Building a Silverlight LOB Application
Sat, Jan 15 2011 17:27
This is the first in a series of posts that will build a Silverlight Line of Business (LOB) application. This application builds a Student Management application for my company, InStep Technologies, Inc.
One of the goals for these posts is to find the right level of sample code that is complex enough to be useful, yet simple enough to understand and short enough to paste relevant code. So this example tries to keep the code as simple as possible and yet accomplish the application's requirements.
These posts use Silverlight 4.0 and the Silverlight Toolkit. So if you are going to work through these posts, here are the prerequisites:
1) Download and install Silverlight 4.
Visual Studio 2010 comes with Silverlight 3. You need to download and install the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 from here.
NOTE: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 comes with Silverlight 4, so you don't need to download and install it separately.
2) Download the Silverlight Toolkit.
This download provides many additional controls and themes. You can download it from here.
That's it. Now you are ready to dive into building a Silverlight LOB application following these posts:
Click on a link to navigate to the desired post.
NOTE: The Silverlight XAML code requires that namespaces be defined with an xmlns statement, similar to the Import statement (VB) and Using statement (C#). These xmlns lines are very long and do not wrap well went pasted into blog posts. For this reason, carriage returns were added to the xmlns statements in the posts in this series. However, THERE MUST BE NO EXCESS SPACES OR RETURNS in the xmlns quoted strings in the code. Otherwise you will get "does not exist in xxx namespace" errors.
EDIT 2/19/11: Added the note regarding the namespaces as per reader feedback. Thanks for the suggestion!
EDIT 2/25/11: Corrected a broken link.
EDIT 5/1/11: Added note regarding Visual Studio 2010 SP1.