Back in June I posted a blog entry on how to get started with Silverlight; it seems it is time to update that as the world changes very quickly and we have many new resources. Each of us has our own way of learning, but here is my suggested path through the information, mixing tutorials and videos with a healthy dose of hands on!
Step One – Get Only What You Need At First
First, go to the Get Started page, but don’t download everything in site. There’s always time to come back; start by getting just the links shown here:
You’ll want to be sure that you have installed the Silverlight tools for Visual Studio properly, and I would go ahead and install Expression Blend as well.
If you have little .NET experience and no WPF or Silverlight experience, then you may want to pause here and get some basic background. In that case, I suggest (a) Taking a look at some showcase applications to see what Silverlight can do, and then perhaps read through this old, but still useful overview of Silverlight
If you are already a .NET programmer, read (or download) the first Tutorial: Silverlight Controls and be sure to work your way through the programming (source code is available in both C# and VB.NET and the tutorial itself will be in both languages very soon.
Then be sure to watch the following videos on the fundamentals (click on the image to go to the video)
Careful! You’ll want to watch #33 Templates without VSM before you watch #32 Templates and VSM.
Videos and Tutorials
The User Controls tutorial matches up with the Keyboard and the User Control video.
Tutorial 5, Expression Blend for Developers is a solid foundation for the second half of the videos shown that use Blend (starting with Introducing Blend to Silverlight Developers and Intensive Silverlight Programming and Expression Blend)
The Styles and Templates tutorial is a very good match with the two videos on Templates
We have three tutorials on Data:
- Accessing Data From SQL
and these match up well with the many videos on databinding and data manipulation.
Once you’ve worked your way this far, you’ll be all set to explore on your own as you’ll have all the fundamentals under your belt and a bit more.
Enjoy! And don’t forget, the forums are a great place to get your questions answered quickly.