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Understanding how users get Silverlight on their computers


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Silverlight 5 Essential Training

with Walt Ritscher

Video: Understanding how users get Silverlight on their computers

There are three possible scenarios when the user arrives at your website: they have the current version of Silverlight installed on their computer; they have a previous version of Silverlight installed on their computer; there's also the slight chance that they do not have any version of Silverlight installed. If they are not current, it only takes a few seconds to install the newest runtime and best of all, the Silverlight plug-in takes care of all the details. Let me show you what the install experience looks like on a computer without Silverlight. Now, I already have Silverlight installed in this computer and I'll bet you already have it on your computer too. So, I'll show you a way to test your applications to simulate not having Silverlight installed.
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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
Subject:
Developer
Software:
Silverlight Visual Studio
Author:
Walt Ritscher

Understanding how users get Silverlight on their computers

There are three possible scenarios when the user arrives at your website: they have the current version of Silverlight installed on their computer; they have a previous version of Silverlight installed on their computer; there's also the slight chance that they do not have any version of Silverlight installed. If they are not current, it only takes a few seconds to install the newest runtime and best of all, the Silverlight plug-in takes care of all the details. Let me show you what the install experience looks like on a computer without Silverlight. Now, I already have Silverlight installed in this computer and I'll bet you already have it on your computer too. So, I'll show you a way to test your applications to simulate not having Silverlight installed.

First, I'm going to open my Google Chrome browser and I've navigated to my shazzam-tool.com site. This is a Silverlight application, and as you can see, it is running in the browser. Now, I'll switch to Internet Explorer and in Internet Explorer I've loaded the same URL. What I have done in Internet Explorer is to disable the Silverlight plug-in. That is a good way to simulate not having Silverlight installed. To do this, you go to the Options menu>Internet Options and then go to Programs>Manage add-ons.

I like to view all add-ons and then scroll down to the Microsoft section and choose Microsoft Silverlight and then click on the Disable button. I've already done that. So, what happens when I go to this page is this is the simulated UI that the user would see if they were coming in without Silverlight installed. What they do then is click on this badge, click on Run and they're prompted with this Install Silverlight screen. At this point, they could click the Install Now button. After about 10 seconds it'll be installed on their local computer.

I'm going to cancel this process. Some companies like to rebrand this user interface with their own look. Let me show you an example. Here's the Netflix website. I've clicked on their instant queue and I want to watch this movie. It has detected that I don't have the Silverlight plug-in installed, so they showed this custom UI. It's a much nicer looking interface but it works about the same. You click on this Install Now button and you see the same steps you saw a few minutes ago. Let me re-enable the plug-in. I'll show you what happens. Click on Enable and then Close and then OK, go back to my Shazzam site, click on Refresh and now it detects that I do have the plug-in installed and it's ready to go.

Now let me show you how you can write your own custom UI in your own Silverlight application like Netflix did. I'm inside Visual Studio and I've opened this solution called EndUserInstall. This has a Silverlight application and it has a Companion website. It's the Companion website that we're interested in. First, I'll show you the default look. I'm going to open this NotInstalled_ DefaultLook and I'm going to make this my startup page by right-clicking and choosing Set as Start Page. This is an HTML page that has a Silverlight object tag embedded in it and then the key thing here for this demo is which version of Silverlight is it looking for? Down here it says the minimum runtime version expected is version 5.0.

That's the current version as of the recording of this video. There's also a link down here that takes you off to the Microsoft website and notice how it has the version number embedded in it too. So, when you click on the Install link, it takes you off to the Microsoft servers and it finds the correct or the newest version of Silverlight and installs that version. Let's see what this looks like. I'll press F5 to run the application and there's my simple Silverlight application. Now, to simulate a future version, what I can do is change the version number. So, let me open up this HTML page here and scroll down to the User Control and what I've done on line 67 is change the minimum runtime value to a bogus version number.

There's no version 8 yet. I've also modified this link to the Microsoft servers. So, now when I run this page by pressing F5, the browser loads the Silverlight runtime. The runtime checks the version number and sees that it's not available and takes me to this prompt screen asking me to install the more recent version of Silverlight. So, it's saying you have version 5 but you need a newer version. It's not actually telling to use which version number but it's implying that I need to install a newer version. Now, to create my own screen here, what I do is I have to modify little bit of my HTML.

So, let's set this as my start page. Now the first thing I did in my plug-in, in this object tag, is I set this parameter "autoUpgrade" value="false". Now, it'll know longer show the default UI. I've set the bogus number here, so it's asking for a future version, and when it detects that this is not available, it's going to go and load my JavaScript code up here. So, there's a function up here called onSilverlightError. This fires when it detects an error on the page. I'm looking for this particular ErrorCode 8001, which is the one that says I don't have the right version of the Silverlight installed.

I then populate this variable with some HTML. This is what it looks like when you run. As you can see, it's got a custom message, a custom logo, and this link points off to the Microsoft servers where I can go down and load the latest version. So, as you can see we can allow the plug-in to generate the Install page or we can customize the page with our own look.

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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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