Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook by Gill Cleeren, Kevin Dockx

By Gill Cleeren, Kevin Dockx

Over eighty five useful recipes for developing wealthy, data-driven company functions in Silverlight * layout and strengthen wealthy data-driven enterprise purposes in Silverlight
* speedily engage with and deal with a number of assets of knowledge and companies inside of Silverlight company applications
* comprehend refined facts entry recommendations on your Silverlight enterprise functions through binding facts to Silverlight controls, validating info in Silverlight, getting info from companies into Silverlight functions and lots more and plenty more!
* filled with functional, hands-on cookbook recipes, illustrating the ideas to resolve specific information difficulties successfully inside of your Silverlight company applications

In Detail

Microsoft Silverlight is a programmable net browser plugin that permits positive aspects together with animation, vector images, and audio-video playback - positive factors that represent wealthy web purposes. although, Silverlight is a smart (and starting to be) Line-Of-Business platform and is more and more getting used to construct data-driven enterprise purposes. Silverlight info prone allow effective entry for your information, permitting you to attract on a number of resources of knowledge and resolve specific info difficulties. there's little or no latest fabric that demonstrates the best way to construct data-driven strategies with the platform. Silverlight three made a gigantic step into Line-Of-Business info companies and Silverlight four builds additional upon this. This ebook will permit .NET builders to get their finger at the pulse of data-driven enterprise purposes in Silverlight.

This publication isn't really a basic Silverlight 3/4 evaluation booklet; it truly is uniquely aimed toward builders who are looking to construct data-driven purposes. It specializes in displaying .NET builders easy methods to have interaction with, and deal with a number of assets of knowledge in Silverlight enterprise functions, and the way to unravel specific info difficulties following a pragmatic hands-on technique, utilizing real-world recipes. it's a useful cookbook that teaches you the way to construct data-rich enterprise functions with Silverlight that draw on a number of assets of information. many of the coated good points paintings either in Silverlight three and four. besides the fact that, we conceal a few which are particular for Silverlight four, with a purpose to for this reason now not paintings with Silverlight three. the place this is often the case, it's sincerely indicated.

Packed with reusable, real-world recipes, the publication starts off via introducing you to common ideas whilst programming Silverlight. It then dives deep into the realm of information providers, protecting the entire thoughts to be had to entry info and speak with companies to get the main out of information on your Silverlight company functions, when even as supplying a wealthy consumer event. Chapters hide facts binding, facts controls, the suggestions of chatting with companies, speaking with WCF, ASMX and relaxation prone, and lots more and plenty more.

By following the sensible recipes during this ebook, that are of various hassle degrees, you are going to study the innovations had to create data-rich company applications--from the production of a Silverlight program, to exhibiting info within the Silverlight software and upgrading your latest purposes to take advantage of Silverlight. each one recipe covers an information companies subject, going from the outline of the matter, via a conceptual option to an answer containing pattern code.

What you are going to study from this book
* demonstrate and validate information successfully in Silverlight company applications
* construct data-driven company purposes in Silverlight even more simply and lots more and plenty speedier utilizing facts binding
* understand while and the way to customise your info utilizing very important information controls inside of Silverlight
* detect how your Silverlight enterprise functions can speedy entry facts living in a database by means of calling net prone reminiscent of RSS, JSON, home windows Azure, and more
* alternate details among Silverlight consumers and WCF or ASMX prone on your Silverlight enterprise applications
* upload performance for your Silverlight enterprise purposes by means of harnessing leisure and WCF facts providers as an underlying platform for conversation through Flickr and Twitter
* Simplify your data-driven enterprise program improvement with WCF RIA Services
* Leverage your latest wisdom, purposes, and enterprise specifications of Silverlight through Integrating Silverlight into current enterprise applications

Approach

Written in a cookbook type, this booklet deals studying and strategies via recipes. It comprises step by step directions for builders who are looking to construct wealthy data-driven enterprise functions utilizing Silverlight. The booklet is designed in this sort of approach for you to consult with issues bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, or learn them in no specific order.

Who this ebook is written for

when you are a .NET developer who desires to construct expert data-driven purposes with Sliverlight, then this ebook is for you. easy event of programming Silverlight and familiarity with having access to facts utilizing ADO.NET in general .NET purposes is needed.

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Getting ready To follow this recipe, you can either continue with your solution from the previous recipe or use the provided solution that can be found in the Chapter02/SilverlightBanking_ Element_Binding_Starter folder in the code bundle that is available on the Packt website. The finished application for this recipe can be found in the Chapter02/ SilverlightBanking_Element_Binding_Completed folder. How to do it... To build the loan calculator, we'll use Slider controls. Each Slider is bound to a TextBlock using an element-to-element binding to display the actual value.

In the Properties window, give this ComboBox the name HotelComboBox and set the DisplayMemberPath property to Name. In the following screenshot, note that we are making use of the Search functionality within the Properties window. Simply enter part of the name of the property you are looking for (here displ) and Blend will filter the available properties. 8. With the ComboBox still selected in the Properties window, change to the Events view (top arrow in the next screenshot). In the list of events, double-click on the SelectionChanged event, so Blend will create an event handler (bottom arrow in the next screenshot).

The data that is used in data binding scenarios is in-memory data, that is, objects. Data binding itself has nothing to do with the actual data access. It works with the objects that are a result of reading from a database or communicating with a service. A typical example is a Customer object. ff A property on the source object: This can, for example, be the Name property of the Customer object. ff The target control: This is normally a visual control such as a TextBox or a ListBox control. In general, the target can be a DependencyObject.

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