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Silverlight 5 in Action by Pete Brown

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Part 3. Working with data and services

Most Silverlight applications, especially business-oriented ones, need to interact with data. Oftentimes, that data comes from a remote service on an internal network or the public internet.

Part 3 looks first at how to use binding, an essential XAML feature, to communicate data from your data layer or model to the UI. You’ll also explore the features and controls that build on binding, such as the DataGrid and DataForm and data annotations. Wrapping up the discussion on binding, I’ll cover input validation and show you how to extend the validation system to perform your own data validation at the UI layer in a robust and reusable way.

Binding isn’t just about business data, so I cover the binding system ...

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