Two new resources came to my attention recently that could be helpful resources for Flash developers wanting to learn Silverlight. The first has been out there for a bit actually, but the other is new. Let’s start with the new one, Project Rosetta (video). As Adam Kinney said this week while in meetings in Redmond, “because we need another web site.”
Project Rosetta describes itself as:
Project Rosetta is a site dedicated to helping designers and developers build applications in Silverlight while taking advantage of skills they already know.
There are two articles up there now, The New Iteration and From Flash to Silverlight. The newest article involves a Flash maestro, Rick Barazza. The articles aren’t blog posts, but rather more in-depth discussions of various aspects of design/development where your skills can be re-used while doing development for Silverlight.
The second resource is a blog called Shine Draw from Terence Tsang and describes itself as Your Flash and Silverlight Repository. Terence has 6 years of Flash experience, but even concedes he is not as much of an expert as he aspires to be. This site is great in that he combines the knowledge of Flash with the concepts of image and animation to see how things are done in each respective technology. Terence starts with a concept/question to himself (i.e., 3D image navigation) and then goes about creating that sample in both Flash and Silverlight…with the goal of an same experience in each technology. He provides code for both (Flash 9/AS3 and Silverlight 2/C#) as well as documents the time it took to do each example. It’s really an intriguing read and some helpful nuggets of code as well. Oh yeah, and he takes requests.
I hope you find these useful, or at least interesting…I certainly have.