Silverlight™ 4 Unleashed

Book description

Printed entirely in color, with helpful figures and syntax coloring to make code samples appear as they do in Visual Studio and Expression Blend!

Using Silverlight 4, you can build richer and more powerful applications than ever before, and deploy them seamlessly in browsers, on desktop computers, and even on Windows Phone 7. In Silverlight 4 Unleashed, Microsoft Silverlight MVP Laurent Bugnion covers everything you need to do all this, and much more.

The only full-color, example-rich guide to Silverlight 4 for experienced Microsoft developers, Silverlight 4 Unleashed illuminates the entire development process: from installing Silverlight tools to building great user experiences, managing data to optimizing application performance.

You’ll master core Silverlight features such as controls and properties; communicating with web services; efficiently creating data-oriented line-of-business applications; working with external frameworks, and more. Bugnion concludes by showing how to use advanced features such as 3D-like effects and multitouch to deliver an even smoother, richer experience.

  • Install and use Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio

  • Extend Silverlight applications with user and custom controls

  • Group, sort, filter, page, bind, and validate data

  • Take full advantage of the Model-View-ViewModel Pattern in Silverlight

  • Access Web resources and services

  • Control the application’s appearance with resources, styles, templates, and Expression Blend

  • Sketch user experience and build iterative prototypes by easily getting feedback from end users

  • Create data-oriented applications more easily with the WCF RIA Services framework

  • Adapt Silverlight desktop applications for Windows Phone 7

  • Integrate effects and media into your applications

  • Use Unity, MEF, and the MVVM Light Toolkit to write more maintainable, extensible software

  • Optimize performance by reducing download size and memory footprint, and increasing execution speed

  • Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Foreword
    6. About the Author
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Conclusion
    10. Introduction
    11. Chapter 1. Three Years of Silverlight
    12. Chapter 2. Setting Up and Discovering Your Environment
    13. Chapter 3. Extending Your Application with Controls
    14. Chapter 4. Investigating Existing Controls
    15. Chapter 5. Understanding Dependency Properties
    16. Chapter 6. Working with Data: Binding, Grouping, Sorting, and Filtering
    17. Chapter 7. Understanding the Model-View-ViewModel Pattern
    18. Chapter 8. Using Data Controls
    19. Chapter 9. Connecting to the Web
    20. Chapter 10. Creating Resources, Styles, and Templates
    21. Chapter 11. Mastering Expression Blend
    22. Chapter 12. Sketching the User Experience
    23. Chapter 13. Creating Line-of-Business Applications
    24. Chapter 14. Enhancing Line-of-Business Applications and Running Out of the Browser
    25. Chapter 15. Developing Navigation Applications and Silverlight for Windows Phone 7
    26. Chapter 16. Using Effects and Recording Media
    27. Chapter 17. New Transforms, Right Click, HTML Browser, WebBrowserBrush, and Isolated Storage
    28. Chapter 18. Drag and Drop, Full Screen, Clipboard, COM Interop, Duplex Polling, Notification Windows, and Splash Screens
    29. Chapter 19. Authentication, Event to Command Binding, Random Animations, Multitouch, Local Communication, and Bing Maps Control
    30. Chapter 20. Building Extensible and Maintainable Applications
    31. Chapter 21. Optimizing Performance
    32. Chapter 22. Advanced Development Techniques
    33. Index

    Product information

    • Title: Silverlight™ 4 Unleashed
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: October 2010
    • Publisher(s): Sams
    • ISBN: 9780132640589