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  • author  Walter Ferrari  /  released on  Nov 18, 2011
    Silverlight and Sharepoint Working Together: Ebook

    Product Description

    This ebook collects the first 3 parts of Walter Ferrari's SilverlightShow article series Silverlight and SharePoint Working Together. More parts coming soon. All customers receive an updated ebook copy within one day from a new chapter release.

    From the author: With this I am starting out a series focused on finding the best way to have these two technologies (Sharepoint and Silverlight) working together. In this ebook we will explore some possible ways to make Silverlight work with some of the features of Sharepoint including the less known ones.
    What we'll cover in this ebook:
    • Cover the three techniques to Silverlight in Sharepoint. Recently Microsoft came out with a Visual Studio extension to facilitate this process, details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pstubbs/archive/2011/04/04/add-silverlight-web-parts-to-sharepoint-using-new-visual-studio-extension.aspx 
    • Interaction between Sharepoint sites and Windows Phone 7: what is at disposal out of the box, what are the issues, how to build applications that take advantage from both the platforms etc
    • Sharepoint has a feature called "quick launch menu" which is a pre-build navigation system; the series will explain how to build a Silverlight menu which uses the same enigne of the "quick launch menu"
    • Experimenting Sharepoint with Silverlight 5 especially with regard to OOB apps

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  • author  Rajesh Lal  /  released on  Nov 11, 2011
    Tags:   silverlight-4 , animations , graphics , rajesh-lal
    Fun with Silverlight 4 Product Description 

    This book illustrates more than 100 features in Silverlight using a simple problem/solution approach. It takes one feature at a time and guides you in progressive journey where you begin by using the basic components, then by creating graphics and animations. You then create rich media applications on the client and web services, and delve into calling advanced Web services like AJAX, REST and WCF services from Silverlight. The book takes an example approach for all problems and features, and illustrates with class diagrams what objects and methods are used and how the elements of a Silverlight project are created in easy to understand format. In the Book * Design a Rich Internet Application * Extend the Control Framework * Create Compelling Graphics * Work with Animation * Extend the Browser Programming Model * Bring Data Visualization to the Web * Develop with ASP.NET and Ajax * Work with Web Services * Create Rich Silverlight Media Applications * Deliver Enhanced and Interactive Streaming Video Experiences The book assumes the reader has a basic understanding of web technologies and .Net programming languages, and is targeted at the intermediate to advanced Silverlight developer.

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  • author  Kevin Dockx  /  released on  Oct 21, 2011
    Authorization in Silverlight: Ebook

    Product Description

    This ebook collects the two parts of SilverlightShow article series Authorization in Silverlight, together with source code.

    From the author: As we know, Silverlight is very capable platform for building Line of Business applications today, both in and out of the browser. It’s come to the point that – at least in my experience – a lot of desktop applications are now built with Silverlight instead of WinForms, skipping over WPF completely.

    With that in mind, it’s pretty weird that there’s an essential part that seems to be missing: authentication & authorization. When you look at the Silverlight Core CLR, there’s not much there concerning this – although it’s a no-brainer for business and enterprise applications: you need to make sure certain parts of your application are only available to users that are authenticated or have a specific role. Sure, you can use the hosting web page & ASP .NET authentication to ensure only authenticated persons can reach your Silverlight application, but there’s no out of the box way to enable or block a user from navigating to a specific view in your application.

    Luckily, it only requires a little bit of coding and all in all: it’s quite easy to enable authenticated & authorized navigation in your Silverlight applications, mainly thanks to the introduction of a new class in Silverlight 4: the custom content loader.

    In this ebook, we’ll look into enabling scenarios to enable/disable certain parts of your application for authenticated users, and to automatically ask the user for his credentials if he’s trying to access a part of the application that requires him to be authenticated or to have a specific role.

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  • author  Gill Cleeren  /  released on  Oct 13, 2011
    Developing Real-world Applications with LightSwitch: E-book

    Product Description

    This e-book is based on SilverlightShow 8-part article series 'Developing Real-world Applications with LightSwitch’.

    From the author:

    In 2010, Microsoft announced LightSwitch, a product aimed at developing Line-of-Business applications with ease. In July 2011, the beta tag was finally removed from the product as Microsoft officially introduced Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 as a new member of the Visual Studio family. Many however are still unsure about the product. Questions crossing a lot of minds include “Is it something for me?”, “What can I do with it?”, “Where should I use it?”, “Is it more than Microsoft Access?”, “Am I limited to what’s in the box?” and quite a few more.

    For this reason, I have decided that a few articles should be in place to give you a clear understanding of LightSwitch. I won’t be saying that you should LightSwitch for this or that. Using a sample application we will build throughout the series, I will try giving you an overview of how we can use it to build a real-world application. By reading these articles, I hope you’ll be able to make up your mind whether or not LightSwitch is something for you.

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  • author  Peter Kuhn  /  released on  Sep 30, 2011
    Getting Ready for the Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599: E-book

    Product Description

    Microsoft's certification exam 70-599 for its new mobile platform is named "Designing and Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications" and has been published on July 14th, 2011. This ebook will try to bring you up to speed to take the exam, or can be used as a basis to plan your own, self-paced learning to prepare for the exam at a later point.
    The ebook is based on SilverlightShow's 5-part article series ‘Getting ready for the Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599'authored by Peter Kuhn. While the online article series gives references to external resources, here we have done our best to include those resources as full text, so you may enjoy the ebook while travelling, at places with no connection, on your desktop, etc. For each topic the author Peter Kuhn has picked the resource that best covers the material needed. Of 36 total selected resources, 33 have been published as full text, and the rest of the resources are still included as links due to lack of copy permissions or inability to reach the respective authors.

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  • author  Andrea Boschin  /  released on  Sep 29, 2011
    Windows Phone 7 Data Access Strategies: Ebook

    Product Description

    This e-book collects all 5 parts of SilverlightShow article series 'Windows Phone 7 Data Access Strategies' together with source code.

    From the author: In these five chapters I've deeply explored the tools and the network connectivity scenarios about security and availability. Windows Phone is for sure an effective platform that provides a good environment to access resources with a wide set of tools and, as Microsoft usually does, it is also simple to use. There are only a bunch of things you have to take care of, and it is important that you make the right choices.

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  • author  Tom Miller,Dean Johnson  /  released on  Dec 22, 2010
    Tags:   xna , gaming , windows-phone-7 , xbox , tom-miller , dean-johnson
    XNA Game Studio 4.0 Programming: Developing for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 Product Description

    Get Started Fast with XNA Game Studio 4.0–and Build Great Games for Both Windows® Phone 7 and Xbox 360®


    This is the industry’s best reference and tutorial for all aspects of XNA Game Studio 4.0 programming on all supported platforms, from Xbox 360 to Windows Phone 7 and Windows PCs. The only game development book authored by Microsoft XNA development team members, it offers deep insider insights you won’t get anywhere else–including thorough coverage of new Windows Phone APIs for mobile game development.


    You’ll quickly build simple games and get comfortable with Microsoft’s powerful XNA Game Studio 4.0 toolset. Next, you’ll drill down into every area of XNA, including graphics, input, audio, video, storage, GamerServices, and networking. Miller and Johnson present especially thorough coverage of 3D graphics, from Reach and HiDef to textures, effects, and avatars. Throughout, they introduce new concepts with downloadable code examples designed to help you jumpstart your own projects. 

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  • author  Bob German,Paul Stubbs,Matt Jackson  /  released on  Dec 03, 2011
    Tags:   sharepoint , bob-german , paul-stubbs , matt-jackson
    SharePoint 2010 Development with Silverlight Product Description

    Develop Visually Compelling, Easy-to-Use SharePoint® 2010 Business Solutions with Silverlight® 5!


    With Microsoft SharePoint 2010, developers can create richer, more compelling, and more efficient user interfaces than ever before. This book teaches experienced ASP.NET developers how to build them with Silverlight® 5: the easiest, cleanest way to get the job done. Two Microsoft insiders teach developers all the concepts and techniques needed to create robust solutions, and present fully-documented code that demonstrates superior design and programming.


    Bob German and Paul Stubbs draw on their extensive experience developing custom SharePoint solutions with Silverlight and presenting on these technologies at leading Microsoft developer events. They quickly review the fundamentals of both SharePoint and Silverlight development, and then demonstrate how to use both platforms together to build uniquely powerful solutions. They walk you through using Silverlight features built into SharePoint 2010; developing Silverlight web parts for SharePoint; using Expression Blend to prototype and visually design Silverlight applications; and accessing content from virtually any source. Next, you’ll put these techniques to work in building four start-to-finish solutions, ranging from a Windows Phone 7 mobile app to a cloud-based Office 365 offering.

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  • author  Jeremy Likness  /  released on  Mar 01, 2012
    Designing Silverlight Business Applications: Best Practices for Using Silverlight Effectively in the Enterprise Product Description

    While nearly one million developers now use Silverlight, most existing guidance remains simple and introductory. Enterprise developers need repeatable best practices and patterns to help them build line-of-business Silverlight solutions more quickly and effectively. This book delivers those practices and patterns, together with state-of-the-art Silverlight 5 code that demonstrates exactly how to use them. Two-time Microsoft Silverlight MVP and long-time Wintellect consultant Jeremy Likness draws on his unsurpassed experience building large-scale commercial applications with Silverlight. Likness guides readers step-by-step through building highly-scalable and modular Silverlight solutions that take full advantage of Enterprise Silverlight, Modular Silverlight, MVVM, and the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF). Throughout, Likness presents rich code examples in the context of real, production-quality Silverlight case study applications. His code and best practices solve a wide range of complex problems, including: *Transporting data more efficiently *Sharing behaviors between clients and servers more effectively and seamlessly *Creating modular extensions that load on demand *Debugging and profiling large-scale Silverlight systems more successfully. Code samples are written and tested with Silverlight 5 but many of the concepts are applicable to previous versions of Silverlight. Likness also provides a rich glossary and references for using Silverlight even more successfully

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  • author  Jonathan Marbutt,Robb Schiefer Jr.  /  released on  Aug 25, 2011
    Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Cookbook Silverlight has revolutionized development using Microsoft technologies. It is an excellent tool for mobile application development. The XAML-based markup and familiar C# code are the perfect combination for building apps efficiently and with minimum hassle.

    Packed full of recipes containing comprehensive instructions for the tasks required to build modern compelling smartphone apps using Silverlight.

    Starting with application design and architecture, you will quickly move on to more technical features and APIs you can implement to make your app stand out. You will use the Camera API to scan barcode, location services to pinpoint the user’s GPS coordinates and accelerometer to provide feedback based on movement of the phone. All of these features can be provided in a slick user interface through the power of Silverlight. Animations, behaviors and XAML provide all you need and more.

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