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Get Started with Silverlight Using Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 2 : Page 2

The Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in enables developers to host Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), which feature animation, vector graphics, and video playback. Find out how to get started with Silverlight, and get a feel for how this new type of development works.

Obtaining the Tools
To develop Silverlight applications, you'll need to obtain the following runtimes/tools:

To view Silverlight applications on your browser, download one or all of the following:

The ASP.NET Futures download contains new controls for ASP.NET that support Silverlight applications.

Developer Tools
The easiest way to get started with Silverlight development is to use Visual Studio 2008, currently available for download as Beta 2. You can download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 here.

Once you have downloaded and installed Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you also need to download the Microsoft Silverlight Tools Alpha Refresh for Visual Studio (July 2007), which is an add-on to Visual Studio 2008 for creating Silverlight applications. Installing it will add the following items to Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2:

  • Visual Basic and C# Project templates
  • IntelliSense and code generators for XAML
  • Debugging of Silverlight applications
  • Web reference support
  • Integration with Expression Blend
In addition, you can download one or more of the following professional tools to help design your Silverlight applications: Finally, you can download the following SDKs containing documentation and sample code:

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