Silverlight 1.0 for Total Novices [Updated]

 I received two emails today asking that I repost my recommendations on how to get started with Silverlight 1.0. Here you go….

The best way to get started is to go to the Silverlight site  and click on Get Starged


From there you can click on Get Started to download the files you need. My advice would be to:

  • Skip the  Watch the Getting Started Video
  • Download the Silverlight 1.0 runtime(s)
  • Download the Developer tools
  • VS 2008
  • Silverlight 1.1 Tools For VS 2008 (yes 1.1, even though you'll be building 1.0)
  • ASP.NET Futures
  • Download the designer tools
    • Blend 2
    • Encoder
    • Design (optional)
  • Download the 1.0 SDK(s)
  • For now, you really only need Silverlight 1.0 and can safely skip the 1.1 files, except that you will want Silverlight 1.1 Tools For VS 2008 because it includes what you need to write Silverlight 1.0 applications in Visual Studio 2008 as explained here.

    After downloading your files and installing them, return to and click on  Learn. (as shown in the image above). Then click on the 1.0 Videos.

    Start with the following videos: #1, #3, #57, #24, #49, #30, #34, #36 in that order.  [ Update: Oops – they renumbered!!   I'll get you the new numbers as soon as the site numbering settles down, or else I'll get you links. For now, please look for introductory videos and ignore the numbers ]

    Then explore other videos, or click on QuickStarts for another perspective on getting going.

    Finally, as you explore further, and questions arise, please be sure to join our Forums where, to date, over 11,000 members have contributed to nearly 20,000 topics (don't panic, it is very well organized!)

    Best of luck, and please do let me know if I can be of further help,

    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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