Synopses & Reviews
Make your rich Internet applications shine on multiple browsers and platforms
Silverlight makes stunning Web effects — animation, streaming media, audiovisual playback — easier than you could have imagined. Whether you're new to Web design or just to Silverlight, this book is packed with all the info you need to start creating applications using Visual Studio and Expression Blend.
Getting started — find out what you need to get started with Silverlight and download the necessary tools
Gain control — style and manipulate Silverlight controls such as text boxes and buttons, and create your own
Make it move — enrich your user interface with animations that upload fast and don't devour bandwidth
Stick things together — understand data binding and how it supports your applications and streamlines programming
Much ADO about data — work with ADO.NET Data Services and WCF RIA Services to create versatile business applications
Open the book and find:
How Silverlight delivers a rich user experience
Clear examples of XAML
Tips on drawing shapes and doing animation
Advice on the best tools to use with Silverlight
Effective ways to work with controls
How to customize controls and create your own
Develop seamless cross-platform, cross-browser Web applications
Design visually rich user interfaces with ease
Use Expression Blend and Visual Studio® with Silverlight
Deliver application data efficiently with WCF RIA Services and ADO.NET
Ten ways to get more from Silverlight
How to connect to your data on demand
Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/silverlight4fd to find all the code used in this book and save yourself time and effort
This book covers everything you need to know to start creating applications in Silverlight 3.0. You do not need to have any knowledge of ASP.NET or HTML, although a basic knowledge or VB.NET or C# is helpful. The book will start by getting the reader building their first Silverlight application, then move into key Silverlight topics such as controls, data binding, skinning, using Visual Studio tools and animations.
The fun and easy guide for building Silverlight 4 applications!
Silverlight is a Web browser plugin that enables functions such as animation, streaming media, vector graphics, and audio-video playback that characterize rich Internet applications. It only requires a simple download, after which most end-users are not even aware that it's running. This helpful guide covers everything you need to know in order to start creating applications in Silverlight 4 and then moves on to key topics such as controls, data binding, skinning, using Visual Studio tools, and more.
Whether you have just the most basic programming skills and are interested in learning to develop Silverlight apps or you are an experienced developer looking for an understandable guide on the newest version of Silverlight, Microsoft Silverlight 4 For Dummies is ideal for a wide audience.
- The Silverlight plugin enables animation, streaming media, vector graphics, and audio-video playback
- Shows you how to create applications in Silverlight 4
- Covers important Silverlight topics including controls, data binding, skinning, animations, and more
- Discusses how to best use the offering of tools from Visual Studio
Get enlightened and start creating Silverlight 4 applications with this book by your side.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
develops Web applications using Microsoft technologies and speaks regularly at conferences. He is very active within the .NET and Silverlight communities.
Philip Beadle is a Senior Developer at DotNetNuke and speaks at numerous conferences. He is a coauthor of DotNetNuke For Dummies and has contributed to other books. Both are senior consultants at Readify.
Table of Contents
Part I: Illuminating Silverlight.
Chapter 1: Adding Silverlight to Your Web Development Toolkit.
Chapter 2: Getting Started in Silverlight.
Chapter 3: Enhancing the User Interface.
Part II: Managing Your Silverlight Controls.
Chapter 4: Working with Controls for UI Interactions.
Chapter 5: Laying Out Controls.
Chapter 6: Styling and Skinning Controls.
Chapter 7: Creating Your Own Controls.
Chapter 8: Creating Animations in Silverlight.
Chapter 9: Updating Data the Easy Way with Data Binding.
Part III: Connecting with Data.
Chapter 10: Accessing Data in Silverlight.
Chapter 11: Using WCF Data Services to Store and Manage Data.
Chapter 12: Using WCF RIA Services in Silverlight.
Chapter 13: Accessing Data with WCF RIA Services.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 14: Ten Cool Controls for Collecting and Displaying Data.
Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Get More Out of Silverlight.
Chapter 16: Ten Handy Tips for Writing Silverlight Applications.