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					 Framework for building rich, browser hosted applications that can
  run on a variety of operating systems.


 Works through a browser plug-in.

 Silverlight
            pages can have interactive graphics, can use vector
  animations and play video and sound files.


 Aims  to combine the raw power and cross-platform support of
  Flash with a first-class programming platform that incorporates
  the fundamental concepts of .NET.


 Based  on a scaled-down version of the .NET’s CLR and allows
  developers to write client-side code using pure C#.
Advantage      of plugin model is that user needs to
  install just a single component to see content created
  by range of different people and companies.


Plugin installation requires a small download (approx.
  4MB) and forces the user to confirm the installation.


Once   installed, the browser can process any content
  that uses the plugin with no further prompting.
 Microsoft Windows (Minimum browser versions)
   IE 6.0, FireFox 1.5

 MAC (Minimum browser versions)
   FireFox 2 and Safari 3

 LINUX
    Does    not currently work on LINUX. Mono Team is
     creating an open source LINUX implementation of
     Silverlight 1 and 2, named Moonlight, being developed
     with key support from Microsoft.
 Silverlight   borrows WPF model for rich client-side user
  interfaces.


 Silverlight uses a subset of WPF.
    UI is defined using XAML markup.
    Borrows same basic controls and       styling system from
      WPF.
    Uses shapes, paths, transforms, geometries and brushes
      for drawing 2D graphics – all similar to WPF.
    Provides   a declarative animation model based on
      storyboards – similar to WPF.
    Uses   MediaElement class to show video or play audio
      – similar to WPF.
 Silverlight 1.0
    Included 2D drawing features and media playback support.
    No support for CLR and .NET languages.
    Coding was done using JavaScript.

 Silverlight 2.0
    Added the CLR and a subset of   .NET framework classes and
      a UI model based on WPF.


 Silverlight 3.0
    Same development model as Silverlight 2.0.
    Adds some selected group of features and       performance
      enhancements.
Visual Studio 2008 (With SP1)
  Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Silverlight 2 or 3
     which include Silverlight runtime and Silverlight
     SDK (SINGLE DOWNLOAD).
 Visual Studio 2008
    No graphical design time features.
    All markup needs to be written explicitly.

 Visual Studio 2010
    Has the same coding      support as VS 2008, but adds a visual
      designer that’s influenced by Microsoft Expression Blend.
    Supports drag and drop.

 Microsoft Expression Blend 3.0
    Provides rich support for creating Silverlight UI.
    Provides gradient fill effects for certain           type of user
      interfaces.
Ordinary web site with HTML pages
 Entry point to the Silverlight applicationis an
    HTML page that includes a Silverlight content
    region.


ASP.NET web site
 Contains 2 projects:      one which contains all the
    Silverlight Application files, and the other is the
    ASP.NET web site that is deployed along with the
    Silverlight files. The entry point for the Silverlight
    application can be a .aspx or a .html file.
 App.xaml and App.xaml.cs
    Used for configuring a silverlight application.
    Used for defining resources that will be made available to all pages
      in the application.
    Used  for reacting to application events such as startup, shutdown
      and error conditions.
    Also used for specifying the startup xaml file.
 MainPage.xaml
    Defines UI (collection of controls, images and text) for a page.
    Actually a user control inherited from UserControl class.

 AppManifest.xaml
    Lists assembly dependencies.
 TestPage.html
    Entry page that the user requests to start the Silverlight application.
      Can also be a .aspx page.


 XAP File (ZIP Archive)
    Silverlight   package that contains everything needed to deploy a
      Silverlight application, including the application manifest, the project
      assembly and any other assemblies that the application uses. This
      file is copied to the ClientBin folder in case of an ASP.NET web site.


The XAP file compresses the content. The content is not
decompressed until it reaches the client. This reduces the
time required to download the application. The XAP file also
simplifies deployment.
EverySilverlight project is compiled to a DLL file
 named after the Silverlight application.


This   project assembly is stored in the
 /bin/Debug folder along with a few other
 important files.


During  deployment, copy the XAP file along with
 the required .html or .aspx files (that includes a
 Silverlight content region) to the web server.
 Client requests a .html or a .aspx page.
 Browser downloads and processes the page.
 When it reaches the <object> element,      it loads the
  Silverlight plugin and creates the Silverlight content
  region.
 The plugin downloads the linked XAP file.
 The AppManifest.xaml file is examined        and the
  appropriate Silverlight application assembly (.dll) is
  loaded.
 The plugin then creates the App object.
 The App object triggers a Startup event     and the first
  Silverlight page is created.
 System.dll
    Contains additional generic collections and classes for dealing with
      regular expressions.
 System.Core.dll
    Contains support for LINQ.
 System.Net.dll
    Contains classes that support networking.
 System.Windows.dll
    Includes classes for building Silverlight UI   including classes that
      support animation and data binding.
 System.Windows.Browser.dll
    Contains classes for interacting with HTML elements.
 System.Xml.dll
    Includes classes for XML processing.
 System.Windows.Controls.dll

 System.Windows.Controls.Data.dll

 System.Windows.Controls.Data.Input.dll

 System.Windows.Controls.Input.dll

 System.Windows.Controls.Navigation.dll

These assemblies add new controls to the Silverlight
toolkit.
Creating a HelloWorld Silverlight Application.

Examining the .html / .aspx entry page.

Sizing the Silverlight content region.
A   layout is used for organizing content in a set of different layout
   containers.


 Layout is determined by the container being used.

A    Silverlight window can hold multiple containers, but only within a
   single root element.


 All  Silverlight layout containers are panels that derive from the
   abstract System.Windows.Controls.Panel class.


 Layout containers can be nested.

 Silverlight provides 3 Panel-derived classes that can be used to
   arrange layout.
 Stack Panel
    Places elements in a horizontal or vertical stack.

 Grid
    Arranges elements in rows and columns according to an invisible table.

 Canvas
    Allows elements to be positioned absolutely using fixed coordinates.

 WrapPanel
    Places  elements in a series of wrapped lines (left to right or top to
       bottom).


 DockPanel
    Aligns elements against an entire edge of a container.
Stacks its children in a single row or column.
Elements are arranged based on their order.
Default arrangement is from top to               bottom
  (vertical).
Elements  can be arranged horizontally by setting the
  Orientation property.
Child  elements can specify their own layout using
  layout properties – HorizontalAlignment or
  VerticalAlignment.
Different or same margins for each side of a control
  can be set using Margin property of a control within
  the StackPanel.
 The    first level container   nested   inside   the   root
    UserControl element.
 Separates    elements into invisible grid of rows and
    columns.
 Steps to create a grid:
    Choose the number of rows and columns.
    Assign the appropriate row and column          to each
      contained element.
   Grids are created by filling Grid.ColumnDefinitions
    and Grid.RowDefinitions collections.
   Attached properties like RowSpan and ColumnSpan
    can be used to make an element stretch over several
    cells.
Contains   splitter bars – draggable dividers that
  separate one section of a window from another.
Defined in System.Windows.Control assembly.
Must be placed in a grid cell.
Always resizes entire rows or columns and not   single
  cells.
To make it usable, set HorizontalAlignment=Stretch
  and VerticalAlignment=Center (for a horizontal
  splitter) and VerticalAlignment=Stretch and
  HorizontalAlignment=Center (for a vertical
  splitter).
To   actually see the splitter, set the Background
  property.
 Stretches controls against one of its outside edges

 Eg:  toolbars at the 
				
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