Welcome to the wonderful world of Silverlight, Microsoft's platform for building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). The earliest versions of Silverlight focused on rich media, interactivity, and animation. Now Silverlight has gotten down to business with new features geared towards making business application development faster and easier. Of course, you still have access to all the graphics and animation tools. With the usability bar raised considerably by Web 2.0, end users are demanding more from their applications. Silverlight 4 will help you deliver steak and the sizzle to business application development.
In this chapter, we shall: