In the introduction, you learned about the design philosophy that underpins Silverlight. Now, you're ready to get your hands dirty and create your first Silverlight application.
The best starting point for coding a Silverlight application is Visual Studio, Microsoft's premiere development tool. In this chapter, you'll see how to create, compile, and deploy a Silverlight application using Visual Studio. Along the way, you'll get a quick look at how Silverlight controls respond to events, you'll see how Silverlight applications are compiled and packaged for the Web, and you'll consider the two options for hosting Silverlight content: either in an ordinary HTML web page or in an ASP.NET web form.