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Silverlight 2 in Action

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ISBN-10: 1933988428

ISBN-13: 9781933988429

Edition: 2008

Authors: Chad Campbell, Michael Schwarz, John Stockton, Chad A. Campbell

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Microsoft describes Silverlight as a "cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web." That's a really boring description for a really exciting new technology. Anyone who has looked at the demos and gotten a taste of what Silverlight can do knows that Silverlight represents an entirely new level of rich web interface technology for Microsoft developers. With Silverlight 2, developers can use JavaScript, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby to build user-friendly, interactive, and visually-dazzling web applications that work in most major browsers. Silverlight 2 in Action is the first book to cover…    
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Manning Publications Company
Publication date: 11/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 425
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About this book
Introducing Silverlight
Silverlight up your life
Productivity
Performance
Portability
Why can't we be friends?
The developer experience
The designer experience
XAML
Code behind
Namespaces
Compound properties
Attached properties
Blending it together
Summary
Harmony with the web
The relationship between Silverlight and the Html Dom
The HTML Document Object Model
The Silverlight plug-in
The Silverlight Object Model
Creating a Silverlight plug-in
The Silverlight utility file: Silverlight.js
Creating an instance of the Silverlight plug-in
Integrating a Silverlight plug-in
Relating the Silverlight application to the HTML DOM
Clarifying the initial experience
Handling plug-in events
Sending initialization parameters
The Silverlight Application Model
The manifest file
The Silverlight application
Application dependencies
Interacting with the HTML DOM
Managing the web page from managed code
Working with the user's browser window
Bridging the scripting and managed code worlds
Summary
Back to the basics: Layout and text
A Canvas for your imagination
Arranging content of a Canvas
The Canvas: packing a punch
The StackPanel: Stack 'em deep
The power Grid
Arranging Grid content
Sizing it up
Working with the Grid programmatically
Customizing cell boundaries
Displaying text
Font properties
Flow control
Text properties
Spacing
The UIElement and FrameworkElement
Properties
Methods
Summary
Handling user interaction
Understanding device support
Capturing the keyboard
Trapping the mouse
Delivering text controls
Handling basic text
Collecting sensitive data
Button controls
The Button
The HyperlinkButton
The RadioButton
The CheckBox
The ItemsControl
The ListBox
The ComboBox
The TabControl
Date controls
Calendar
DatePicker
Choosing from a numeric range
Using the ProgressBar
Implementing a Slider
Displaying visual prompts
Popping up a dialog box
Prompting for a file
Miscellaneous controls
Creating a border
Collecting drawings
Summary
Getting down with data binding
Binding with your data
Mastering the binding syntax
Choosing a binding mode
Understanding your data source
Binding to a property
Binding to an object
Binding to a collection
Customizing the display
Converting values during binding
Creating data templates
The DataGrid
Displaying your data
Editing grid data
Sorting items
Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
Introducing LINQ
LINQ to Objects
LINQ to XML
LINQ-ing it together
Summary
Networking and communications
Trust, security, and browser limitations
It's all a matter of trust
Making your application secure
Limitations of the browser
Connecting to data sources
Using SOAP services
Time for a REST
Making the data usable
Reading POX
Converting JSON
Reading syndicated feeds
Using advanced services
WCF service enhancements
WCF duplex services
Connecting to sockets
Summary
Managing digital media
Stunning audio and video
Getting to the source
Common properties
Audio specifics
Video specifics
The lifecycle of a media file
Playlists: for that web-based mixtape
Understanding client-side playlists
Using server-side playlists
Interactive playback
Controlling the play state
Timely interaction
Going full screen
Using protected content
Requesting protected content
Retrieving the PlayReady components
Unlocking protected content
Using images in your application
Basic imaging
Deep Zoom
The 7th inning stretch: Dealing with dead space
I'll have none of this stretching business
Uniform sizing
Fill the area
UniformToFill
Summary
Getting a grip on graphics
Getting in shape
A Line in the sand
Rectangle
The ellipse
Polyline
Polygon
Geometry
Simple geometries
Path geometries
Composite geometries
Brushes
SolidColorBrush
LinearGradientBrush
RadialGradientBrush
ImageBrush
VideoBrush
Transforms
RotateTransform
ScaleTransform
SkewTransform
TranslateTransform
TransformGroup
Blending it together
Summary
Bringing it to life: Animation
Animation: It's about time
Mastering the timeline
What type of property are you animating?
Where are you starting from and where are you going?
How long should the animation run?
Storyboarding
Understanding the storyboard
Hitting the target
Controlling the Storyboard
Being resourceful
Key framing
Interpolation: It's about acceleration
Timing is everything
Summary
Giving it style
Being resourceful
Declarative resources
Accessing loose resources
Bundling resources
Giving your elements style
Defining the look
Targeting style definitions
Creating templates
Building a control template
Creating reusable templates
Dealing with visual states
Understanding the components
Leveraging the VisualStateManager
Sharing your effects
Summary
Enhancing the experience
Storing data in isolated storage
IsolatedStorageFile: The virtual filesystem
Reading and writing files: The isolated storage way
Administering the isolated storage
Using XAML at runtime
BackgroundWorker
Doing the work
Updating the UI
Retrieving content on demand
Requesting content
Managing larger download requests
Loading the content
The Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR)
Dynamic typing
Metaprogramming
Summary
Share the light: Distribution and deployment
Creating a user control
Defining the appearance
Defining the behavior
Calling the control
Architecting navigation in Silverlight
Setting up the architecture
Implementing a navigator
Navigating between pages (a.k.a. UserControls)
Using a custom splash screen
Creating the appearance
Integrating the custom splash screen
Monitoring the load progress
Hosting with Silverlight Streaming
Preparing to stream!
Pack it up!
Ship it!
Use it!
Summary
Index