This is a very exciting news item that I have been eager to share. After weeks of writing and rounds of editing, Telerik has just published a new O'Reilly Short Cut covering all the ins and outs of Silverlight 1.1 Alpha. This short 76 page book was written by yours truly along with a lot of help from the brains that make up the Telerik Silverlight Team. It is a great primer for anyone looking to get up to speed on Silverlight and the tools that are available to work with it. We've worked very hard to produce a resource that is easy to read and full of helpful information, and we've involved some of the brightest minds in Silverlight- Jesse Liberty and Adam Kinney- to make sure everything is accurate. The short cut is available as a downloadable PDF from O'Reilly's site for $9.99. To help celebrate its release, though, I'll be giving away two copies next week. To win, simply leave a comment on this post telling us the reason you're most looking forward to Silverlight 1.1. Will it enable you to build new types of applications? Is there something you've always wanted to do that Silverlight will finally enable? Tell us and win. Standard rules apply to the contest (only one post will be entered per person, blah, blah). All entries must be made by midnight (GMT +6) next Thursday (October 11) to be eligible in the drawing. Enjoy the new resource and good luck!