Chapter 35. The install experience and preloaders


This chapter covers
  • Handling “Silverlight not installed” scenarios
  • Creating a custom preloader or splash screen


An often-overlooked aspect of putting a plug-in-based application on the internet is the experience of a brand-new user. Truthfully, plug-in apps aren’t unique in this. I’ve seen many Windows client applications that depended on Registry entries or other files created during normal use but not present at first install. It’s easy to be sloppy about testing that scenario because it’s so far removed from our day-today lives.

Nevertheless, not everyone in the world has Silverlight installed on their machines, and not everyone has your application in their download cache. Anything ...

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