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Silverlight Hello World in C# from VS 2005

Posted in ASP.Net/Web Services | WPF/E | Silverlight at Tuesday, May 1, 2007 5:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Well I've been downloading the VS Orcas for a few days and it still isn't done. I really wanted to try out the .NET support in Silverlight 1.1 and so I asked if this could be done with VS 2005 and Scott Louvau replied:

Well, in VS2005 you can create a class library which will build against the Silverlight runtime, but it's a little work.

1. Create a Class Library.
2. Remove all references from it.
3. Right-click on the Project and pick Properties.
4. On the Build tab, click Advanced and check 'Do not reference mscorlib.dll'
5. Manually add references to mscorlib, agclr, System, System.Core, System.Silverlight, and System.Xml.Core from the Silverlight install folder (\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight\)

At this point your build outputs should be Silverlight consumable binaries. It looks like the equivalent command line call to csc.exe (the C# compiler) should include the references to the mentioned binaries and the /nostdlib option but may require others as well.


I tried it out and it work pretty well. If you're interested I've uploaded my project so that you can download it and try it out. You will need Silverlight 1.1 installed and VS studio 2005.

Download the sample code here

I've also posted the code to my server but I couldn't figure out how to setup IIS to allow DLL files to be downloaded. Maybe tomorrow.

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