Book preview: Silverlight 4 User Interface Cookbook

Check out the new book “Silverlight 4 User Interface Cookbook” by Vibor Cipan:

This is the overview taken from the publisher site:

  • The first and only book to focus exclusively on Silverlight UI development.
  • Have your applications stand out from the crowd with leading, innovative, and friendly user interfaces.
  • Detailed instructions on how to implement specific user interface patterns together with XAML and C# (where needed) code, and explainations that are easy-to-understand and follow.
  • Real world projects which you can explore in detail and make modifications as you go.
  • Written by Vibor Cipan – Microsoft MVP for Expression Blend and WPF, and Silverlight UX specialist.

I’ve just received my copy and I’m looking forward to read it in the next days!

Book preview: Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration

Check out the new book “Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration” by Gastón C. Hillar:

This is the overview taken from the publisher site:

  • Develop Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint 2010 data and services
  • Explore the diverse alternatives for hosting a Silverlight RIA in a SharePoint 2010 Page
  • Work with the new SharePoint Silverlight Client Object Model to interact with elements in a SharePoint Site
  • Use Visual Studio 2010’s new features to debug Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint 2010
  • Learn to perform CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations on SharePoint 2010 lists from Silverlight
  • Access and interact with external data sources and WCF Data Services
  • Use themes and work with multiple interactive animations and effects to create distinct User eXperiences (UX) in a SharePoint environment
  • Develop Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint Visual Web Parts
  • A step-by-step, fast-paced book that guides you in implementing Silverlight 4 applications in SharePoint 2010 environments
  • A sample chapter is available for download here: Chapter No. 1 – Integrating Silverlight 4 with Share Point 2010

    I’ve just received my copy and I’m looking forward to read it in the next days!

    Windows Phone 7, Multi-Touch Behaviors and the Surface samples for Silverlight

    I’ve just finished some experiments using the Windows Phone 7 emulator and the “Microsoft Surface Manipulations and Inertia Sample for Microsoft Silverlightin order to enable Multi-Touch gestures using Blend Behaviors:

    WP7BehaviorExpression

    This new implementation, now available for download in the Expression Gallery, permits to enable Multi-Touch gestures (the usual translation, rotation, zoom and inertia) on separate User Controls available in the same container.

    In this way you can apply distinct Multi-Touch manipulations (inertia included) to single elements using a single code in xaml:

    <Grid x:Name="ContentPanel" Grid.Row="1">
      <Canvas>
          <Image Source="Images/Desert.jpg" x:Name="image1">
              <interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                   <WP7:MultiTouchManipulationBehavior IsInertiaEnabled="True" IsRotateEnabled="True" IsTranslateEnabled="True" IsScaleEnabled="True" MinimumScaleRadius="1" MaximumScaleRadius="720"/>
              </interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
          </Image>
    
          <Image Source="Images/Jellyfish.jpg" x:Name="image2">
              <interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                 <WP7:MultiTouchManipulationBehavior IsInertiaEnabled="True" IsRotateEnabled="True" IsTranslateEnabled="True" IsScaleEnabled="True" MinimumScaleRadius="60" MaximumScaleRadius="360"/>
              </interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
          </Image>
      </Canvas>
    </Grid>
    

    Alternatively you can use Blend inserting a reference to the project MultiTouch.Behaviors.Silverlight.WP7 and then dragging the MultiTouchManipulationBehavior from the Assets section to the  control to be touch-enabled:

    Multi-Touch Behavior Blend

     

    Considerations

    This one has been an interesting exercise in porting code written for Silverlight to Windows Phone: I had only to create a Windows Phone 7 project and add to it the code already available for the Silverlight version and all worked well quite quickly.

    Limitations

    At this time the behavior works only in the fixed Portrait orientation of Windows Phone: if you change to Landscape the manipulation doesn’t work well. I’ll have to investigate further and currently I don’t have a physical device to test (I’d really love to have a device to try it :)).

    Happy Silverlighting!

    Silverlight 4, MEF and MVVM: loading different “MEF Modules” in the same Container

    Today I’ve finally found some time to make modifications in the “MEF MVVM” project on Codeplex in order to:

    • create a new module using WCF RIA Services and dynamically load this it inside the “MEF module container” described in the previous post;
    • use the INavigationContentLoader interface and MEF Metadata to share the same container for the various “MEF Modules”;
    • use the new Cosmopolitan theme available for Silverlight Navigation applications;
    • refactor the code of the ViewModel base class using the one available in the latest Prism drops;
    • refactor unit tests inserting an apposite Mock service.

    MEFMVVMRIA
    The source code is available for download on Codeplex.

    Happy Silverlighting!

    Silverlight proof points: Smooth Streaming Technology, NBC Online Video Monetization and Highlights Creation for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    It’s now available a great technical whitepaper that highlights the usage of Silverlight Smooth streaming technology to stream live and on demand content for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    This Whitepaper goes into the technical details on how NBC in US inserted midstream ads and monetized the online content.

    This is a follow on to the 4 case studies that were published in May 2010 on how NBC USA, CTV Canada, France TV, and NRK Norway  have used Silverlight and Smooth Streaming technologies during the Winter Olympics.

    OlympicsWorkflow

    The Technical Whitepaper covers the following topics:

    A Solution Overview;

    Clip Creation and Ad Insertion;

    Rough Cut Editor;

    Inserting Ads, Ad Templates, Ad Logic;

    Ads delivered in VOD;

    Monitoring Ads.

     

     

    Click here to read the article and… Happy Silverlighting!

    Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook

    The new book “Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook” by Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx is now available: 

    This is the overview taken from the publisher site:

  • Design and develop rich data-driven business applications in Silverlight;
  • Rapidly interact with and handle multiple sources of data and services within Silverlight business applications;
  • Understand sophisticated data access techniques in your Silverlight business applications by binding data to Silverlight controls, validating data in Silverlight, getting data from services into Silverlight applications and much more!
  • Packed with practical, hands-on cookbook recipes, illustrating the techniques to solve particular data problems effectively within your Silverlight business applications.
  • I’ve just received my copy and I’m looking forward to read it in the next days!

    A sample chapter is available for download here.

    Slides and Code from my Silverlight 4 – MEF webcast

    Here you can find the sample code and slides (in italian) from my webcast around Silverlight 4 and MEF for the local XEdotNET user group.

    The samples contain the following topics:

    • Simple composition using the CompositionInitializer;
    • Multiple Exports;
    • Metadata;
    • Custom Attributes;
    • Dynamic object creation with ExportFactory;
    • Simple MVVM example using MEF;
    • MEF, MVVM and PRISM EventAggregator;
    • Dynamic XAP loading using DeploymentCatalog;
    • MEF, MVVM and Blend Sample Data.

    Hope this helps and Happy Silverlighting!

    Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginners Guide

    The new book “Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginners Guide” by Cameron Albert and Frank LaVigne is now available:

    This is the overview taken from the publisher site:

    • An introduction to building enterprise-ready business applications with Silverlight quickly.
    • Get hold of the basic tools and skills needed to get started in Silverlight application development.
    • Integrate different media types, taking the RIA experience further with Silverlight, and much more!
    • Rapidly manage business focused controls, data, and business logic connectivity.
    • A suite of business applications will be built over the course of the book and all examples will be geared around real-world useful application developments, enabling .NET developers to focus on getting started in business application development using Silverlight.

     

    I’ve just received my copy and I’m looking forward to read it in the next days!

     

    Update: review on Amazon

    I’ve just inserted a review on Amazon, you can read it here:

    A different approach for learning Silverlight

    The writing style is clear. The authors guide the reader in learning many topics about Silverlight by using practical examples, starting from the basics and arriving to Rich-Media, Deep Zoom, WCF RIA Services and an introduction to the Expression suite.
    The included source code for the WCF RIA examples is not updated for the latest version of the framework, however it can be easily upgraded to work with Silverlight 4 RTW.
    It’s not a complete reference to Silverlight 4 but it contains useful samples for real scenarios.”