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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate.

So Silverlight Firestarter is over and your sitting on your couch thinking… what now? Well its time to


So how exactly can you pimp the Silverlight Firestarter? Well read below and you will find out:

1) Pimp the videos: First we are going to use a program named Juice to download all of the Silverlight Firestarter videos.

Go ahead and point your browser to and download the application. It works on Mac, Linux and PC. After it is downloaded you are going to want to add an RSS feed by clicking the button highlighted below.


At this point you are going to want to add the following URL inside the textbox and hit Save:


This RSS feed includes all the Silverlight Firestarter Labs and Presentations located below.

The Future of Silverlight

Data Binding Strategies with Silverlight and WP7

Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ

Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services

MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns with Silverlight and WP7

Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience

Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips

Performance Tips for Silverlight Windows Phone 7

Select all the videos and click the Download button located below (has blue arrow):


Once all the videos are downloaded you will have about 4.64GB of Silverlight fun. You can now move these videos to your MediaServer and watch them with whatever device you want. Put it on an iPad, iPhone.. emm wait I mean WP7 or WMC7. 


2) Pimp the Training Material – Download the offline installer for the labs here. This will give you almost a gig of free training materials.


Here is the topics covered:

Level 100: Getting Started
Level 200: Ready for More
Level 300: Take me Further

You will notice that it install Firestarter to the default of C:\Firestarter. So you will have to navigate to that folder and double click on Default.htm to get started. Now if you followed part one of the pimping guide then you will already have all the videos on your pc.


You will notice that once you go into the lab you will get a Lab Document and Source at the bottom of the article.


Now instead of opening the Source Folder in a web browser you can just copy the folder C:\Firestarter\Labs into your Visual Studio 2010 Project Folder. This will save a lot of time later.



3) Pimp my Silverlight 5 Knowledge – Always keep reading as much as possible and remember that the Silverlight 5 Beta should come Q1 of 2011 and the final release at the end of 2011. Here are 5 great blog post on Silverlight 5.

Thats all that I got for now. Have fun with all the new Silverlight content.

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Posted on Friday, December 3, 2010 8:29 PM Silverlight | Back to top

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