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PHP And Silverlight - DevDays session

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So you have an existing PHP application and would like to spice it up with a rich and attractive front-end. Next to Adobe Flex, you can also choose Silverlight as a solution. This session shows you around in Silverlight and shows that PHP and Silverlight can go together easily.

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PHP And Silverlight - DevDays session

  1. 1. PHP and Silverlight LEVEL 200 Maarten Balliauw & Kevin Dockx RealDolmen
  2. 2. Who are we? Maarten Balliauw – RealDolmen Kevin Dockx – RealDolmen E-mail: E-mail: maarten.balliauw@realdolmen.com kevin.dockx@realdolmen.com Blog: Blog: http://blog.maartenballiauw.be http://kevindockx.blogspot.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/maartenballiauw June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 2
  3. 3. Agenda • What is Silverlight? • Why Silverlight? • Why Silverlight and PHP? • Building an application using both • More on Silverlight • Q&A June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 3
  4. 4. What is Silverlight? • Rich Applications are the future, today – Adobe Flex – Microsoft Silverlight • Silverlight – “A framework for providing rich applications to the browser” – “A cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building and delivering the next generation of Rich Internet Applications for the web” June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 4
  5. 5. What is Silverlight? • 4-5 MB plugin – Download once, distributed through Windows Update – Also available on Linux (Moonlight) and Mac • Runs in browser, on the client – Internet Explorer – Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome • Subset of the full .NET Framework – Originated from Windows Presentation Foundation • Rich UI: XAML / .NET code: C# - VB.NET June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 5
  6. 6. Why Silverlight? • HTML / PHP / ASPX / AJAX – Best days are over… – Extending HTML (CSS 3, AJAX, …) – “like putting lipstick on a pig” • Silverlight – Stateful model – .NET Framework – UI Capabilities – Cross-platform June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 6
  7. 7. Why Silverlight and PHP? • Best of both worlds? • PHP – Rapid application programming – Ideal as back-end using JSON or SOAP – Re-use your existing PHP logic • Silverlight – Rapid user interface development – Create rich interfaces using a rich framework June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 7
  8. 8. Programming Silverlight • XAML – “an XML file that defines user interfaces” – Tool: Expression Blend (or Eclipse) • .NET – Rich framework offering endless possibilities – Tool: Microsoft Visual Studio (2008, .NET 3.5, SP1) (or Eclipse) • PHP – i.e. Zend Framework – Tool: Zend Studio (or Eclipse PDT)  Strong separation of UI design & logic June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 8
  9. 9. Getting started • Visual Studio 2008 SP1 • Silverlight Tools for VS2008 SP1 – VS2008 Updates – Project Templates – Runtime – SDK • Expression Blend 2.0 SP1 • Possibility: Eclipse4SL - http://www.eclipse4sl.org/ June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 9
  10. 10. • Under active development (ongoing) • Catching up Visual Studio 2008 Silverlight editing possibilities – But just like VS2008: still not the rich designer that Expression Blend is… • Currently Win & Mac • Next milestone: full SL debugging http://www.eclipse4sl.org June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 10
  11. 11. Why Eclipse4SL? • Allows Eclipse developers to build Eclipse Developer RIA with Silverlight • Allows Collaboration between – Web Designers Common Project – .NET Developers System Web – Eclipse Developers .NET Developer Designer (Java, PHP, ..) June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 11
  12. 12. Editing a Silverlight Solution DEMO June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 12
  13. 13. What about my data? • Silverlight does not include data namespaces (client tech)! • For most apps, this forces you to use a Service Oriented Architecture June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 15
  14. 14. Communicating (with data services) • Silverlight includes support for – WebClient, WebHttpRequest-classes – REST, JSON, SOAP, … – Windows Communication Foundation – … almost any kind of service can be accessed • Preferred way to communicate: through WCF – BasicHttpBinding June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 16
  15. 15. Zend Framework SOAP • Not 100% compatible WS-I Basic Profile 1.1  – http://www.ws-i.org/Profiles/BasicProfile-1.1-2004-08-24.html • WCF supports the ZF implementation • Silverlight doesn’t: subset of WCF • SOAP service should be possible with NuSOAP • Solution we used: JSON June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 17
  16. 16. Communicating with JSON-service • CrossDomain.xml / ClientAccessPolicy.xml – Tells SL it/who can access the service • Use WebClient • Add handler to completed event • Call service method (Async) June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 18
  17. 17. {Liquify} your brain BarTender - Communicating with service DEMO June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 19
  18. 18. BarTender - Communicating with service DEMO June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 20
  19. 19. Keywords when working with data • DataContext • DataBinding • INotifyPropertyChanged/CollectionChanged • ValueConverters June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 21
  20. 20. What else is there? • Localization • Isolated Storage June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 30
  21. 21. Resources: Silverlight Toolkit • Contains controls, components, utilities to use in SL apps (MS, source available) – AutoCompleteBox, different Panel controls, UpDown control, Treeview, Expander, … – Charting component – ImplicitStyleManager – Various themes included • http://www.codeplex.com/Silverlight June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 31
  22. 22. Resources: Blacklight • Contains components to use in SL apps, focussed on design (3rd party, source available) – Glass, DropShadow, InnerGlow, OuterGlow, Perspective Shadow, Radial Shadow Border – DragDrop Panel, Animated Layout Panel • http://www.codeplex.com/Blacklight June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 32
  23. 23. Resources • http://silverlight.net/ • http://codeplex.com/Silverlight • http://codeplex.com/Blacklight • http://silverlightdragdrop.codeplex.com June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 33
  24. 24. Questions and Answers June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 34
  25. 25. Next steps… • Since we are last today… • Go grab a beer! • Pay us a beer!  • Enjoy your day and weekend! June 1, 2009 PHP and Silverlight 35
  26. 26. http://blog.maartenballiauw.be http://kevindockx.blogspot.com

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