Wednesday, March 5, 2008

(Silver)light it up!!

Unless you've been living under a rock today (not that there's anything wrong with that), you heard that Microsoft has released Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1.  The big deal with this release is support for managed languages.  So you can now write your cool applets in C# instead of digging back through that Javascript book. Sweet!  This also makes it much easier to pull data from web services to be consumed by Silverlight applications.

But the real excitement is around the announcement that Nokia phones will soon support Silverlight applications!  Not only did the desktop browser world just get a little brighter, now the whole mobile world is Silver"lit"!  Support for Windows Mobile devices was announced a while back, but today's release doesn't include the mobile runtime.

To jump-start your design experience, be sure to check out the Expression Blend 2.5 Preview release also announced today.

If you haven't started learning Silverlight, you're already a dinosaur IMHO.  Get on it!  Here are your starting points:

I'd love a week with no other responsibility other than to digest Silverlight right now... 

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