I thought I'd write some more "senseless low-quality crap that regularly fills ZDNet and that's only designed to draw readers in". I thank "kouzen" for his insight, but you Sir, are an idiot. Moving along...
Technology-oriented students have long used the power of the Internet to make money through website design, web development and Internet application design, partly because of the vast need for it but partly because it inspires creativity and free-thought. For years Macromedia Flash dominated the web with its rich content and ability to work seamlessly with everything it came into contact with. Since Adobe
stole bought it a couple of years ago, it has still remained the focus of the marketshare with more people using it than ever.
However I wanted to talk about Silverlight, the "Flash killer" as Microsoft bloggers have so put it. Although it still remains a small part of the Flash-type marketshare, it's creeping up and being used more and more (although it seems most Silverlight content is being used on Microsoft's websites rather than third-party websites). Most people don't know much about it, but it appears to be a skill worth having. With Silverlight 2.0 expected to be released around August, there can be no harm in learning the basics now, as most universities are ready to break up for summer, if not already.
Mike Taulty, who works at Microsoft, involves himself in getting news out to developers through newsletters, blogs and videos, has used the Silverlight platform to (appropriately) provide videos about Silverlight, with ideas, screencasts and answers to questions about how to get started and develop with the platform. Whilst you have some free time over the summer, give these videos a try - a new skill to put on your resume can only be a good thing.