How to Build a Real World Silverlight 5 Application
by Gill Cleeren
As mentioned, since version 2, Silverlight applications can be built using .NET. Both C# and VB.NET can be used as development language. On the other hand, XAML is used to create (in a declarative manner) the user interface. The XAML language was introduced with WPF at the time of .NET 3.0. Therefore, the learning curve for Silverlight for most .NET developers is not steep — you can leverage a lot of your knowledge.
Although you can fall back on many things you already know from “regular” .NET, Silverlight applications have their peculiarities. This chapter provides an overview of some issues you'll face when you leave the paved road of “demoware” (although this is not a real word, it is used here to reference ...