MSDN Reader


I installed MSDN Reader app today. It’s an excellent app built on WPF Technology. You can install it from – http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/msdnreader/. The app gives the same time of experience as New York Reader and other news paper reader apps. Microsoft provides a starter kit for building this type of "Syndicated Client Experience" applications – http://windowsclient.net/wpf/starter-kits/sce.aspx. The Microsoft Architecture Journal Reader is also another app of same type.

Silverlight 2 Beta 1


I installed Silverlight 2 (Beta 1) today from the Silverlight.net site (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/resources/installationFiles.aspx?v=2.0). It was a very fast installation and took a minute probably. I had Silverlight 1.0 installed already, but it updated without a hitch.

Once installation was complete is displayed a successful dialog –

After Silverlight 2.0 was installed, I installed the Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E0BAE58E-9C0B-4090-A1DB-F134D9F095FD&displaylang=en). This was almost a 55 MB download. Since I was running this on Vista it displayed a UAC dialog. Once I proceed, the Silverlight tools installation wizard was displayed –

It took little more time than the Silverlight 2 beta 🙂

Finally it displayed the successful dialog –

Installing the Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 installs the Silverlight project templates in Visual Studio. So now the New Project dialog shows the Silverlight apps –

Here’ re some links on good resources on Silverlight –

http://silverlight.net/
ScottGu’s Blog – http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/02/22/first-look-at-silverlight-2.aspx
Tutorials – http://silverlight.net/learn/tutorials.aspx