PDC Day 2 – Silverlight 4

PDC Day 2 – Silverlight 4

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If Windows Azure was the big topic on day 1 of the PDC conference in LA. For me Silverlight 4 was certainly the big topic of day 2.

Scott Guthrie introduced Silverlight 4 during the keynote and showed some of the enhancements that are being introduced to the new version of the platform.

Get Microsoft Silverlight

Tim Heuer has done a great job blogging Silverlight 4 Beta – A complete guide to the new features this blog post includes all the tools you need to download to build on Silverlight 4 so I recommend you start there.

In addition to this a number of other resources have been made available as well during PDC:

Channel 9 Launched a  Silverlight 4 Training Course

The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes hands-on-labs, a video and a whitepaper designed to help you learn about the new features in Silverlight 4 focusing on three major areas: Enabling Business Application Development, Empowering Richer Experiences and Moving Beyond the Browser.

Also Channel 9 has published a video Rundown of Silverlight 4 Beta

Key Tweets from @follesoe:

I think today will go down in history as the date Silverlight goes mainstream for majority of .NET devs holding off. #pdc09 - 10:03 AM Nov 18th

Share assemblies without separate compile step between SL4 and .NET 4. Great for Silverlight 4 #TDD and #MVVM. #pdc09 - 9:48 AM Nov 18th

Another key area of interest for me is the enhancements in IIS Media streaming technology. During the keynote Scott (attempted) to preview a sneak peak of publishing smooth streaming video content from IIS to an iphone leveraging the HTML 5 <video/> tag.

If you have an iphone you can try for yourself by visiting http://iis.net/iphone there is more detail about the advancements in the IIS media services in Vishal Sood’s PDC session Building Live Media Viewing Experiences Using Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming and the Smooth Streaming Player SDK.

Also Karen Corby did a great job presenting an Overview of Silverlight 4 session at PDC (video).

There are lots of Silverlight related session available for download now. Some highlights include:

CL06
Networking and Web Services in Silverlight
Yavor Georgiev
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CL07
Mastering Microsoft .NET RIA Services
Dinesh Kulkarni
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CL35
Custom Behaviors for Advanced Microsoft Silverlight UI Effects
Peter Blois
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CL19
NEW: Building Line of Business Applications with Microsoft Silverlight 4
David Poll
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CL20
NEW: Improving and Extending the Sandbox with Microsoft Silverlight 4
Joe Stegman
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CL21
Building Amazing Business Applications with Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft .NET RIA Services
Brad Abrams
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CL24
XAML Futures in Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight and Tools
Michael Shim, Rob Relyea
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CL01
NEW TITLE: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Overview
Karen Corby
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CL30
Microsoft Expression Blend 3 for Developers: Tips, Tricks and Best Practices
DoRon Motter
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CL34
Media Foundation: Supporting Hardware Codecs and Cameras
Stan Pennington
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CL36
Deep Dive on Bing Maps Silverlight Control
Keith Kinnan
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Lots of content to consume and now that Silverlight is installed on around 45% of internet using computers around the world it is a great time to start considering using it for your next project.