My Commitment To Support Silverlight 2 Developers

Silverlight 2 is big. Very big. It's great, but it is very big,  with many cool features.

So we're preparing. And all that preparation means that there will be a lot of information,  and  many paths through that information.  My goal is to ensure that always has more than enough information to be the one-stop home for the community of Silverlight developers. 

As a step in that direction,  I'd like to tell you a little about my own plans for providing an integrated set of materials to make learning  Silverlight 2 easier. 

Silverlight The Plan

My plan, subject to  management intervention ("stop that and get back to sharpening pencils"), your feedback ("you call that a tutorial?"), or unexpected acts of the Gods ("oh look,  locusts")  is this:

The day we release Silverlight 2,  I will post a number of on-line tutorials  here on with links through my blog.  These  tutorials will be targeted at .NET developers,  but I will not assume the reader has experience in Silverlight or WPF .

Each tutorial will be filled with illustrations and working examples (that you can download separately), and each will run about 4,000 – 5,000 words (the equivalent of about 20 pages), or more as needed.

The goal is for the Silverlight 2 tutorials to  compliment rather than replace or repeat the Silverlight 2 documentation. The tutorials are targeted at working developers who prefer more explanation rather than less, but my assumption is a high level of professional expertise; these are not for hobbyists; and they are not fluff.

HowDoISL2  Along with these tutorials I will also post the first of my new How Do I video series on programming Silverlight 2. This new series will be a compliment to the tutorials; not repeating the material; but demonstrating concepts through developing examples in screen-capture videos, and adding a new level of post-production enhancement to increase their value.

After we release
, I'll personally commit to at least the following every month…

  • Two tutorials, each covering a Silverlight 2 topic in detail, starting with the most compelling topics 
  • 6 How Do I videos
  • A Deep Dive Webcast
  • 20 Tips of the Day
  • Numerous blog entries on Silverlight 2 news, events, and more

Also, Tim Heuer and I have committed to writing  Programming Silverlight, to be published by O'Reilly Media this year.

I certainly will not be the only person producing material on Silverlight 2 (far from it) but I hope to create a useful set of multi-media material, and to do so in a very predictable pattern that you will be able to rely on. 

In addition, I'll be taking the opportunity to go to events to present on Silverlight development; which will give me a chance to talk with and listen to the developer community directly.

In  the meantime, Scott Guthrie, our new Vice President (congratulations Scott!) , has released a sneak peek of Silverlight 2 that you don't want to miss, complete with his own 8-part tutorial !

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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