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What are the tools required to develop Silverlight applications?

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What are the tools required to develop Silverlight applications?
posted Apr 13, 2015 by Karthi Kumar

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To run Silverlight applications in a web browser, you need to have the Silverlight runtime installed on the client browser as a plug-in. This is a light-weight version of the .NET runtime.

However, to develop a Silverlight application, you need something more.

Silverlight SDK: This includes a set of tools required to compile and build Silverlight controls.
If you are comfortable writing HTML using Notepad and compiling .NET applications from console tools, then you just need the Silverlight SDK to develop Silverlight applications. However, most people use some kind of IDE to develop applications faster.

Microsoft offers two separate tools to develop Silverlight applications:

Microsoft Expression Studio – This tool is meant for web designers to create rich visual elements for Silverlight applications. Expression Studio is recommended for web designers who create rich internet applications with enhanced visual content and graphics. There are several features provided for creating enhanced graphics elements, with lot of options to pick color, font, etc.

Microsoft Visual Studio – This is the integrated development environment from Microsoft to develop .NET applications. Programmers can use Visual Studio to develop Silverlight applications which require programming. Visual Studio allows programmers to develop sophisticated Silverlight applications in any .NET language (like C#, VB.NET etc).

Here are some other tools that you can use:

Install Deep Zoom Composer – This tool allows you to prepare your images for use with the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 3.

Download Silverlight Toolkit – This toolkit is a Microsoft project containing Silverlight controls, components, and utilities that can be downloaded and used in your Silverlight applications. It includes full source code, samples, and tests.

Download .NET RIA Services – Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes, and custom operations.

answer Apr 15, 2015 by Jdk
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Operating System: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2
Intel® Pentium® III 450MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
128MB of RAM
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Operating System: Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 or above
Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
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  • The Silverlight plug-in for browser
  • Silverlight SDK is a set of tools, documentation, samples, and templates for web developers to enable them to easily develop Silverlight enabled applications. The SDK is not really mandatory to develop Silverlight applications; however, the SDK will make development much easier.
answer Apr 13, 2015 by Amit Kumar Pandey
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