Book excerpt: Silverlight 1.0 explained


Silverlight is both a programming model for developing and distributing Rich Internet Applications and a browser plug-in for delivering the media created with Silverlight.

Silverlight 1.0 is available now and supports JavaScript. Silverlight 1.1, currently in alpha, supports the use of dynamic .NET programming languages -- Visual Basic, IronRuby and IronPython -- as well as JavaScript for RIA development.

As its title implies, Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed focuses on the version available now. This book covers the basics of Silverlight programming, beginning with XAML, continuing on to static content like images and text and concluding with a section on "making your content come to life" with animation, audio and video.

Chapter 1, Getting Started, provides a welcome introduction to Silverlight 1.0. Author Adam Nathan begins by addressing some common questions, such as the differences between Silverlight and Flash and between Silverlight and WPF. He then demonstrates how to use the Object HTML element to manually embed Silverlight controls in an application. Nathan concludes with a section devoted to using the Source parameter to expose properties and events.

Read "Getting Started with Silverlight 1.0" in this PDF file.


Excerpted from  Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (ISBN: 978-0-672-33007-0) by Adam Nathan as part of the Unleashed series.
Copyright © 2007. Published by Sams Publishing and available at your favorite book seller. Reprinted with permission.

This was first published in November 2007

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