Getting Started With Silverlight: A Path Through The Learning Material

I often receive email saying, more or less, “I am starting Silverlight, can you tell me what to read first.”

We are working hard on creating a path through all the material for Getting Started. For now, I’d recommend the following:

1. Go to the GetStarted page and download the components you need

2. Work your way through #1-5 in the “Start Learning Silverlight” section on that same page

3. Take a look at my Key Topic on Starting Silverlight (see the sidebar on the right)

4. Take a look at the Silverlight How-Do-I videos, picking subjects that seem interesting to you.

5. Join the forums, especially the Getting Started forum. They are the very best place to get fast answers. See my Note On Posting Questions On Forums.

A Note About The Videos: we are in the process of checking all our learning material to make sure it is current and accurate. When using an older video, be cautious about changes that may have been introduced in later versions of Silverlight. If you find problems with a video, please do send me email

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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10 Responses to Getting Started With Silverlight: A Path Through The Learning Material

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  2. negative creep says:

    and one more thing I’m not watching any videos, Im sorry I need to read it, I hate video tutorials for some reason. THANKS!

    @negative creep

  3. negative creep says:

    trying to learn silverlight I think the biggest help would be a step by step tutorial of Here is your database now we will show you how to connect your database to silverlight, just like that, I have data in my database and I would like to access this data in my silverlight app, and coming at it from the graphic designer angle so I will admit Im not the sharpest crayon in the box, so I need it to be really simple explained for me. I dont think its asking too much. I have data, and I want to use it in silverlight. I dare you to make me understand this. GO!

  4. Sam says:

    Also, the quickstarts were just expanded and improved. They have embedded running samples and go over the major SL features/scenarios in a recommended order for those new to SL:

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  6. Siddhartha says:

    @Jeffrey Langdon
    I totally agree with you on the learning curve, at time it feels like I am overwhelmed with so much of new concepts and all. But I still love knowing all that is coming in our way through .Net from Microsoft. Very interesting indeed.

    Best regards,

  7. I am working for a company that wants to convert a smart client application to a Silverlight out-of-browser application. A couple months back I was given the go ahead to research and decide on the best path for developing a Silverlight application using a RESTful service.

    Although my knowledge has improved greatly on the subjects of Silverlight, WPF, MVVM, WCF Data Services, and the Entity Framework I am surprised (somewhat disappointed) how much of a learning curve there is when moving from the Win/Web .Net Framework world to Silverlight.

    Back in 2001, my boss at the time, jumped on the .Net bandwagon and I have been developing .Net apps ever since. There was a complete programming paradigm 10 years ago with .Net and I feel the same shift with WPF/Silverlight.

    I am not complaining, I find it very interesting, but moving to Silverlight is far from trivial.

    Thanks for the post Jesse.


  8. Adrian says:

    Infact Jesse all the links are down….


  9. Adrian says:

    The “Getting Started With Silverlight” Link is broken…..

    Best Regards


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