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Microsoft Silverlight. Will Jefferson. What is Silverlight?. “Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, desktop, and mobile devices.” -- from Microsoft website

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Microsoft silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight

Will Jefferson


What is silverlight
What is Silverlight?

“Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, desktop, and mobile devices.”

-- from Microsoft website

YES, sort of: DESKTOP means Out of Browser (OOB) (still webish)


Sounds a bit like adobe flash
Sounds a bit like Adobe Flash

Yes, and no… There is a lot of overlap between Flash and Silverlight

Think of Silverlight foremost as a business application builder, but it can do Flash-like stuff too…

Also think of Silverlight as being more of a delivery method than Flash…

Whereas Flash is more like the actual content (often games and advertisements) delivered via the web

Sliverlight is both a web delivery method and a framework for building business oriented RIAs


New but growing fast
New, but Growing Fast…

V1 – JavaScript-based, and bears little in common with the current release of Silverlight.

V2 – Allowed the use of VB.NET and C# and a subset of the .NET framework.

V3 – Additional capabilities for business developers including DataGrid and TreeView controls, various layout panels, and DataForm controls.

V4 – Input functionality such as mouse right-click and mouse scroll wheel support.

V5 – BETA – Additional graphics capabilities and 64 bit processor support.


Subset or superset
Subset or Superset?

Much of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Plus

Silverlight Extensions


It s microsoft only right
It’s Microsoft Only, Right?

PC

Mac

Linux

Windows 7 Phone (Tablet)

Some Nokia Phones


So you want to be a silverlight developer
So You Want to be a Silverlight Developer

Works right out of the box—sort of

VS Studio

Silverlight Download (1)

Silverlight Download (2)

Expression Blend








Xml part is easy enough
XML Part is Easy Enough

Create the XML file with Q & As

Drop the XML file in the Silverlight Resources Folder

Compile the Silverlight App

XML file is automatically embedded in the XAP!



Silverlight summary
Silverlight Summary

If you can do ASP.NET, you can do Silverlight

Animation directly in XAML

Funky .CS Code, extra Namespace Declarations

Easy to Publish

Painless if end-user does not have Silverlight PI



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