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  • Microsoft SilverlightAn Introduction
    Mohammad Elsheimyhttp://JustLikeAMagic.com
  • Agenda
    What is Silverlight?
    Getting Inside
    Silverlight 5
  • The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt
    What is Silverlight?
  • 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.
  • Platform Support
    Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plugin.
  • Platform Support
  • 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.
  • RIA Platforms
  • RIA Stats
  • 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.
  • Why Silverlight
    It’s the main development framework for Windows Phone.
  • 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).
  • Silverlight vs. Flash
  • 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.
  • Rich vs. Reach
  • Silverlight Showcase
    Deep Earth (
    Hard Rock Memorabilia (
    Bing Maps Streetside (
    Fantasia (
    Nibbles Tutorials (
    Justin Angel (
    SilveOs (
    Silverlight Showcase (
  • Inside the Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
    Getting Inside
  • 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.
  • Designer vs. Developer
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Silverlight Architecture
  • Ramses II Temple, Abo Simbel, Egypt
    Silverlight 5
  • Silverlight 5.0
    Introduced in PDC 2010.
    Currently in Beta version, final release soon.
  • 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
  • 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
  • More?
    More about Silverlight 5 can be found here:
  • Thutmose III smiting enemies, Karnak, Egypt
  • Tools
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Egyptian forces crossing the Suez Canal on October 7
  • [February 2, 2011] Protesters do their prayer in Tahrirsq, Cairo, Egypt
  • 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.
    It’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Have a Question?
  • Evaluation
  • Mohammad Elsheimy
  • Thank You!