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silverlight The final release of Silverlight 4 has just been released by Microsoft and is available for free download. Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline.

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The purpose of this tutorial is to give you a sense of “what it is like” to build an ASP.NET MVC application. In this tutorial, I blast through building an entire ASP.NET MVC application from start to finish. I show you how to build a simple database-driven application that illustrates how you can list, create, and edit database records.

To simplify the process of building our application, we’ll take advantage of the scaffolding features of Visual Studio 2008. We’ll let Visual Studio generate the initial code and content for our controllers, models, and views.

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 Here is the latest in my link-listing series.  Also check out my ASP.NET Tips, Tricks and Tutorials page and Silverlight Tutorials page for links to popular articles I’ve done myself in the past.

ASP.NET

  • Building a Great ASP.NET AJAX Application from Scratch: Brad Abrams has a nice end to end application tutorial that shows off building an ASP.NET AJAX application from scratch. It covers ASP.NET, LINQ, Server and Client-side AJAX, the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, jQuery and more.  A great end to end read.
  • ASP.NET MVC and the new IIS7 URL Rewriting Module: Scott Hanselman has a great post that shows off using the new IIS7 Rewriitng Module (which is free and very, very cool) to deliver great SEO (search engine optimization) for sites built with ASP.NET and specifically ASP.NET MVC. 

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 Last week was our big PDC conference, and I’ve been busy catching up back at work this week.  I’m hoping to publish a bunch of new posts soon (including some on the PDC announcements we made).  Until then, here is the latest in my link-listing series.  Also check out my ASP.NET Tips, Tricks and Tutorials page and Silverlight Tutorials page for links to popular articles I’ve done myself in the past.

ASP.NET

  • Download Hotfix: False C# Compilation Errors for ASP.NET Code Behind Files with VS 2008 SP1: The C# team added support for live semantic errors with background compilation in VS 2008 SP1.  There were a few cases where this caused false errors to be shown with ASP.NET Web site projects.  You can fix these either by disabling live semantic errors (tools->options allows you to disable this), or by downloading a recent hotfix patch which is now public.  Omar Khan has a useful blog post with more details on it.
  • ASP.NET Patterns Developers Should Know: Alex Homer from the Patterns and Practices (PAG) team at Microsoft has a nice article that introduces a number of common design patterns (MVC and MVP, Repository, Singleton, etc) and how you can apply them within ASP.NET applications.  If you are interested in learning more about pattern based development I also highly recommend reading the Head First Design Patterns book (which has more than 250 positive reviews on Amazon).

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 I’m flying out later today on a pretty intense business trip (22,000 miles, 5 countries, 3 continents, 1 week, no sleep… :-), so my blog activity over the next week and a half will be pretty light.  To keep you busy till I return, here is the latest in my link-listing series.  Also check out my ASP.NET Tips, Tricks and Tutorials page and Silverlight Tutorials page for links to popular articles I’ve done myself in the past.

ASP.NET

  • Geolocation/Geotargeting Reverse IP Lookup Code: Scott Hanselman has a cool sample that demonstrates how to perform IP address lookups on users visiting your site to determine where they are located on the globe (down to the latitude and longitude).  Pretty cool stuff.
  • Tracking User Activity: Scott Mitchell has a nice article that discusses how to track end-user activity when visiting an ASP.NET web site.
  • iTunes Data Grid Skin: Matt Berseth continues his cool series showing off cool new skins you can apply to ASP.NET controls (especially the GridView and DetailsView controls).  This post shows off a pretty sweet iTunes like skin.

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This is the third in a series of posts on Silverlight. The text focuses on creating a basic interface for a Silverlight application and explores simple ways to work with Grid controls that are divided up into Rows and Columns.

So far, I’ve added the following posts to the Silverlight series:

Related Posts

Source Code

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In the previous post in this series, you learned how to create a simple animation with Silverlight. The next step is to learn how to create animated objects called sprites. This post will also explain how to ensure that a Sprite’s movement is restricted to a bounded area, as shown below in Application 1. Logic like this can be used in simple games, or in programs that want to use animation to capture or focus the user’s attention.

 

Application 1: Two sprites moving in a bounded area

The XAML

As shown below in Listing 1, the XAML for this application is very simple. A light green Grid hosts a TextBlock and a dark green Canvas named myCanvas. The Canvas contains a red and blue Rectangle named myRect and purple and blue gradient Image named myImage. The TextBlock, shown at the top of the application, display a string showing the width and height of the Canvas, and the current X and Y location of the Rectangle.

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