Hidden Gems: Why .NET Developers Need to Take a 2nd Look at Project Rosetta

Many of you have heard of Project Rosetta by now, but for those who have not here is an excerpt from the site:

The goal of the project is to help designers and UI developers learn new technologies by relating concepts and skills in a visual way from one technology to another.

One of the first areas this site has focused on is helping bridge the gap for those transitioning from Flash to Silverlight. There is a great guide on the site titled “Flash to Silverlight Guide” that walks through concepts in Flash and applies them to how they are tackled in Silverlight.

OK, so why am I telling you all of this if its focused on Flash developers? Good question, so let me get to my main point. The site is NOT just for Flash developers. It also has some awesome content for getting up to speed on Silverlight development aspects you use (or should use) every day. Got your attention? Good!

The content on this site is an excellent source at bringing a .NET developer up to speed on some design skills. So before you say “yeah right”, take a look at the tutorials on this site. They are very easy, take just minutes, and demonstrate ways to create very compelling results.image

For example, check out this set of tutorials called “Through the Eyes of Expression Blend” (see below). The tutorials are very straight forward and show how to draw shapes/pictures, create transforms, animate elements, play video, manipulate text, import images, skin controls, and work with behaviors. These are key skills in designing and developing Silverlight applications.


Give these some of your attention if you have mad developer skills but want to brush up on these talents.

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Hi, I'm John Papa. I author this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Google Developer Expert and Microsoft Regional Director. I travel speaking at events and train technology thought leaders