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Imran Shaik Silverlight Quintessential Rambling March 2008 Entries
XML Literals and Embedded Expressions
In our previous tutorial we have seen how we can use XML axis properties to consume XML returned from a web service in Silverlight applications, in this example however we will look at how XML Literals and Embedded Expressions can be used to easily write fast and efficient Web Services. *Note XML Literals and Embedded Expression are Visual Basic 9 Exclusive features you might need Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 installed. XML Literals and Embedded Expression are not limited to Silverlight/WPF ......

Posted On Sunday, March 30, 2008 6:45 AM

Silverlight 2 Beta 1 - Web Services in "New School" approach.
There might be a few samples of working with web services in Silverlight but I promise I'll keep you interested with VB.NET exclusive feature VB Literals. This is going to open a whole new way of looking and working with XML and Web Services. *Note: Don't attempt to do everything I do in this tutorial in C# (espcially consuming WebService in Silverlight 2) because you simply can't, C# or any other language doesn't have this feature, so stick to VB.NET for consuming you can use C# for the rest, I'll ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:17 AM

Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Tutorials Coming soon
I have been very busy lately with different projects and now I have a little bit of time on my hands to play around with Silverlight 2. As I have promised before loads of Tutorials are coming your way. So stay tuned. I am little late in blogging, so there are many tutorials already available, so I'll cut the long way and come directly to doing complex things in Silverlight, so if you are expecting "Hello World" in Silverlight then look else where. I will be posting tutorials in VB.NET, and if possible ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:30 AM

Dark side of Silverlight 2 Beta 1
Being a WPF developer and Silverlight enthusiast and early adopter of Silverlight I was very pleased when Microsoft employees (Tim, Scott, Jesse among others) said its going to be very close to WPF, that meant that I can reuse my WPF skills and apply them in Silverlight 2. And was waiting impatiently for Beta 1 of Silverlight 2, and when I hands on I, I was disappointed with it, I couldn't develop Silverlight applications because I was still struggling to find out what features of WPF is not in Silverlight ......

Posted On Sunday, March 16, 2008 6:14 AM

Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Initialisation - Deception
After we heard the news of Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 and the new "xap" architecture I blogged about why it would be better to initialise Silverlight objects independent of Silverlight DOM, but how right was I? Here are the new test results, just be on the safe side I ran the tests on IE8 (self proclaimed better browser) Figure 1: Browser Zoom at 100% Figure 2: Browser Zoom at 75% Figure 3: Browser Zoom at 50% Figure 4: Browser Zoom at 125% Figure 5: Browser Zoom at 150% Verdict: Deceived by Microsoft, ......

Posted On Sunday, March 9, 2008 1:10 AM

Vista Gradients Resources Pack 1
I have been busy with my project so I haven't really got a chance to play with Silverlight 2.0 as much as I wanted to, I had a look at it but thats about it. I'll be posting XAML Resources, VB.NET/C# source code, sample, example, videos, tutorials, media player skins (I have few of them) and almost everything but I have to get my hands dirty with Silverlight 2.0 first which I'll as soon as possible. But today you have the first instalment of Vista resources, I had them in Adobe Illustrator format ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:44 AM

Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Uri inconsistency
Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 is inconsistent with Uri Relative. Problem: In designing phase when you give URI relative address to MediaElement/Image or set any source from the code behind, the relative address is with the xaml/vb/cs file you are defining it in, for example, consider the following project In Page.xaml if you define the source, the preview shows the image, but when the application is run it doesn't show the image <Image x:Name="bg" Source="bg.jpg"/> Reason: The reason is the relative ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 5:14 PM

The day web changed is finally here!
Today by Hijri Calender is my birthday, and today is the day the web development has changed for the good, coincidence? perhaps symbolic? Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Downloads are here Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Plug in Rutime Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 SDK Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 (Includes SDK) Expression Blend 2.5 March Preview ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 5:52 PM

.NET Framework Libraries in Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1
Overview of Libraries in Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Download Chart PDF Format (56 KB) XPS Format (156 KB) NOTE: This is the overview of the base libraries of .NET Framework, complete libraries may/may not be available for Silverlight 2.0 Silverlight 2.0 Beta is huge compared to Silverlight 1.1 Alpha not just in terms of including the base libraries but also in providing extra sub classes within the libraries. For example, Silverlight 1.1 Alpha included only three sub classes ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 4:20 AM

Silverlight 2.0 Documentation on MSDN.

The party begins, Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Documentation is up on MSDN.

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:18 AM

Pre MIX Silverlight News
I came across some pre MIX Silverlight news, stakes are higher than ever and rewards never been better but is it the right way? 1. Microsoft of make Silverlight Offline Err What does it mean? It means that not only Silverlight application can be developed for the web but for the desktops as offline applications... which can be installed (ideally cross platform, love to see how they pull it off) it means build one application host it on the web or ship it for desktops, boy could stakes be even more ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 10:39 PM

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