Why a Resignation Letter? In these digital times, why should we submit a resignation letter, anyway? A paper trail does seem old_fashioned, but in this case, it's a best practice. It makes your intentions clear, as well as the conditions. You're removing any ambiguity about the end of your time there.
If You Want to Do More Than Just the Basics with Your Resignation Letter. You can always write more, and craft a longer resignation letter, but the truth is that it isn't necessary. You can add a portion of the note where you thank your manager or boss for the opportunities and time you have had together, or add that you hope to keep in touch, but in reality, if you really feel this way you probably should make an effort and find an opportunity to say these things in person (rather than getting an email).