Silverlight Tips, Tricks, Tutorials and Links Page

I'll be using this page to link to Silverlight 2 articles and posts (both ones I write as well ones by others).  Check back often for updates as I'm just getting started.

Getting Started Tutorials

  • Silverlight 2 End to End Tutorial: Digg Sample: I recommend reading this post first if you are looking to get started with Silverlight 2 development for the first time.  It not only describes the high-level of what Silverlight 2 provides, but also links to a series of 8 blog posts that walkthrough building a Digg client sample application.  These tutorial posts provide a good introduction to Silverlight 2 and WPF development concepts. 

  • First Look at Using Expression Blend with Silverlight 2: I recommend downloading the Expression Blend 2.5 March preview and following along with this tutorial post.  I think it does a good job of showing off some of the common features of Expression Blend, and uses it to build an IM chat client sample.

  • Jesse Liberty Silverlight Tutorials: Jesse Liberty is writing an in-depth series of articles that cover Silverlight programming concepts in more depth.  Bookmark this page and check back frequently to read them as they get published (he also has PDF versions of each article that you can download and read offline).

Getting Started Presentations

  • My Getting Started with Silverlight Talk: You can download the slides + samples from my "Getting Started with Silverlight 2" talk that I recently gave in Arizona.  Feel free to re-use the slides however you want for your own presentations.

Documentation Links

Tutorials and Samples

  • Using Deep Zoom with Silverlight 2: Jacek Ciereszko has a nice blog post that describes how to use the "Deep Zoom" feature of Silverlight 2 to implement image zoom functionality like with the Hard Rock sample.


User Controls

ListBox and ScrollViewer


  • Using Silverlight 2's DataGrid with WCF + LINQ to SQL: This 15 minute video blog demonstrates how to build a LINQ to SQL object model on the server and publish it using WCF.  It then demonstrates how to build a Silverlight client that uses the new Silverlight DataGrid control, and which calls the WCF service to retrieve the LINQ to SQL data to populate it with.

  • Simple Editing of Web Service Data in a DataGrid: Mike Taulty has a nice blog post that shows how to create a WCF service on the server, and then use it from a Silverlight 2 client to retrieve data, bind it to a DataGrid, allow users to update rows, add/delete rows, and then save it back to the server using Silverlight 2 Beta1.

  • Sorting with Silverlight 2's DataGrid Control: The DataGrid control in Silverlight 2 Beta1 doesn't yet have built-in column sorting support (it is coming in Beta2).  That hasn't stopped Matt Berseth though!  In this post he shows how to implement sorting using a custom header column approach.  Also check out Matt's post here, which provides a DataGrid test page that shows off a number of the current DataGrid features.

Control Templates

Web Services and Networking

  • Web Services and Silverlight: This helpful post discusses how to use web-services with Silverlight and links to relevant quickstart samples and documentation.

HTML Integration

  • Silverlight Interop with HTML: Wilco Bauwer has a great post on the HTML and JavaScript integration features enabled by Silverlight 2 (he should know all about them - since he was the developer who built them!).

Unit Testing

  • Unit Testing with Silverlight 2: This post of mine talks about how to unit-test Silverlight 2 applications using the unit test framework in the Silverlight SDK.

Video Scenarios

Accessibility and 508 Compliance

  • Accessibility in Silverlight 2: Mark Rideout from the Silverlight team talks about accessibility support with Silverlight 2, and talks about how you'll be able to build section 508 and accessible solutions using Silverlight.

Hope this helps,



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