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SilverlightShow.net is one of those great community sites providing information, tutorials and general developer information around Silverlight.  They’ve done a great job providing a spectrum of beginner to advanced topics on Silverlight development. 

At MIX10 I was talking with one of the brains behind the site (and Silverlight MVP), Emil Stoychev, one one of the ways they had been displaying book recommendations on their site.  It was a bookshelf view that I thought was cool and I wanted to use it for my own book recommendation list on my blog. 

NOTE: It was funny in talking with Emil because they had this bookshelf control for a while and then the iBooks app for iPhone/iPad came out and looked really familiar.  Of course, the user experience isn’t something entirely new for displaying this type of information, but it was cool to see consistency.

I asked Emil if I could use the control and showcase some of the work they do on that site.  They carved off a little area where I could manage my books and here it is:

SilverlightShow bookshelf

You can see it running live and interact with it on my Silverlight Book Recommendations link here on this site.  I think it is a lot better than just a standard list of links.  Now I just need to fill up the shelves so they don’t look so empty!

Thanks Emil and SilverlightShow! And to answer in advance, I’m not sure if they plan on releasing this as a sample control or what…that is something you’ll have to head over to their site and ask them (and check out their material as well).


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Got a great concept about Silverlight use, an application, utility, or just some knowledge you want to share but never had the place to put it?  The team at SilverlightShow have been having a contest they call Silverlight: Write and Win! and you can get some great Silverlight-related prizes such as Telerik and ComponentOne control licenses for Silverlight and WPF applications.

You have to simply write an article about your concept (application, control, whatever) related to Silverlight 2 and provide the code (under an OSI approved license) and you’ll be entered – submit as many times as you want.  The “judges” are a mix of community members and Microsoft guys that will be reviewing the content and code.

So what are you waiting for, enter the Silverlight: Write and Win! contest…you have less than 30 days left!