Some of you may have missed Scott Guthrie's First Look at Silverlight 2 - so I thought I would add it in here.

We are all very excited with the news around this major new release of Silverlight which will get its public beta release very shortly. Silverlight 2 includes a cross-platform, cross-browser version of the .NET Framework, and enables a rich .NET development platform that runs in the browser. Developers will now be able to write Silverlight applications using any .NET language (including VB, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby). 

I was speaking last night to Vicki and Michael from the Python Ireland - so I know there will be one group of people who looking at the IronPython support with interest. It will also be very interesting to hear what the ever-growing Ruby Ireland community thinks of the IronRuby support...

Scott's post has all the details about the upcoming release and also contains links to a set of really excellent tutorials for Silverlight 2 - check them out:

  • Part 1: Creating "Hello World" with Silverlight 2 and VS 2008
  • Part 2: Using Layout Management
  • Part 3: Using Networking to Retrieve Data and Populate a DataGrid
  • Part 4: Using Style Elements to Better Encapsulate Look and Feel
  • Part 5: Using the ListBox and DataBinding to Display List Data
  • Part 6: Using User Controls to Implement Master/Details Scenarios
  • Part 7: Using Templates to Customize Control Look and Feel
  • Part 8: Creating a Digg Desktop Version of our Application using WPF
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    Cross-posted from Clare's blog