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Pro Silverlight 5 in VB by Matthew MacDonald

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The Last Word

In this chapter, you took a tour through a simple XAML file and learned the syntax rules of XAML at the same time. You also considered two markup extensions that Silverlight uses to enhance XAML: the StaticResource extension for referencing resources and the Binding extension for connecting properties in different objects.

When you're designing an application, you don't need to write all your XAML by hand. Instead, you can use a tool such as Visual Studio or Expression Blend to drag and drop your pages into existence. Based on that, you might wonder whether it's worth spending so much time studying the syntax of XAML. The answer is a resounding yes. Understanding XAML is critical to Silverlight application design. Understanding ...

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