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Microsoft Learning Snacks: Microsoft Silverlight

Posted by Rubel Khan on June 24, 2009

Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts. Each Snack is delivered by using innovative Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos. At the end of each free presentation, you can view more Snacks, learn more about the topic, or visit a related Web site.

Getting Started with Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 (14 minutes)
Microsoft Silverlight is the next-generation platform for accessing and delivering rich Internet applications. This Learning Snack highlights the features of the Silverlight plug-in, which delivers your media-rich Web applications to your end users. It introduces you to the Silverlight architecture and the tools with which you can easily design and develop your Web applications. It also introduces XAML, the language for collaboration between designers and developers.

The Silverlight Development System (24 minutes)
Microsoft Expression Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio provide tools that designers and developers can use to create cost-effective Silverlight-based applications. This Learning Snack walks you through the tools’ features, and explains how the tools help designers create attractive user interfaces and add rich content. It also describes how developers can create compelling interactivity around such user interfaces and content to produce a rich Web experience.

Creating an Interactive Silverlight Experience (15 minutes)
The tools for creating Silverlight-based applications provide a platform for smooth collaboration between designers and developers. This Learning Snack describes how the Microsoft Expression Studio tools and Visual Studio help designers and developers collaborate while they retain creative freedom over their individual domains. It also illustrates how XAML and the collaborative features of the tools make it easy for designers and developers to share their work.

Enhancing the Experience with High-Definition Video (16 minutes)
Used in conjunction, Microsoft Expression Media and Visual Studio provide designers and developers with tools they can use to add high-definition video, live feeds, and webcasts to their applications. This Learning Snack describes how designers can use Expression Encoder to encode video in a highly compressed but lossless format that conforms with the widely accepted VC-1 video format. It also demonstrates how developers can include RSS and other live feeds or webcasts in their applications.

Flexible Development Environment (18 minutes)
Microsoft Silverlight incorporates important features of the Microsoft .NET Framework and uses XAML. This Learning Snack describes how the powerful and flexible Silverlight development environment facilitates the creation of cross-platform, networked applications. It explains how Silverlight uses the .NET Framework so that you can easily program for on-demand downloads, progressive downloads, and live feeds. It also describes how Silverlight supports a variety of file formats and easy file transfers.

Objects and Events in Silverlight 1.0 (16 minutes)
Silverlight objects are the building blocks of a Silverlight-based application. These objects are then manipulated by the use of input and non-input events. This Learning Snack identifies some of the important objects in Silverlight, such as the Canvas, Downloader, and InkPresenter objects. It explains how these objects can be manipulated by using appropriate input or non-input events. It also demonstrates how to script events.


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