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Compiling your first application


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Silverlight 5 Essential Training

with Walt Ritscher

Video: Compiling your first application

When you compile your Silverlight application, a number of critical actions are performed. Undoubtedly the most important step that compiler performs in verifying that your code is correct. Once that is finished, the compiler creates a Silverlight specific DLL. It is this DLL that is loaded by the Silverlight Runtime. It is rare these days to have a project so simple that all it needs is a simple Compiler Tool. Instead we create Build Automation scripts that control every step of the build process. Microsoft has their own sophisticated build tool called MSBuild, like other modern Build tools it uses an XML format for the script content.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 35m 0s
    1. Overview of Silverlight
      3m 29s
    2. Setting up a developer computer
      2m 46s
    3. Installing the Silverlight Toolkit
      2m 21s
    4. Exploring the toolkit samples
      2m 35s
    5. Using Visual Studio 2010 to create a Silverlight project
      5m 10s
    6. Using Expression Blend to create a Silverlight project
      3m 13s
    7. Getting to know the Visual Studio interface
      8m 15s
    8. Working in the Expression Blend interface
      7m 11s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio project structure
      3m 38s
    2. Creating a Silverlight page
      3m 17s
    3. Compiling your first application
      5m 0s
    4. Using other assemblies in an application
      5m 45s
    5. Deploying a Silverlight application
      3m 43s
    6. Understanding the startup process for an application
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding how users get Silverlight on their computers
      5m 10s
  4. 16m 59s
    1. Exploring the relationship between XAML and .NET
      3m 57s
    2. Using C#
      7m 16s
    3. Exploring the code-behind file
      5m 46s
  5. 43m 22s
    1. Working with XAML elements and Property attributes
      4m 56s
    2. Investigating XAML namespaces
      7m 31s
    3. Converting XAML properties with TypeConverters
      5m 1s
    4. Working with Property elements
      4m 24s
    5. Assigning runtime data with XAML markup extensions
      4m 21s
    6. Digging into the dependency property system
      6m 12s
    7. Creating a custom dependency property
      4m 42s
    8. Understanding attached properties
      6m 15s
  6. 9m 35s
    1. Debugging your code
      5m 17s
    2. Special Silverlight debugging techniques
      4m 18s
  7. 36m 0s
    1. Understanding layout
      4m 55s
    2. Using DockPanel and WrapPanel
      4m 2s
    3. Exploring sophisticated layouts with the Grid
      6m 40s
    4. Absolute positioning with the Canvas panel
      5m 20s
    5. Scrolling content with the ScrollViewer
      3m 28s
    6. Adjusting content alignment, margins, and sizing
      5m 6s
    7. Using the TabControl
      2m 17s
    8. Manipulating elements with transforms
      4m 12s
  8. 20m 32s
    1. Painting the user interface (UI) with SolidColorBrush
      6m 7s
    2. Getting colorful with gradient brushes
      3m 15s
    3. Decorating elements with ImageBrush
      4m 56s
    4. Creating effects with VideoBrush
      6m 14s
  9. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding routed events
      3m 12s
    2. Wiring up event handlers in Silverlight
      6m 4s
    3. Understanding event bubbling
      4m 39s
    4. Exploring mouse events
      7m 43s
    5. Exploring keyboard events
      4m 4s
  10. 32m 31s
    1. Displaying text on the screen
      3m 24s
    2. Gathering text input from the user
      5m 30s
    3. Showing complex text with RichTextBox
      6m 7s
    4. Understanding text overflow and text linking
      3m 14s
    5. Searching content with the AutoComplete type-ahead control
      6m 45s
    6. Using and embedding Silverlight fonts
      7m 31s
  11. 26m 47s
    1. Understanding content controls
      5m 7s
    2. Understanding button controls
      6m 16s
    3. Using the BusyIndicator
      4m 40s
    4. Showing tooltips
      4m 34s
    5. Changing content size with ViewBox
      1m 39s
    6. Exploring more controls
      4m 31s
  12. 55m 36s
    1. Connecting elements with binding
      9m 54s
    2. Using business data in a binding
      9m 21s
    3. Listing data with ItemsControls
      6m 39s
    4. Digging into the DataGrid
      8m 28s
    5. Using the DataForm
      3m 49s
    6. Storing data on the client
      7m 10s
    7. Debugging XAML bindings
      5m 41s
    8. Charting data
      4m 34s
  13. 24m 36s
    1. Creating an Out-of-Browser (OOB) application
      6m 16s
    2. Controlling aspects of an OOB application
      2m 49s
    3. Alerting the user with notification windows
      7m 13s
    4. Hosting HTML content in Silverlight applications
      8m 18s
  14. 30m 2s
    1. Exploring Silverlight trust levels
      3m 51s
    2. Creating an elevated trust application
      5m 57s
    3. Reaping the benefits of XAP signing
      6m 5s
    4. Making cross-domain calls
      5m 1s
    5. Getting started with COM Interop using the Speech API
      4m 21s
    6. Using COM Interop to interact with Microsoft Office
      4m 47s
  15. 16m 33s
    1. Showing child windows
      3m 48s
    2. Using a child window as a dialog window
      5m 7s
    3. Creating native windows
      2m 53s
    4. Maximizing a window with full screen mode
      4m 45s
  16. 13m 20s
    1. Dynamically loading UI content with user controls
      4m 46s
    2. Using the Navigation Framework
      8m 34s
  17. 9m 28s
    1. Using resource files
      3m 53s
    2. Using images in an application
      5m 35s
  18. 16m 32s
    1. Playing audio
      4m 27s
    2. Playing sound effects
      5m 4s
    3. Viewing video content with MediaElement
      4m 58s
    4. Changing video playback speed with TrickPlay
      2m 3s
  19. 14m 40s
    1. Capturing video with a web camera
      4m 16s
    2. Working with a microphone
      3m 47s
    3. Creating print output
      6m 37s
  20. 22m 35s
    1. Understanding Silverlight animations
      4m 35s
    2. Creating animations
      7m 52s
    3. Controlling animations
      4m 18s
    4. Simulating physics with animation easings
      5m 50s
  21. 27m 47s
    1. Placing XAML resources within a FrameworkElement
      6m 47s
    2. Centralizing settings in styles
      4m 8s
    3. Creating an alternate control UI with ControlTemplates
      6m 29s
    4. Dressing up your data with DataTemplates
      4m 33s
    5. Explaining the VisualStateManager: a simple way to manage control states
      5m 50s
  22. 10m 55s
    1. Handling global errors in a Silverlight application
      5m 46s
    2. Showing an application loading screen
      5m 9s
  23. 10m 48s
    1. Integrating with XNA
      7m 40s
    2. Exploring data analysis with PivotViewer
      3m 8s
  24. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Silverlight 5 Essential Training
8h 51m Beginner Mar 27, 2012

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Microsoft Silverlight 5 is a rich application framework for creating high-performance, cross-platform desktop and mobile applications. In this course, author Walt Ritscher demonstrates how to build a variety of applications in Silverlight, with particular focus on building compelling business applications and delivering premium video and audio content. Developers will work with the C# programming language and Visual Studio Professional, as well as Expression Blend, a tool that simplifies creation of the interactive user interfaces expected in modern-day applications.

Topics include:
  • Installing the toolkit and setting up the development environment
  • Using Expression Blend vs. Visual Studio 2010
  • Creating a Silverlight page
  • Compiling an application
  • Exploring the relationship between XAML and .NET
  • Using C#
  • Working with XAML
  • Digging into the Dependency Property System
  • Deploying and debugging code
  • Creating sophisticated layouts with panel elements
  • Managing Visual State with Visual State Manager
  • Transforming the user interface (UI) with templates
  • Understanding the event model
  • Working with text
  • Using business data in a binding
  • Creating an out-of-browser (OOB) application
  • Exploring trust levels
  • Playing audio and video
  • Handling errors
  • Exploring animations
  • Working with application windows
  • Integration with XNA
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Developer
Software:
Silverlight Visual Studio
Author:
Walt Ritscher

Compiling your first application

When you compile your Silverlight application, a number of critical actions are performed. Undoubtedly the most important step that compiler performs in verifying that your code is correct. Once that is finished, the compiler creates a Silverlight specific DLL. It is this DLL that is loaded by the Silverlight Runtime. It is rare these days to have a project so simple that all it needs is a simple Compiler Tool. Instead we create Build Automation scripts that control every step of the build process. Microsoft has their own sophisticated build tool called MSBuild, like other modern Build tools it uses an XML format for the script content.

You create the script that contains a set of instructions for the Build Tool. Instructions are arranged in the preferred build sequence. MSBuild then reads the build file and performs the tasks in the given order. There are hundreds of predefined tasks and if you can't find a task that you like, the system is extensible, which means you can create your own tasks. Under normal circumstances, Visual Studio creates the appropriate build steps for you. When you create a Visual Studio project, it generates an MSBuild file. You can open your CSPROJ file in a Text Editor and see the build instructions.

When you build your application in Visual Studio or an Expression Blend it calls MSBuild. MSBuild reads the build instructions contained in the CSPROJ and performs the requested build steps. One of these build tasks calls the Language Compiler. The Language Compiler then compiles your C# code into the finished executable. Even though it is really a build process, most developers still call it compiling the application. Let's go and see. I'm inside Visual Studio and I've opened the CompilingYourProject Solution. This is a simple Silverlight application that contains the default files.

If I want to compile as application or build as application using the correct phrase, I go to the Build menu and I choose Build Solution or Build the Project. This will run MSBuild. I can also use this keystroke Ctrl+Shift+B, let's do that. I just built my Solution. As the build's tasks are being processed, they will output information to this output window. I have the minimum output set, so I don't see a lot of details down here. Important line is down here where it says Build: 1 succeeded or was updated, I had 0 failed builds and I haven't configured Visual Studio to skip any of my builds.

If I have multiple project you might have one or two of your projects turned off during the build process for some reasons. Once you have compiled your application it generates some files that you can see. I'm going to go out to my file system and look at this. There is an easy way to see those files in Visual Studio. Go to Solution Explorer, right-click on your project and choose Open Folder in Windows Explorer. This shows my project files. It also shows some of the hidden folders, you do not see in Visual Studio, the obj folder and the Bin folder. Now when I compiled my application, I had the Debug configuration setting chosen.

We see it up here in the top of my Visual Studio window. There are two choices up here; Debug and Release. Since I had the Debug configuration set, it generated a subfolder underneath my Bin folder called Debug and that contains my five project files. If you'd like to see these in Visual Studio instead, you can configure Solution Explorer to show those to you. Return to Visual Studio, go to the top of your Solution Explorer and click on this button Show All Files. Now that Bin folder shows up, as a white ghost folder.

There's a reason why they don't show you the Bin folder normally, it's because the contents of this Bin folder are generated each time you do a build. We're going to open the Debug folder and talk about each of these files. The most critical of these files is your application DLL. This contains all your code for your application, and it is this file that is loaded by the Silverlight Runtime. If you're interested in debugging your application, you're going to want to have it generate the PDB file. PDB stands for Portable Debug and this contains the debugging symbols that are used by Visual Studio during a debugging session.

There is also an AppManifest.xaml file that contains information about your application. We'll look at that later, and there's also a file called CompilingYourProject.xap which is usually pronounced XAP. This is a compressed file that is downloaded to the user's computer. Since it is a ZIP file I can change this extension to ZIP and then double-click on it to see the contents. As you can see there are two files currently inside my compressed file. The last file I would like to talk about is TestPage.html.

In another movie I talked about how you can configure a Silverlight Stand-Alone project to use a test harness page. That is set in the Properties node under the Debug section. Right here it says Dynamically generate a test page. So this TestPage.html is the page that's generated because of this radio button selection. Let's see it. I'll press F5 to build my application, and also, start the application and attach a debugger. F5, my default browser loads and as you can see in the end of the URL is my TestPage.html.

With this movie I've shown you is that Visual Studio generates five different files for your output, every time you do a compile.

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Q: I'm trying to access a Silverlight 3D application template, [cid:image001.png@01CD0E7D.3E07ECA0]. I have already installed the Silverlight 5 SDK and my Visual Studio 2010 is professional. Could you please help me?
A: You must install XNA Studio in order to use the new Silverlight 3D templates. Otherwise the new templates will not show up. Download it at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=23714.

For other Silverlight downloads (the toolkit, developer runtime, etc.), see http://www.silverlight.net/downloads.
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