By Peter Varhol
Microsoft’s Silverlight engineering team doesn’t just write code. They tell application developers how to do so, too. Through the Silverlight blog at http://team.silverlight.net/, the Silverlight team provides a collection of tips and suggestions on how to design and build applications with Silverlight.
In particular, the latest entries have dealt with the use of the Expression tools in Silverlight development. The blog makes it clear that there are a number of Expression tools (I counted five different ones when they finally sent me off to the Expression Web site, along with the Expression Studio that combines all of them). These include tools for graphic design and user interface layout, which are important for starting off with Silverlight designs.
The Silverlight engineering team refers to the recent Expression postings as the Principles of Design series, focusing on emphasis, symmetry, and rhythm as design techniques, and how to use them to create interfaces that engage end users.
If you are looking for a way to get started with Silverlight, and in particular with the Expression tools, this blog is a good place to get ideas. Expect more postings on the Principles of Design series in the next several weeks as a way to better understand both design and tooling in Silverlight applications.