10 Things You Should Know About Microsoft's Silverlight

Software developers are busy kicking the tires on Silverlight, Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash. This summary of not-necessarily-technical information will help IT managers identify what's important about the new technology.

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Silverlight's runtime is about 4.5MB at this point. The .NET 3.0 runtime (the first to support WPF) weighs in at closer to 30MB. Surely not all of .NET 3.0 is WPF, but a large portion of it is. Starting with the smaller Silverlight XAML is a key to learning XAML quickly. You can't get bogged down in the minutiae of advanced WPF XAML concepts, such as templates, theming, data binding and 3-D.

Now is the time to determine where to use Silverlight in your own Web strategy. Silverlight is an exciting technology that should benefit companies, customers and users. I hope this article has helped you dig deeper than the marketing materials and understand the real benefits and limitations of the technology.

Shawn Wildermuth is a Microsoft MVP (C#), MCSD.NET, MCT. He is the founder of Wildermuth Consulting Services, delivering architecture, mentoring and software solutions in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Shawn has enjoyed building data-driven software for more than 20 years. He is also a speaker on the INETA Speakers Bureau. Currently, Shawn is currently taking his Silverlight Workshop around the country, teaching people how to use Silverlight in their own projects. Shawn is the author of several books including Pragmatic ADO.NET (Addison-Wesley); he is also co-author of four Microsoft Certification Training Kits for Microsoft Press, as well as the upcoming Prescriptive Data Architectures.

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