will be very difiicult and there is a real risk that developers coming to this site will be confused as to which version of, for example, Visual Studio, they want to use with which version of (for example) Silverlight.

In coming days I will try to put together (and then keep up to date) a white paper on what you need to get started with the latest releases of Silverlight (1.0 and 1.1) but for now, the easiest way to go about working with the videos, starter kits, etc. is this:

(a) When you are working with Silverlight 1.0, work in Visual Studio 2005

(b) When you are working with Silverlight 1.1, work in Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas)

This is not required, but it will optimize your experience and give you the best tools to work with.

NB: as noted previously there are brekaing changes in the latest releases of 1.0 and 1.1 that are not yet reflected in everything up on this site. I’m working hard and fast to fix that and I do appreciate your patience.  We should have it all ship shape very soon.

Thanks again.

Jesse Liberty
Silverlight Geek

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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