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In these color-filled pages, a crack team of Wrox experts gives you a comprehensive introduction to Silverlight. You'll see the ...

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Overview

Silverlight—the hot new web technology based on the powerful WPF graphics platform that ships with Windows Vista—is the web developer's choice for creating cross-platform interactive applications that work in multiple browsers. This one-of-a-kindreference shows you, with full-color illustrations, how to create rich interactive apps with Silverlight.

In these color-filled pages, a crack team of Wrox experts gives you a comprehensive introduction to Silverlight. You'll see the vivid graphics and video images you can achieve. You will learn to use the component languages, tools, and techniques of Silverlight to create applications that enhance the user experience. You'll also discover how to leverage existing technologies, such as JavaScript(r), XAML, ASP.NET, and AJAX, and incorporate them with development tools like Visual Studio(r), Expression(r) Encoder, and Expression Blend. Soon you'll be building everything from basic static pages to Internet applications that integrate rich media and animation.

What you will learn from this book

* Easy ways to incorporate graphics, animation, audio, and video into Internet applications
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Methods for creating rich media apps that run on Windows(r) and Mac(r), as well as in Internet Explorer, Firefox(r), and Safari
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How to write standard JavaScript within an HTML page to manipulate and program against any XAML DOM element, storyline animation, or video
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Ways to integrate Silverlight within existing HTML pages, web sites, and ASP.NET applications
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How to handle data access in Silverlight applications using AJAX

Who this book is for

This book is for professional web developers who want to take advantage of Silverlight's capabilities to create rich interactive applications.

"[This book] makes a great companion for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of Silverlight without wading through the reference material in the SDK. If you're looking for a trustworthy guide to show you how Silverlight can light up your web applications, you'll find this book a great starting point."
—Tim Sneath, Group Manager for Client Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation

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What's the next step beyond AJAX towards even richer, more immersive web applications? It just might be Microsoft's Silverlight. The 1.0 version's here -- and while others are waiting for 1.1, you can get a major jumpstart with Wrox's Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.

Wrox's Infragistics author is already deeply involved in building commercial products with Silverlight: few developers outside Microsoft have a comparable understanding of Silverlight's potential to deeply integrate media and rich content. (And few developers understand 1.0's inevitable limitations as clearly.) All that insight has found its way into their book.

The authors start with the absolute basics: installing the Silverlight plug-in and SDK, using the SDK's handy Visual Studio application templates, and creating XAML markup that defines what the Silverlight player displays.

You'll check out Expression Blend 2, a promising new Microsoft tool for designing application layouts, creating animations, and adding interactivity to Silverlight applications. You'll learn how to manipulate XAML programmatically via Silverlight's rich programming model; and integrate ASP.NET with Silverlight to create more dynamic user interfaces. Then, after a brief preview of Silverlight 1.1's anticipated support for the .NET CLR, the authors present a complete case study application.

Incidentally, this book's in full color from start to finish. That gives the authors a chance to show off more of what Silverlight can do -- and to color-code all of their copious example code. (If you're building your Silverlight applications with Visual Studio, you'll be right at home.) Last but not least, the authors provide a 50-plus-page reference to both Silverlight objects and XAML – making their book even more useful. Bill Camarda, from the January 2008 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470228401
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/29/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Devin Rader is a Product Manager on the Infragistics Web Client team, responsible for leading the creation of Infragistics ASP.NET and Silverlight products. Devin is also an active proponent and member of the .NET developer community, being a co-founder of the St. Louis .NET User Group, an active member of the New Jersey .NET User Group, a former board member of the International .NET Association (INETA), and a regular speaker at user groups. He is also a contributing author on the Wrox title Professional ASP.NET 2.0 and a technical editor for several other Wrox publications and has written columns for ASP.NET Pro magazine, as well as .NET technology articles for MSDN Online. You can find more of Devin’s musings at www.geekswithblogs.com/devin.

Jason Beres is the Director of Product Management for Infragistics, the world's leading publisher of presentation layer tools. Jason is also one of the founders of Florida .NET User Groups, he is founder of the New Jersey .NET User Group, he is a Visual Basic .NET MVP, he is on the INETA Speakers Bureau, and he is on the INETA Board of Directors. Jason is the author of several books on .NET development, an international speaker, and a frequent columnist for several .NET publications. He also keeps very active in the .NET community.

J. Ambrose Little is the User Experience and Guidance group lead at Infragistics. He is a Microsoft Solutions Architect MVP, an ASPInsider, author of numerous articles, co-author of Professional ADO.NET 2 and ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips from Wrox, and he has spoken at various user groups, events, and conferences. He’s been designing and developing web sites and applications professionally for more than 8 years.

Grant Hinkson is Director of Visual Design at Infragistics, a software company specializing in reusable interface components and application design. He is passionate about design, usability, and technology and is rewarded by working with a team of people who share similar passions. He loves both design and development and thrives in the worlds of Silverlight and WPF, where he gets to exercise both sides of his brain. Grant has been involved with both WPF and Silverlight since their pre-Beta days, working with Expression Blend when it was affectionately known by its codename Sparkle. Grant is author of the Fireworks to XAML Exporter, is a frequent contributor to Adobe’s Developer Center site, and has spoken at major industry design events.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Silverlight.

Chapter 2: Building Silverlight Applications Using XAML.

Chapter 3: Designing Silverlight Applications Using Expression Blend 2.

Chapter 4: Coding Silverlight Applications with JavaScript and XAML.

Chapter 5: Using Silverlight with ASP.NET.

Chapter 6: Silverlight 1.1 and the CLR.

Chapter 7: Video Player: Silverlight 1.0 Case Example.

Appendix A: Silverlight Object Reference.

Appendix B: XAML Reference.

Appendix C: Silverlight Online Resources.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

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    strong support of open standards

    Out of Microsoft comes this latest offering, for managing web pages. One of its strengths is to be able to make cross-browser compatible pages. Seems to me that 10 years ago, the browser wars were in full rage, and this was a big issue. But while those browsers have been supplanted by the current IE and sundry open source competitors, there are still incompatibilities. So Silverlight helps here. Another strength of Silverlight is its emphasis on using XAML. The use of XML-style files as the 'database' (so to speak), also opens Silverlight for functioning in a fairly open environment. Where other of your apps can read/write to those XAML files. Good to see that Microsoft hasn't gone the earlier route of its proprietary binary data format for its Office suite. From the get go, Silverlight uses XML. Yet another merit is how the Silverlight developers made the pragmatic decision to support JavaScript. No mention in this book of the (unlamented?) JScript. Which, if you recall, is Microsoft's proprietary take on JavaScript. But the web marketplace strongly favours JavaScript. (I would have fully expected Silverlight to go with JScript.)

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