Friday, October 05, 2007

Silverlight 1.1 Short Cut published, win a copy

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!

10 comments:

David said...

I think I'm looking most forward to LINQ and the type safe stuff in 1.1 over 1.0.

Asit said...

I am looking forward to Data Binding. I can incorporate it in my site - www.JustThinkArt.com

I am already using (heavily) radControls and "prometheus". This will be a big plus.

schmosef said...

Silverlight is to date the best approach to overcoming the technical hurdles in developing web based applications (especially non trivial enterprise class applications) with the same UX taken for granted in windows forms applications.

Aside from all the obvious benefits of having the .Net CLR in 1.1 (to enable enterprise app dev) I'm most looking forward to the new project life cycle workflows that Silverlight and the Expression tools make possible:

-Content development is streamlined because art and media assets can now be immediately leveraged without the intermediary steps required when using Adobe tools.

-The development phase is improved because programmers can focus more energy on creating compelling user experiences and worry less about platform compatibility.

-The QA phase is significantly improved because browser specific problems (requiring custom CSS and HTML hacks) will no longer be an issue.

Bottom line for me, the sooner I can stop "describing a form" in HTML and just "design it" in XAML, the better.

Joshua said...

I am looking forward to using Silverlight on my site:

http://www.filehurricane.com

This is a perfect place to use it!

R. Ros said...

We're looking forward to Silverlight 1.1, especially it's crossbrowser support. Which allows us to host more advanced and more intuitive browser applets for a broader audiance. Using a technology (.NET) which fits perfectly within our current range of solutions for both bussines and consumer use.

Andre said...

I am looking fro better database integration (databing). Silverlight is a better approach to create web interfaces than other existing solutions (like F...).

Clayton Powell said...

Finally, a compiled, type-safe, cross browser, sand-boxed, language for the browser. I can't wait.
Clayton Powell

martin said...

Unfortunately I can not write about why I'm looking forward to silverlight version 1.1 - because so far I haven't used or looked into silverlight at all.

I guess this book might be a good introduction to decide if/how silverlight might help us improve our web applications. That's why I hope to win one of them :-)

Dirk said...

I imagine I will finally be able to make 3D-ish web interfaces and show them to my kids and they'll say 'wow! that's cool' :-)

Giannantonio said...

I am waiting for Silverlight 1.1 in order to become... a Telerik customer!