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The Best Tools for Silverlight Development

  1. Silverlight Spy
  2. Telerik's automated testing tools

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  1. Silverlight Spy

    This is a great tool; it is the Firebug for Silverlight. This tool allows you to inspect elements, styles and configuration information for your Silverlight/XBAP applications.

    Like Snoop Leaving SSW Web Site for WPF

    Like Firebug Leaving SSW Web Site for CSS

    Download here http://silverlightspy.com/silverlightspy/download-silverlight-spy Leaving SSW Web Site

    Control + Shift click the object
    Figure: What is this space for? Control + Shift click the object
    You can see the rectangle
    Figure: Then you see it is the rectangle
  2. Telerik's automated testing tools

    Today in 2010 Microsoft’s Test Manager is great for Windows and Web apps, but there is a glaring hole. No support for Silverlight. You need to try Telerik’s WebUI Test Studio. It is heaps better than Test Manager + the Coded UI tests. http://www.telerik.com/automated-testing-tools

      The key features are:
    • It generates much less code (4 steps instead of UIMap.cs, etc...)
    • Easy recording (a very nice UI)
    • You can playback in a different browser
    • Faster
      So give it a try:
    1. You Download the standalone tool at http://www.telerik.com/download/teststudio
    2. Connect to a Silverlight site
    3. Record Silverlight
    4. Generate code
    5. and you're done
    6. Decide yourself if this is better than Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)

Acknowledgements

Adam Cogan