Author Jeff Scanlon assumes you’re already comfortable with the basics of .NET coding and with WPF, and they help you build on your existing knowledge to make your journey to Silverlight 2 proficiency as quick and painless as possible.
Accelerated Silverlight 2 will get you up to speed with the latest version of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. Author Jeff Scanlon assumes you’re already comfortable with the basics of .NET coding and with WPF, and they help you build on your existing knowledge to make your journey to Silverlight 2 proficiency as quick and painless as possible. Where coding techniques are similar to other, more established, areas of .NET, they’ll say so. Likewise, where there’s a syntax or conceptual “gotcha” that you’re existing coding habits will walk you into, they’ll point that out, too.
You’ll find fast–track coverage of all the most important elements of the Silverlight 2 technology ranging from XAML to standard controls, from dealing with media to networking, from testing to deployment. Two fully worked sample applications conclude your path to Silverlight 2 mastery because nothing reinforces your understanding of how concepts fit together as much as looking at finished code.
The book is based on the assumption that readers will already be very comfortable with the workings of the .NET Framework. Knowledge of Expression Blend is useful, but the authors don’t assume that you’re a master of it. You’ll learn the Blend techniques that you need to know as you go along. By the end of the book, the authors will have provided you with a sound, concise, path to mastery of Silverlight 2.
What you’ll learn
Who is this book for
This book is for .NET developers, whether they are already using .NET 3.5 or are in the process of migrating up from .NET 2.0. The book aims to ease people’s migration paths as much as possible. The authors include notes to highlight important features of .NET 3.5 that people need to be aware of and also to highlight where Silverlight’s working and syntax differs substantially than that of WPF.
Jeff Scanlon is an independent Microsoft consultant with extensive experience developing software using a variety of technologies. He designs and implements software across all layers with a focus on web–based applications. Jeff has led developer training sessions on software engineering practices and introductions to new technologies at nearly every company he has worked. His current work includes prototyping applications using technologies such as Silverlight, Windows Communication Foundation, and ASP.NET. His writing includes Professional Java JDK 6 Edition and its updated edition and has written articles on .NET in Software Development magazine. He holds several Microsoft certifications and a bachelor of science degree in computer science.
What is in this book
About the Author About the Technical ReviewerAcknowledgments Introduction
CHAPTER 1 Introducing Silverlight
Cross-Platform Frameworks Qt The Java Platform Flash/Flex Silverlight The History of Silverlight Creating Your First Application Summary
CHAPTER 2 Getting to Know XAML
Introducing XAML Namespaces Dependency Property System Type Converters Markup Extensions More About Silverlight Applications Events in Silverlight Summary
CHAPTER 3 Creating User Interfaces
Building Blocks DependencyObject UIElement FrameworkElement Positioning Objects on Screen Canvas StackPanel Grid Customizing Silverlight Controls ContentControl Border The Button Controls TextBlock TextBox ItemsControl Popup ToolTipService RangeBase ScrollViewer Incorporating SDK Controls GridSplitter Calendar and DatePicker TabControl Implementing Navigation Summary
CHAPTER 4 Network Communication
Enabling Cross-Domain Communication Using Services Creating and Using a Client Service Proxy Communicating Over HTTP Directly The HttpWebRequest Class Raw Network Communication The Socket Class The SocketAsyncEventArgs Class Using the Socket Class Considerations for Using Networking Summary
CHAPTER 5 Working with Data
Displaying Data Data Binding Introducing the DataGrid Processing Data Parsing XML Serializing XML Using LINQ Saving State on the Client Summary
CHAPTER 6 Working with Media
Images Multiscale Images (Deep Zoom) Media (Video and Audio) Timeline Markers Silverlight Streaming Preparing an Application Packaging Images and Media18 Summary
CHAPTER 7 Extending the User Interface
2D Graphics Using Geometries Using Shapes Transforms Translation Rotation Skewing Scaling Arbitrary Linear Transforms Combining Multiple Transformations Brushes The SolidColorBrush The Tile Brushes The Gradient Brushes Summary
CHAPTER 8 Styling and Templating
Using Styles Using Control Templates Creating a Control Template Control Templates for Other Controls Developing a Templated Control Summary
CHAPTER 9 Animation
Animation Basics Timelines Storyboards and Animation From/To/By Animations Keyframe Animations Animating with Expression Blend Summary
CHAPTER 10 Dynamic Languages and the Browser
Introducing Dynamic Languages The DynamicApplication Class Creating a Dynamic Language Application Executing a Dynamic Language Application Developing with Dynamic Languages Interoperating with the Browser Summary
CHAPTER 11 Security
Security in the CoreCLR Application-Level Security Securing Information in Transit Securing Information with Cryptography Division of Responsibility Summary
CHAPTER 12 Testing and Debugging
Testing Unit Testing Automated User Interface Testing Debugging The Debugging Process Conditional Compilation Debugging with Visual Studio Handling Unhandled Exceptions Summary
CHAPTER 13 Packaging and Deploying Silverlight Applications
Client Considerations Silverlight Deployment Packages Hosting Silverlight on a Web Page Silverlight Versioning Custom Initialization Parameters Resources Silverlight and the Build Process Silverlight Assemblies Summary
CHAPTER 14 Advanced Topics
Threading The Thread Class Creating and Managing Threads The Dispatcher The BackgroundWorker Class Working with Shared Data Using Timers The DispatcherTimer The SystemThreading Timer Dynamically Loading Applications Summary
CHAPTER 15 Case Study: Campus Explorer
Application Features Design of the Application User Interface Design Data Representation Packaging of the Application Application Implementation Helper Methods XAML Organization MainPage Map.xaml Summary INDEX
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