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The Silverlight Tour Workshop is a three-day course on Silverlight 2. It divides the content into three distinct areas: Design, Development and the Server-Side. Students should be able to develop Silverlight 2 applications once attending the workshop.


 
Course Outline
The Silverlight Tour Workshop is a three-day course on Silverlight 2. It divides the content into three distinct areas: Design, Development and the Server-Side. Students should be able to develop Silverlight 2 applications once attending the workshop. The Workshop is structured with a mix of didactic lessons, demonstrations and hands-on labs. Each student will leave the workshop having created several small Silverlight 2 applications. This variety of learning techniques will ensure that all students become proficient in the technology quickly and in an exciting way.

Silverlight is about building Internet applications so experience building web applications is encouraged. In addition, since Silverlight utilizes .NET to build online experiences, familiarity with .NET is suggested. No specific experience with WPF or XAML is necessary.

Audience The Silverlight Workshop course is designed for both developers and designers of web applications.


Outline Day 1: Design

Introducing Silverlight 2
Why Silverlight
What is Silverlight
Use Cases
Hello Silverlight:
Hosting
Application Structure

Silverlight and .NET

UI Development Choices
Silverlight XAML
Layouts
Canvas
StackPanel
Grid
Border

Drawing with XAML
Shapes
Brushes
Text
Images
SeaDragon Images
Media
Geometries
Cursors
Fonts: Built-in, Custom Fonts, Extended Font Support

Resources and Styles

Sharing Look and Feel
XAML Resources
Styling XAML

Transforms and Animation
Understanding Transforms
Animating with XAML

Designing with XAML
Expression Studio
Working with Blend: Creating an Application, Working with Grids, Grouping, User Controls, Clip Regions, Resources, Templates
Working with Design: Using Clipart, Compositing with XAML
Visual Studio 2008: Creating an Application, Using XAML Designer, Working with Resources
3rd Party Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks

Day 2: Development


Development Model
Hosting Silverlight 2
Application Structure
Silverlight BCL
The Mini-BCL
What is Included?
What is Missing?

Navigating XAML
XAML Event Model
Working with Keyboards
Tab Order
Suppressing Tab
Understanding Focus
Keyboard Events

The Silverlight Host

Dynamic XAML
Custom Controls
User Controls
Custom Controls
Styles or Controls?

Interacting with HTML
Interacting with Script
Controls
Control Model
Simple Controls: TextBox, Watermarked TextBox, Calendar, DatePicker, Slider
Content Controls: Button, CheckBox, Radio Buttons, Popup, ScrollViewer
Complex Controls: ItemsControl, ListBox, DataGrid
Other Controls: GridSplitter, Tooltip

Data Binding
Binding Syntax
DataContext
List Binding
Data Templates
Master/Detail Binding
Using Converters

Template Styling
Overriding Templates
Built-in Templates
Template Parts
Template States

Advanced Development
Application Events
Startup and Shutdown
Error Handling
Media
Loaded Media
Streaming Media
Media Events and Media Markers

Silverlight and HTML
Interacting with HTML
Using CSS Layering
Cohesive Experiences

Resizing
Working with FullScreen and Browser Resizing

On-Demand Downloading

Using the Downloader
Batch Downloads

Threading
The Dispatcher
Using the Backgrounder
Asynchronous Execution

Isolated Storage

Saving Data Locally
Working with Quotas

Custom Splash Screens


Day 3: Server-Side

Integrating with ASP.NET
Preparing IIS for Silverlight
Hosting on ASP.NET Pages
Silverlight Control
Custom Controls

Optimizing Silverlight

Optional Display
Optimizing Size
Debugging Perf Issues

Server-Side Dynamic XAML
Using ASPX
Using ASCX
Using Handlers

Protecting IP

Communication with the Server
Data in the Client
Using LINQ
Consuming XML: XmlReader, Document Support, LINQ for XML

Using ASMX Services
Generating a Proxy
Calling a Service
Understanding Types

Using WCF Services
Generating a Proxy
Calling a Service
DataContract
KnownTypes
Configuration Issues

Using Astoria
Consuming a Endpoint
The Astoria Library

Silverlight Security
Public Sites
Private Sites
Security Policy
Forms Authentication

Using Sockets
Silverlight and AJAX
ASP.NET AJAX
ScriptManager
UpdatePanel
AJAX Control Kit
ScriptService
Comparison to WCF/ASMX

Reusable Controls
Creating the Control: Emit Hosting, ScriptManager Interaction, Properties, Events, ScriptResource, WebResource
Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

While experience building web applications can help you better understand how Silverlight works, no existing experience is necessary. No prior experience with WPF, XAML, ASP.NET, or VB/C# is necessary either.

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion


Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.


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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
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Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
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Good course, absolutely satisfied
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This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
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The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
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