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Essential Silverlight 3 by Ashraf Michail

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1. Silverlight Overview

SILVERLIGHT IS A Web platform designed for media and rich Internet applications (RIAs). Popular Web sites use Silverlight to view video in some of the biggest online streaming events. For example, during the 2008 Olympics, http://www.nbcolympics.com received 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views and 70 million video streams. Other popular Web sites also use Silverlight to play video, such as http://www.netflix.com, a variety of sporting events, television stations, and video hosting sites.

Many Web sites have also written RIAs with Silverlight, including email applications, business applications, social networking applications, mashup creation tools, casual games, high quality image viewers, ...

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