Silverlight 4.0 using VB.NET 2010

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Silverlight 4.0 makes it possible for developers to create rich, interactive applications delivered through a Web browser to nearly any client operating system, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. This course introduces the basics of creating and hosting Silverlight applications, working through many of the important controls, through binding Silverlight applications to live data. This course then moves beyond the basics to cover working through some more advanced controls, more graphic issues including shapes, geometries, brushes, transforms, and animations, through deploying Silverlight applications.

  • Introduce Silverlight 4
  • Compare declarative and procedural coding styles
  • Investigate the Silverlight designer in Visual Studio 2010
  • Learn about controls and events in Silverlight 4

  • Understand how the layout system works in Silverlight
  • See how to use various containers to control layout
  • See how to use alignment and sizing to control layout

  • Investigate Border, Button, CheckBox and RadioButton controls
  • View and enter text using TextBlock, TextBox and PasswordBox controls
  • Work with dates using the DatePicker and Calendar controls
  • Add visual flair using the Slider, ProgressBar and MediaElement controls

  • Learn how to use controls that enable users to select an item from a list
  • See how to add menus to applications
  • Explore controls that enable you to better organize content

  • Investigate XAML Resources
  • Learn about the hierarchy of resources
  • Work with resources programmatically
  • Organize resources with resource dictionaries
  • Experiment with XAML Styles
  • Apply Styles dynamically
  • Work with Style inheritance

  • Explore navigation in Silverlight applications
  • See how to build page-based applications that support navigation
  • Learn how to navigate using XAML and code
  • See how to use the Navigation Application project template

  • Learn to use Binding objects to bind data sources and targets
  • Add data converters to manage conversion during the binding process
  • Use data templates to modify the layout of bound data in lists

  • See how to retrieve data from a WCF service
  • Create common data bound forms
  • See how to display information from main and related tables

  • Explore how to use the DataGrid control to display data
  • See how to use the DataGrid control to edit data
  • Learn how to use the DataForm and DataPager controls to display data

  • Learn to use basic shapes: lines, ellipses, rectangles, and polygons
  • Add line caps and joins
  • Work with geometries and paths
  • Investigate the geometry mini-language

  • Work with solid, gradient, and image brushes
  • Add transparency effects, including opacity mask
  • Investigate built-in transforms
  • Add reflection effect using opacity mask and transforms

  • See how to deploy Silverlight applications
  • See how to deploy out-of-browser applications
  • Explore how to cusomize the installation of Silverlight

  • Compare Visual Studio and Expression Blend
  • Examine the Blend integrated development environment
  • Learn about Expression Blend’s designer panels
  • Integrate Expression Blend with Visual Studio
  • Create resources and set up element-to-element binding in Expression Blend

  • Understand how animation works in XAML applications
  • Examine animation, storyboard, and trigger objects
  • Learn to start animations in code
  • Work with DoubleAnimation, ColorAnimation, and PointAnimation objects
  • Examine properties of the animation classes
  • Try out various easing functions
  • Use Expression Blend to interactively create animations

  • See how to store data locally with isolated storage
  • See how to retrieve data from a WCF data service and work with it in a Silverlight application

  • See how to make cross-domain calls from Silverlight applications
  • Explore how to use the WebClient class to request data from Web Sites

This course assumes that students have some programming background and experience using Visual Studio 2010. This course assumes knowledge of a CLS language (Visual Basic), of the .NET Framework, and the current (or a prior) version of Visual Studio.
In this course, you will learn:
  • Investigate Silverlight application templates, designer and controls in Visual Studio 2010
  • Examine the Silverlight layout system
  • Work with each of the simple and more complex, Silverlight controls
  • Using styles and resources to create consistent, visually interesting applications
  • Extend binding to work with data
  • Investigate more of the built-in controls
  • Learn to create and use shapes and geometries, and the powerful Path element
  • Deploy Silverlight applications
  • Work with Expression Blend 4
  • Add animation techniques
  • Work with the DataGrid control

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