Introducing Silverlight 4

By Ashish Ghoda

Brings you up to speed with version 4 of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. The book builds off your understanding of the basics of .NET coding and WPF, allowing your journey to Silverlight 4 proficiency to be as quick and painless as possible.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-2991-9
  • User Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2010
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $39.99
  • eBook Price: $27.99
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Introducing Silverlight 4 brings you up to speed with version 4 of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. The book builds off your understanding of the basics of .NET coding and WPF, allowing your journey to Silverlight 4 proficiency to be as quick and painless as possible. The text highlights where coding techniques are similar to other, more established areas of the .NET framework. Likewise, when your existing coding habits lead you to a syntax or conceptual ’gotcha,’ the text points that out, too.

This book provides you with fast-track coverage of all the most important elements of the Silverlight 4 technology ranging from XAML to standard controls, from dealing with media to networking, from testing to deployment. It also reveals features introduced with Silverlight 4 and offers guidance on how to best utilize them. The book concludes with a pair of fully worked sample applications for you to follow through, because nothing reinforces your understanding of how concepts fit together as much as looking at finished code.

It is assumed that readers are already be comfortable with the workings of the .NET framework. Knowledge of Expression Blend is useful, but not mandatory: you’ll learn the Blend techniques that you need to know as you go through the book. By the end, you will have followed a sound, concise path to mastery of Silverlight 4.

What you’ll learn

  • Migrate your existing .NET skills to Silverlight 4 as quickly as possible
  • Learn everything you need to know to start developing quality Silverlight 4 applications with confidence
  • Explore worked case studies showing techniques and best practices in a code-heavy style that you can relate to
  • Understand the latest developments in Silverlight 4, including H.264 protected content, right-click event handling, a new printing API, and support for the Managed Extensibility Framework

Who this book is for

This book is for .NET developers, whether they are previewing .NET 4.0, already using .NET 3.5, or are in the process of migrating up from .NET 2.0. The aim is to ease people's migration paths as much as possible, so the text includes notes to highlight important features of .NET 3.5 and 4.0 that people need to be aware of and also to highlight where Silverlight’s working and syntax differs substantially from that of WPF.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Silverlight
  2. Silverlight Concepts
  3. Silverlight User Interface Controls
  4. Media Integration
  5. Network Communication
  6. Working with Data
  7. Extending User Experience of LoB Applications
  8. Styling and Templating
  9. Graphics
  10. Animation
  11. Advanced Silverlight Features
  12. Threading in Silverlight
  13. WCF RIA Services and Silverlight for Mobile
  14. Dynamic Languages and Dynamic NET for Silverlight
  15. Security
  16. Testing and Debugging
  17. Packaging and Deploying Silverlight Applications
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