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Professional Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET Developers by Chris Barker
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If you're an ASP.NET developer, you need "Silverlight 2.0 for ASP.NET Developers" for an introduction to Silverlight 2.0, which will help you accomplish tasks that would be difficult to complete with ASP.NET alone. Structured into two distinct parts, this book will show you the fundamentals, beginning with an overview and the architectural details, and describe how you can develop ASP.NET applications with Silverlight. Enhance, alter, update, or replace your store of existing ASP.NET techniques and reinforce your knowledge with chapter summaries and lab sessions, which show you how to apply what you have learned.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Silverlight Fundamentals for ASP.NET Developers. Chapter 1: Silverlight in a Nutshell. Uphill Struggle. Rich Client or Web Reach? Silverlight Steps In. The Impact of Silverlight on Your Existing ASP.NET Real Estate. What You Should Still Do in ASP.NET. The Development Environment Overview. Summary. Chapter 2: Silverlight Architecture. Client/Server Architecture Overview. Platforms. Architecture. ASP.NET Integration. Application Life Cycle. Summary. Chapter 3: XAML Condensed. Why All ASP.NET Developers Should Know the Basics. XAML Syntax and Terminology. Piecing It All Together. Summary. Chapter 4: Programming Silverlight. How a Silverlight Application Is Composed. JavaScript - How Much You Need to Know. JavaScript - The Basics. The Silverlight Object Model. Events, Threading, and Browser Interaction. Part II: Developing ASP.NET Applications with Silverlight. Chapter 5: Creating the User Interface. Expression Suite - A Whirlwind Tour. ASP.NET versus Silverlight Layout. Summary. Chapter 6: Silverlight Controls. Introduction to Silverlight Controls. Media Controls. Silverlight Toolkit Controls. Summary. Chapter 7: Styles and Templates. Styles. Templating. Integrating with ASP.NET. ImplicitStyleManager. Summary. Chapter 8: User Interaction. The Silverlight Interaction Context. Navigation. Summary. Chapter 9: Communicating with the ServerSilverlight Networking and Communication Features. Cross-Domain Support. Creating Services for Silverlight. Calling Services with Silverlight. Calling REST APIsSummary. Chapter 10: Working with Data. Data Framework. Data-Binding Essentials. Retrieving and Storing Data. Data Controls. Manipulating Data. LINQ. LINQ to XML. Validation Summary. Chapter 11: Creating Custom Controls. User Controls. Customizing Current Controls. Custom Controls. Summary. Chapter 12: Securing Your Silverlight Application. You're under Attack! The Security Model. Working in a Sandbox. Cross-Domain Security. Integrating with ASP.NET Security. Obfuscation. Cryptography. Summary. Chapter 13: Audio and Video. First Steps. Finer Control. Summary. Chapter 14: Graphics and Animation. Breathing Life into ASP.NET. Graphics in Silverlight. Image Handling. Animating Your User Interface. Summary. Chapter 15: Troubleshooting. Is There a Problem? Common Types of Problems. Your Toolkit. Reducing the Likelihood of Problems. Summary. Chapter 16: Performance. Performance Bottlenecks. Instrumentation. Improving Performance. Summary. Index.

Author Biography

Jonathan Swift worked as an Application Development Consultant for Microsoft in the United Kingdom for a number of years and now finds himself managing the team. This means that he spends most of his time traveling around the country helping clients utilize Microsoft developer technologies effectively. Jonathan has been programming for more than 13 years and has worked with numerous technologies, including but not limited to C, C++, Visual Basic, COM, COM+, SQL, ASP, and, of course, all aspects of .NET. As well as programming, Jonathan also spent part of his career working as a Microsoft Trainer, delivering the full suite of Microsoft Official Curriculum courses and specially-designed courses also. Jonathan tries to keep his blog ( up to date, but feels that writing a book is a very good excuse for not doing so. (Other popular excuses including playing the XBox and washing his hair.) When he's not working, Jonathan spends all of his time with his wife and kids, and occasionally gets to exercise his pilot's license at the flying club. Chris Barker works as an Application Development Consultant for Microsoft in the United Kingdom ( He spends his days traveling around the country visiting customers and consulting on development practices on the Microsoft platform. More recently, his interest has been captured by RIA development, and as a result, he has delivered several customer workshops on Silverlight. Away from the office, Chris likes to get out and about in his home county of Derbyshire, riding a bike, kicking a football, and sinking a few pints of real ale. Dan Wahlin (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Connected Systems) is a .NET development instructor and architecture consultant at Interface Technical Training ( Dan founded the XML for ASP.NET Developers web site (, which focuses on using ASP.NET, Silverlight, AJAX, and XML Web Services in Microsoft's .NET platform. He's also on the INETA Speaker's Bureau and speaks at several conferences. Dan has authored/co-authored numerous books over the years on .NET technologies with his latest being Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX and Professional Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET Developers. Dan also writes for several online technical newsletters, blogs at, and updates what he's up to from time to time at When he's not working with technology, he enjoys sports and writing and recording music to relax a little - Music/default.aspx. Salvador Alvarez Patuel has been in the industry for more than 13 years. Currently a senior application development consultant (ADC) at Microsoft, helping customers to architect and build complex solutions using Microsoft technologies in the United Kingdom. Salvador has also been delivering multiple technical sessions around EMEA on Windows Mobile development and has been answering questions on many ask-the-experts events. Before joining Microsoft, he was the main technical architect for real-time engines on popular auctions, TV channels, and the gaming industry. He holds a software engineering degree from his native Argentina and a specialization in artificial intelligence. When Salva is not thinking about ones and zeroes, he enjoys climbing, windsurfing, and recently trying to learn how to play golf.
Release date NZ
January 27th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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