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Silverlight 4 has the potential to revolutionize the way we build business applications. With its flexibility, web deployment, cross-platform capabilities, rich .NET language support on the client, rich user interface control set, small runtime, and more, it comes close to the perfect platform in which to build business applications. It’s a very powerful technology, and despite its youth, it’s moving forward at a rapid pace and is gaining widespread adoption. This book will guide you through the process of designing and developing enterprise-strength business applications in Silverlight 4 and C#. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of Silverlight to develop rich and robust business applications, from getting started to deployment, and everything in between. In particular, this book will serve developers who want to learn how to design business applications, and introduce the patterns to use, the issues that you’ll face, and how to resolve them. Chris Anderson, who has been building line-of-business applications for years, demonstrates his experience through a candid presentation of how to tackle real-life issues, rather than just avoid them. Developers will benefit from his hard-won expertise through business application design patterns that he shares throughout the book. With this book in hand, you will Create a fully functional business application in Silverlight Discover how to satisfy all of the general requirements that most business applications need Develop a business application framework
Pete Brown, Chad A. Campbell
A comprehensive guide to application building using C#. It goes into action immediately in a thorough introduction. It then follows up with numerous nifty examples to explore flexible layout, control extensibility, the communication and binding models, rich media, animation, and much more. This book explores practical questions in patterns, testing, and performance optimization throughout. No previous experience with Silverlight is required.
Silverlight is Microsoft's cross-browser technology for creating rich user experiences on the Web. Like its predecessor, Silverlight 4 rides atop the .NET framework for maximum ease of use and coding efficiency. The technology carries forward much of the work that has been done before and augments it in many important respects, including support for H.264 video, major improvements to the graphics engine (including true 3D rendering), and much richer data-binding options for interfacing with other applications. Pro Silverlight 4 in VB is an invaluable reference for professional developers who want to discover the features of Silverlight. Author Matthew MacDonald's expert advice guides you through creating rich media applications using Silverlight in the environment you're most productive in—no matter what the target platform. As you learn about the features that put Silverlight in direct competition with Adobe Flash, such as rich support for 2D and 3D drawing, animations, and media playback, you'll experience the plumbing of .NET and the design model of WPF through Silverlight—all of the same .NET technology that developers use to design next-generation Windows applications. In this book, MacDonald provides a comprehensive tutorial written from professional developer to professional developer. What you’ll learn Develop rich media applications using Silverlight across browsers and platforms Create a project, set up a layout, and use controls Handle both 2D and 3D drawing, animation, and media playback through Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Integrate web services support Use Silverlight in conjunction with ASP.NET and its interactions with HTML Who this book is for .NET developers encountering Silverlight for the first time. No prior knowledge of WPF or ASP.NET is assumed. Table of Contents Introducing Silverlight XAML Layout Dependency Properties and Routed Events Elements The Application Model Navigation Shapes and Geometries Brushes, Transforms, and Bitmaps Animation Sound, Video, and Deep Zoom Styles and Behaviors Templates and Custom Controls Browser Integration ASP.NET Web Services Data Binding Data Controls File Access Multithreading Networking Out-of-Browser Applications