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  • 1.Microsoft SilverlightAn Introduction
    Mohammad Elsheimyhttp://JustLikeAMagic.com

2. Agenda
What is Silverlight?
Getting Inside
Silverlight 5
3. The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt
What is Silverlight?
4. Definition
Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications (RIA.) Its runtime is available as a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications for the web.
5. Platform Support
Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plugin.
6. Platform Support
7. Rich Internet Applications (RIA)
A Rich Internet Application (RIA) is a Web application that has the best user interface functionalities of desktop applications and web application.
8. RIA Platforms
9. RIA Stats
10. Why Silverlight
It's FREE.
It runs on all popular browsers, platforms, and devices.
It can be run in browser and as a desktop application.
Easy to create excellent UIs that looks "WOW".
Enables business application development.
Supports 2D/3D animations/graphics.
Natively supports CLR and .NET Framework.
Can be automated using JavaScript.
Supports a variety of media (audio/video) formats with streaming capabilities.
Supports a variety of rich controls including the DataGrid.
Supports a variety of enterprise technologies including WCF.
11. Why Silverlight
Its the main development framework for Windows Phone.
12. Deep Zoom
Deep Zoom is an open-source technology, provided by Microsoft and is part of Silverlight, allows users to pan around and zoom in a large, high resolution image or a large collection of images.
It reduces the time required for initial load by downloading only the region being viewed and/or only at the resolution it is displayed at. Subsequent regions are downloaded as the user pans to (or zooms into them).
13. Silverlight vs. Flash
14. Silverlight and WPF
Silverlight, formerly codenamed WPF/E (WPF/Everywhere), is a subset of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) with many other added features. *
* Windows Presentation Foundation (or WPF) is a graphical subsystem utilizing DirectX for rendering UI in Windows-based application. Developed by Microsoft and introduced as part of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0.
15. Rich vs. Reach
16. Silverlight Showcase
Deep Earth (
Hard Rock Memorabilia (
Bing Maps Streetside (
Fantasia (
Nibbles Tutorials (
Justin Angel (
SilveOs (
Silverlight Showcase (
17. Inside the Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
Getting Inside
18. Silverlight and XAML
Like WPF, user interface in Silverlight is declared in Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) and programmed using .NET Framework. *
* XAML (pronounced Zammel) is a declarative XML-based language created by Microsoft which is used to initialize structured values and objects. XAML elements are mapped directly to CLR objects.
19. Designer vs. Developer
20. Deployment Process
When you build your Silverlight application, the XAML markup, as well as the code and all other resources, is compiled into .NET assemblies which are then compressed using ZIP and stored in a XAP (.xap) file.
21. Deployment Process
The XAP file can then be hosted in a Web server and referenced by Web pages declaring the Silverlight plugin object.
When the user navigates to the page, the XAP file is downloaded to his PC and executed on the Web page by the Silverlight runtime.
22. Silverlight Architecture
23. Ramses II Temple, Abo Simbel, Egypt
Silverlight 5
24. Silverlight 5.0
Introduced in PDC 2010.
Currently in Beta version, final release soon.
25. Silverlight 5 Highlights
Hardware Video Decode
Better Power Management
Remote Control Support
Text and Printing:
Better Text Rendering
Full OpenTypeSupport
GPU Accelerated Graphics
3D Graphics Support
26. Silverlight 5 Highlights
XAML Debugging
Data Binding Improvements
Application Development:
Windows Azure Support
Testing and Performance:
Automated UI Testing
Faster Startup
Hardware Acceleration
64-bit Support
27. More?
More about Silverlight 5 can be found here:
28. Thutmose III smiting enemies, Karnak, Egypt
29. Tools
30. Whether you are designing rich standards-based websites, ultimate experiences on the desktop, or managing digital assets and content, Expression professional design tools give you the flexibility and freedom to bring your vision to reality.
Microsoft Expression Blend
Visual user interface builder for Silverlight and WPF.
Microsoft Expression Web
WYSIWYG website designer and editor.
Microsoft Expression Design
Raster and vector graphics editor.
Microsoft Expression Media
Digital asset and media manager.
Microsoft Expression Encoder
Profession media (video/audio) encoder.
31. Silverlight SDK
Silverlight 4 SDK
Silverlight 4 Tools for VS 2010
Includes support for WCF RIA services and more.
Silverlight 4 Toolkit
Some other essential components for Silverlight 4.
Silverlight 4 Runtime for Client
32. Egyptian forces crossing the Suez Canal on October 7
33. [February 2, 2011] Protesters do their prayer in Tahrirsq, Cairo, Egypt
34. Summary
Silverlight is a cross-platform application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications (RIA.)
Its runtime is available as a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in.
It's the main development framework for Windows Phone.
Its a subset of WPF so it depends on XAML for UI design.
You define the interface using XAML, and write the code using your preferred .NET language.
The XAML markup, as well as the code, is compiled into .NET assemblies and compressed into a XAP file.
35. Summary
The XAP file is then referenced by a prepared Web page and then downloaded to client's PC when he navigates to the page.
Version 4 is the current stable version of Silverlight.
Silverlight 5 is currently in beta and it will be released soon.
You use Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Expression Studio for developing and designing your Silverlight application.
Microsoft Expression Studio is preferred for you if you are a designer.
36. Have a Question?
37. Evaluation
38. Mohammad Elsheimy
39. Thank You!