The Silverlight Toolkit – now in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer

Posted 4 November 2009  

It’s now even easier to get started with the Silverlight Toolkit, an excellent complement to your Silverlight development environment. The latest Silverlight 3 release of the Silverlight Toolkit is now available on the Web PI. It is now the recommended way of getting the toolkit.

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Here’s a link to the installer, if you don’t already have it on your system: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx

Jump right to the toolkit install here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/install.aspx?appid=SilverlightToolkit
Or, a Twitter-friendly link: http://bit.ly/3eaT68

Simple installation experience

It’s quick and easy now to use the Silverlight Toolkit – no need to jump over to the CodePlex site.

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Once starting the Web Platform Installer, you’ll find the Silverlight Toolkit under the ‘Web Platform’ tab, in the ‘Tools’ section:

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The installation should only take a few seconds. Afterwards, you’ll find the controls inside Expression Blend 3, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 with the Silverlight Tools installed, and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2.

About the Silverlight Toolkit

In case you’ve never used the Silverlight Toolkit, it’s never too late to start. The following controls have been part of the Silverlight Toolkit development process. You can find out more about the quality bands here.

Mature/SDK/Runtime

AutoCompleteBox
Calendar
ChildWindow
DataGrid
DataPager
DatePicker
GridSplitter
HeaderedItemsControl
TabControl
TreeView

Stable
DockPanel
Expander
HeaderedContentControl
Label
NumericUpDown
Viewbox
WrapPanel

Preview
Accordion
Charting
DataForm
DomainUpDown
ImplicitStyleManager
LayoutTransformer
Rating
TimePicker
TimeUpDown
11 designer visual themes

Experimental
GlobalCalendar
TransitioningContentControl
TreeMap
Drag and Drop support for items controls

More resources:

You can also find out more about the Web Platform here and here. Hope this helps!

Jeff Wilcox is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft on the Azure team.

Jeff holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

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