Frustrations with Silverlight

I recently decided to start teaching myself Silverlight, and I’ve become very frustrated with the lack of quality tutorials involving animation. Animation, or at least the use of solid graphic functionality, is really the only reason I (and other people) am interested in learning Silverlight.

In hopes of starting a discussion on the subject, I’ve been able to make use of the following sources:

…and that’s pretty much it. I’ve spent a good deal of time looking around for good tutorials, but I can’t seem to find many.

I’m also frustrated by the fact that Silverlight has two distinct platforms for creating applications – namely Visual Studio or Expression Blend. I’m a Visual Studio guy, so I’d prefer to not have to learn yet another piece of development software.

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Arthur Kay is a long-time nerd and JavaScript enthusiast. He lives in the Chicago suburbs and is active in the local web development community.

Arthur currently works for Sencha, Inc. as Senior Software Engineer. The thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed on this website are Arthur's alone and do not represent his employer.

3 comments for “Frustrations with Silverlight

  1. Art
    November 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    (received via email)

    I saw your blog post regarding getting into Silverlight. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help out – I know it can be frustrating to get rolling, but it’s pretty nice when you do.

    Regarding the development platforms, Blend and Visual Studio should not be looked at as separate environments so much as complementary tool sets. Yes, you can make apps in both, but I couldn’t see working with only one or the other. Blend’s strength is the graphical portion of layout, storyboard creation, object development, etc., while Visual Studio is (obviously) where the work gets done.

    I did use both tools in my book, but spent the majority of time in code. Still, I find Blend to be fairly intuitive and good at what it does.

    Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

    Jeff Paries

  2. Art
    November 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    (my response to Jeff, via email)

    I think part of my frustration with Silverlight also stems from the fact that I have to buy Expression Blend (which is expensive!). I really like Visual Web Developer Express, which I use for a bunch of ASP.NET and C# apps, but there doesn’t seem to be an option for using Expression Blend without shelling out $500. I use Visual Studio 2008 at my office, and I can guarantee they won’t be spending more money unless I can really prove it’s worth the cost.

  3. Art
    November 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

    (jeff’s response via email)

    Not sure if you saw Scott Guthrie’s blog this morning, but if you can manage to work in Visual Studio for a while, it looks like they are working to integrate design functionality there for Silverlight 3.

    They definitely seem to be doing this right – just not everything at once. =)


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