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Managing Data and Media in Microsoft Silverlight 4: A mashup of chapters from Packt's bestselling Silverlight books by Todd Snyder, Kevin Dockx, Gill Cleeren, Gastón C. Hillar

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Building a SharePoint Silverlight dashboard

Now that we have a good understanding of what the SharePoint platform offers and its support for hosting Silverlight applications, let's walk through building a Silverlight dashboard application that we will host in a SharePoint 2010 website.

Setting up our data source

To keep things simple, we will be using a SharePoint list as our sample's data source. In most real world scenarios, you would want to use the Business Data Catalog or deploy your own custom WCF services to the SharePoint server, and use SQL Server 2008 or another RDBMS to host your dashboard's data.

To create the data source for the dashboard, add a new list to SharePoint named products. After the new list is created, rename the title field ...

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