Skillset required for working in a Silverlight Project

By Anoop Madhusudanan

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Recently I was requested by the sourcing team to list down the skill set required for candidates for a Silverlight project. Here is something that I wrote as Job Descriptions, for each role.
UX Designer Profile
  • Ability to visualize and create user experiences, and to translate them to UI designs using Expression Blend
  • Excellent understanding of XAML and capabilities of Silverlight
  • Excellent understanding of creating and applying styles and templates
  • Ideal candidate will have been working with Silverlight 1.0 since its inception, with examples showing level of expertise with an understanding of enhancements made with 2.0 and 3.0.
Silverlight Architect
  • Ability to guide the team by putting in place the required tools and frameworks (end to end) for Silverlight specific projects
  • Experience using Expression Blend and Visual Studio for Silverlight application development
  • Good understanding of XAML Styles, Triggers, Observable Collection, Data Binding Methods, Model View View-Model (MVVM) pattern, Navigation patterns
  • XML and LINQ within Silverlight
  • All aspects of Silverlight framework including DLR, Isolated storage etc
  • Understanding about essential application blocks like Composite application block (Prism) Excellent understanding on using RIA, WCF services and ADO.NET Entity framework services with Silverlight
  • Excellent knowledge of development within .NET 3.0 & 3.5 Framework
  • Must understand the fundamentals of software development, including best practices and OOP design patterns. An understanding of cross-browser Front-end development issues is important
  • Knowledge about 3rd party UI libraries
  • Familiarity in Live Mesh technologies
Silverlight Developer
  • Experience using Expression Blend and Visual Studio for Silverlight application development
  • Excellent C# and XAML skills
  • Experience in using MVVM
  • Strong JavaScript skills
  • Working knowledge of development within .NET 3.0 & 3.5 Framework

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