Creating a Simple Silverlight Page

As you've already learned, every Silverlight page includes a markup portion that defines the visual appearance (the XAML file) and a source code file that contains event handlers. To customize your first Silverlight application, you simply need to open the MainPage.xaml file and begin adding markup.

Visual Studio gives you two ways to look at every XAML file—as a visual preview (known as the design surface) or the underlying markup (known as the XAML view). By default, Visual Studio shows both parts, stacked one on the other. Figure 1-4 shows this view and points out the buttons you can use to change your vantage point.

Figure 1-4. Viewing XAML pages

You can start designing a XAML page by selecting a control ...

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