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Silverlight 1.1 Installation and Overview

Silverlight 1.1 uses a lightweight version of the .NET CLR (Common Language Run-time) in the browser plug-in.

Silverlight 1.1 Installation and Overview

 

Silverlight 1.1 uses a lightweight version of the .NET CLR (Common Language Run-time) in the browser plug-in. This allows you to program Silverlight applications in C#, Visual Basic, Python, Ruby and JavaScript. Silverlight 1.1 applications use the .NET CLR’s just-in-time (JIT) compiler to compile the code to machine language, allowing for a significant improvement in performance over the interpreted JavaScript used in Silver-light 1.0 and Ajax.

To install the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh browser plug-in, go to silverlight.net/ GetStarted/ and download the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh runtime for your platform. Once you have installed it, you can see some 1.1 applications in action at the website silverlight.net/themes/silverlight/community/gallerydetail.aspx?cat=2.

 

A chess game that serves as an excellent demonstration of the performance improvement is located at silverlight.net/samples/1.1/chess/run/default.html. This game allows you to compare the performance of a computer player coded in .NET to the per-formance of a computer player coded in JavaScript. As you will see, the .NET player usu-ally wins because it can analyze many more moves than the JavaScript player in the same amount of time.

 

We will develop our Silverlight 1.1 applications using Microsoft Expression Blend 2 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. After you have installed these tools, download and install the Silverlight Tools Alpha for Visual Studio from go.microsoft.com/fwlink/ ?LinkID=89149&clcid=0x409. Now, you can create a Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh project.


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