Microsoft released Silverlight 5 in December 2011. As you may have noticed, I have done a number of Silverlight tutorials as the product evolved from version 2 to version 4.
There has been a lot written about the future of Silverlight. Will there be a version 6? What will happen to the browser plug-in? I would like to refer you to a great article titled Silverlight 5 released; will there be a Silverlight 6? by Peter Bright for what I think is a great discussion of the issues.
For me, I plan to redo the current Silverlight tutorials using version 5 because I believe many business applications may continue using Silverlight. In addition, understanding Silverlight is a great way to get a handle on WP7 development and this provides another rationale for updating the tutorials.
Right now I plan to publish the following Silverlight 5 tutorials:
- Basic Silverlight Business Application Concepts
- Working with RIA Data Services
- Deploying a Silverlight Application
- Golf Reference Application (Traditional Code Behind)
- Golf Reference Application (MVVM)
After getting these tutorials published, I will likely just wait and see what happens with Silverlight in the future.