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Designing Silverlight Business Applications: Best Practices for Using Silverlight Effectively in the Enterprise by Jeremy Likness

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13. Out of Browser Applications

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR LOB CUSTOMER WANTS to log in to his application, only to find out he doesn’t have access to the Internet? It’s a common problem, especially for field agents who may end up in rural areas that lack cell coverage, let alone full Internet access. A common scenario for enterprise applications is the occasionally connected application, or one that will still function when no Internet connection is available but is able to synchronize to a server or take advantage of enhanced capabilities when the connection becomes available again.

Like most web pages, Silverlight applications are not available when the network is down. To address this, a new mode was introduced with Silverlight 3 to allow the ...

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