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Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4

By Chris Anderson

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This book will guide you through the process of designing and developing enterprise-strength business applications in Silverlight 4 and C#. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of Silverlight to develop rich and robust business applications, from getting started to deployment, and everything in between.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-7207-6
  • User Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2010
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $49.99
  • eBook Price: $34.99
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Silverlight 4 has the potential to revolutionize the way we build business applications. With its flexibility, web deployment, cross-platform capabilities, rich .NET language support on the client, rich user interface control set, small runtime, and more, it comes close to the perfect platform in which to build business applications. It’s a very powerful technology, and despite its youth, it’s moving forward at a rapid pace and is gaining widespread adoption.

This book will guide you through the process of designing and developing enterprise-strength business applications in Silverlight 4 and C#. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of Silverlight to develop rich and robust business applications, from getting started to deployment, and everything in between.

In particular, this book will serve developers who want to learn how to design business applications, and introduce the patterns to use, the issues that you’ll face, and how to resolve them. Chris Anderson, who has been building line-of-business applications for years, demonstrates his experience through a candid presentation of how to tackle real-life issues, rather than just avoid them. Developers will benefit from his hard-won expertise through business application design patterns that he shares throughout the book.

With this book in hand, you will

  • Create a fully functional business application in Silverlight
  • Discover how to satisfy all of the general requirements that most business applications need
  • Develop a business application framework

What you’ll learn

  • How to structure your project to ensure a robust and maintainable application
  • How to create user interfaces with XAML and bind controls to data
  • How to communicate securely between the server and the client
  • How to view and maintain data within a Silverlight user interface
  • How to design unique user experiences and use advanced styling techniques
  • How to implement standard business application paradigms in Silverlight

Who this book is for

This book is for developers experienced in other .NET technologies, such as WinForms or ASP.NET, looking to translate their existing skills to developing business applications with Silverlight. Patterns and methodologies associated with building robust applications will be introduced and are not prerequisite knowledge.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1.  Introduction  
  2.  Getting Started with Silverlight  
  3.  An Introduction to XAML  
  4.  The Navigation Framework   
  5.  Exposing Data from the Server: Using WCF RIA Services  
  6.  Implementing Summary Lists   
  7.  Building Data Entry Forms   
  8.  Securing Your Application  
  9.  Styling Your Application  
  10.  Advanced XAML and Data Binding  
  11.  Creating Custom Controls   
  12.  The Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) Design Pattern 
  13.  Printing and Reporting  
  14.  Out of Browser Mode, and Interacting with the Operating System  
  15.  Application Deployment
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On page 1:
How about telling people how to connect the database in the first chapter? Why do a walk through with the login if it is going to fail? Am I missing something?
Please clarify where the instructions are to hookup to Adventureworks DB

On page 20-21:

The instructions for registration don't work. I filled out the form in Figure 2-5, clicked "OK", and got an HTTP exception" error. This is infuriating!!!