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Creating a Silverlight page

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Video: Creating a Silverlight page

Silverlight applications are often composed of many separate user controls. In this movie I'll show you how to add additional user controls to your project and how to change the startup control. I'm inside Visual Studio and I've opened this Solution called CreateSilverlightControl. Now, this is a simple Silverlight application and I've decided not to create the companion website. It has one user control in it called MainPage.xaml. Let me address the confusing default naming that occurs in Silverlight before I go any further. In the earlier versions of Silverlight, due to historical reasons, people often used the term Silverlight Pages.

Creating a Silverlight page

Silverlight applications are often composed of many separate user controls. In this movie I'll show you how to add additional user controls to your project and how to change the startup control. I'm inside Visual Studio and I've opened this Solution called CreateSilverlightControl. Now, this is a simple Silverlight application and I've decided not to create the companion website. It has one user control in it called MainPage.xaml. Let me address the confusing default naming that occurs in Silverlight before I go any further. In the earlier versions of Silverlight, due to historical reasons, people often used the term Silverlight Pages.

This is in keeping with the traditional names for Web items, for example, webpage or Java page. In reality, however, a Silverlight Page is a user control. The tradition has endured, and both Visual Studio and Expression Blend create user controls but name it MainPage. Let's see what I'm talking about. If I double-click on this MainPage.xaml file and look at this top line of xaml, you'll see that it says UserControl. So the type that is being used to generate this UI is a user control, even though it's named MainPage.

Now, to make things more confusing, you can go and add different kinds of UI elements to a Silverlight project. I'll right-click on my project and choose Add>New Item. Now, another way I could do this is to go to my Project Menu and choose Add>New Item. This lists some of the different kinds of items you can add to your project. Here is the Silverlight User Control, but look down here. There's also something called as Silverlight Page. The Silverlight Page is a special kind of control that's used with the Silverlight Navigation System. You have to use this with any Silverlight Navigation application.

There's also another kind of window called the Silverlight Child Window. For this movie I'm going to concentrate on this first one, Silverlight User Control. I'm going to create a brand-new User Control, I'm going to give it a better name than SilverlightControl1, I'm going to call this About, and then I'm going to click on the Add button. Over here in the Solution Explorer you'll see there is now a new node called About.xaml. If I double-click on it, it loads it into the Designer surface. Since I have two different Silverlight Controls, I have to tell the Silverlight engine which one to run as my startup.

Currently it's going to run MainPage.xaml; I would rather it ran About .xaml as my startup page. Before I do this, I would like add a text block to this so I can tell which control is which. To do that I can go to my Toolbox, take my TextBlock and drag it over to the Designer surface, and then, I can come over here to my Properties window and choose Text and type in new text, About. I'm going to change my startup control and the place that I do that is inside my App.xaml file. App.xaml is a global location for events and properties and settings.

I'm going to open up this node and then double-click on App.xaml.cs, and then in the Application Startup event procedure I'm going to change this Line 17 so it says the RootVisual for the Silverlight Application is no longer the Main control, but is the About control. I'm ready to see if this works. I will go to Build and compile my application, and then I'm going to run the application by pressing F5, which will run the application and attach the debugger. That's how easy it is to add your own user controls to a project.

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Silverlight 5 Essential Training

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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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