My most popular Silverlight posts in '08

4 January 2009

By far, the best thing to happen in '08 was the formation of the Silverlight Toolkit team and the high-quality open source releases it has given the community in calendar year '08. As you probably know, I also had my hand in plenty of the Silverlight testing story, so this post brings these things together.

Here are the 10 most popular Silverlight-related posts from my blog over the past year, according to Google Analytics. If you missed any of these, now's a great time to catch-up!

1. Silverlight 2 unit testing
March 31, 2008

This post walks through the unit test framework for Silverlight, and adds simple test cases to Scott Guthrie's chat sample application.

2. Silverlight unit testing
March 3, 2008

The introductory post to the Silverlight unit test framework, giving a sneak peak at the framework before the tutorial and walkthrough (#1 above).

3. HTML Controls for Silverlight
October 5, 2008

A look at an interesting concept for creating client-side HTML controls, similar to ASP.NET, powered by C# and Silverlight 2. Since this original post, the complete source code to the described controls has been released along with the Silverlight unit test framework source code, under an open source license.

4. Silverlight unit testing video
March 20, 2008; Updated 1/4/09: Video player updated to the Expression media player.

A fun, quick look at the Silverlight unit test framework, and a recap of the MIX '08 conference. This was a first attempt at piecing together footage using an Aiptek A-HD camera; unfortunately, the audio was a little muddied.

5. Visual Studio unit testing basics
August 16, 2008

Learning about the Visual Studio unit test framework metadata; the metadata is present in the Silverlight unit test framework, too.

6. Silverlight unit testing templates
June 6, 2008

Downloadable templates for easily creating Silverlight test projects in Visual Studio 2008.

7. Test framework source code released
November 2, 2008

Announcing the Silverlight unit test framework's source code release, as an open source Ms-PL release alongside the Silverlight Toolkit.

8. Silverlight Toolkit December 2008 release
December 9, 2008

Announcing the 2nd release of the Silverlight Toolkit, what's new, an direct links to individual controls, themes, and sample apps.

9. Building a highlighting AutoCompleteBox
November 18, 2008

Creating a great auto complete experience by highlighting typed characters in words, similar to what IE and Firefox do. Powered by the AutoCompleteBox control and a quick simple highlighting text block control.

10. The missing guide to the AutoCompleteBox control
November 24, 2008

A comprehensive reference on the Silverlight Toolkit's AutoCompleteBox control that I developed.

Enjoy these resources!

Jeff Wilcox is a Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO), helping Microsoft engineers use, contribute to and release open source at scale.

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