Silverlight 3 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s cross-browser technology for creating rich user experiences on the web. Like its predecessor, Silverlight 2, it rides atop the .NET Framework for maximum ease of use and coding efficiency. The new technology carries forward much of the work that has been done before and augments it in many important respects, including support for H.264 video, major improvements to the graphics engine (including true 3D rendering) and much richer data-binding options for interfacing with other applications.Beginning Silverlight 3 is aimed at novice software developers who come from either a development or design background. It takes readers systematically through the installation, configuration and operation of the three key technologies that need to be understood to work with Silverlight: Expression Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio. With a firm grounding in how these tools work together, and a plethora of sample applications to provide practical illustration, readers will be well placed to start their journey of discovery with this exciting new technology.