Silverlight - What Is It And How Can We Use It

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  • 1. Silverlight – What is it and how can we use it? Venketash (Pat) Ramadass Systems Architect & Managing Director emediaIT Email : pat.ramadass@emediait.com Blog: http://patramadass.emediait.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emediait
  • 2. Items we are going to Cover... • What is Silverlight and how has it matured? • How can we use it now? • Demonstrations of building simple Silverlight functionality • Some live examples • What are the plans for the future? • Questions
  • 3. What is Silverlight and how has it matured?
  • 4. What is Silverlight? • Formerly WPF/E – Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere • It is a cross browser, cross platform implementation of .NET • Aimed at creating the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the web • Client side install similar to Adobe Flash, i.e. a browser plug-in
  • 5. How has it matured? • 1.0 released in 2007 Capable of delivering rich media • JavaScript Support for Programmability • XAML Parser (Based on WPF) • 2D Vector Graphics/Animations • • 2.0 (Formerly 1.1) released in 2008 • Capable of delivering RIAs in addition to rich media • Support for .NET languages • Subset of .NET Framework • Suite of familiar controls • Web services • LINQ • Multi-threading • 3.0 beta released in March 2009
  • 6. Is it completely cross browser and platform? • 2.0 officially supports: • Windows Vista, Server 2003/2008 and Windows 7 beta • Internet Explorer 7/8 • FireFox 1.5, 2 and 3 • Windows XP • Internet Explorer 6/7/8 • FireFox 1.5, 2 and 3 • Windows 2000 • IE 6 • Mac OS 10.4.8 (intel based) and above • FireFox 1.5, 2 and 3 • Linux Support through Moonlight Project - Mono
  • 7. XAML, WPF and XAP • XAML • Extensible Application Markup Language, or XAML (pronounced quot;zammelquot;) • Used by WPF and Silverlight • Language used to describe visual presentation, similar to HTML • XAP • Pronounced “zap” • Compressed output file for the Silverlight application and includes: • AppManifest.xaml • Application Assembly • Other dependencies and DLLs • Loaded by web pages, similar to a .SWF object
  • 8. Siliverlight and the Web HTML / HTML / JavaScript .NET XAML / XAML / JavaScript .NET
  • 9. Siliverlight Architecture Silverlight 1.0 .NET for Silverlight Server Data WPF for Silverlight Silverlight 2.0 LINQ LINQ-to-XML Extensible Web Services ASP.NET Controls AJAX Legend REST Dynamic BCL POX Libs <asp:xaml> RSS Languages JSON Ruby Python Generic Collections SOAP <asp:media> s Common Language Runtime XAML UI Core Inputs Media Controls DRM 2D Vectors Images Keyboard WMV / VC1 Layout Media Animation Transforms Mouse WMA Editing Text Ink MP3 Presentation Core Integrated DOM JavaScript Networking Installer Integration Engine Stack Browser Host
  • 10. How can we use it now?
  • 11. Tools Required • Theoretically you can use any text editor etc to build these applications • To get the most out with high productivity: • Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 • Or Visual Web Developer Express with SP1 with various add-ons • Microsoft Expression Blend 2 (Or full Studio) - Optional • Service Pack 1 • Trial versions available • Download Silverlight Toolkit - Optional • Codeplex
  • 12. Demo: Hello World, Expression Blend and XAP
  • 13. Demo: Images, Audio and Video
  • 14. Demo: Layout Management
  • 15. Demo: Deep Zoom
  • 16. Some live examples
  • 17. What are the plans for the future?
  • 18. What are the plans for the future? • 3.0 beta released in March 2009 – Features include: • File Open/Save • Stream Based • Hardware acceleration • Use of GPU • Perspective 3D • Pseudo 3D • Adaptive Streaming • Bitrates depend on network factors • Additional Controls • DockPanel, WrapPanel, Expander, Label, TreeView etc • Applications can run outside of the browser • Install locally
  • 19. Some items not covered today • Data Retrieval and Binding • Custom Controls • Templates for look and feel • Use of Web Services • Using Dynamic Languages, such as Python and Ruby • Microsoft Expression Suite (Blend, Designer, Code, Media) • RIA Services – Pattern for creating RIAs
  • 20. Conclusion
  • 21. Conclusion • Sliverlight has matured greatly in the past 2 years • .NET Developers can easily use their existing skills • Rich media, Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) and even Line of Business Applications (LOBs) are already being developed using version 2.0 • Moonlight is a fast growing option if near total cross platform usage is an issue • Leading UI component developers such as Telerik and Infragistics are developing WPF and Silverlight components • Version 3.0 and beyond will add even greater functionality and ease of use, so the sooner we become intimate with this technology the better
  • 22. References • http://silverlight.net/ • Official Home Page • http://silverlight.net/GetStarted • Installs, Quick links and Tutorials • http://silverlight.net/showcase/ • Showcase of Silverlight applications • http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight • Moonlight • http://patramadass.emediait.com • This presentation, example code
  • 23. Questions? • Email : pat.ramadass@emediait.com • Blog: http://patramadass.emediait.com • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emediait