Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration


Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration
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  • Develop Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint 2010 data and services
  • Explore the diverse alternatives for hosting a Silverlight RIA in a SharePoint 2010 Page
  • Work with the new SharePoint Silverlight Client Object Model to interact with elements in a SharePoint Site
  • Use Visual Studio 2010's new features to debug Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint 2010
  • Learn to perform CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations on SharePoint 2010 lists from Silverlight
  • Access and interact with external data sources and WCF Data Services
  • Use themes and work with multiple interactive animations and effects to create distinct User eXperiences (UX) in a SharePoint environment
  • Develop Silverlight RIAs that interact with SharePoint Visual Web Parts
  • A step-by-step, fast-paced book that guides you in implementing Silverlight 4 applications in SharePoint 2010 environments

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : July 2010
ISBN : 184968006X
ISBN 13 : 9781849680066
Author(s) : Gastón C. Hillar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Microsoft Servers, Enterprise, Microsoft, .NET, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Silverlight, Web Development


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Integrating Silverlight 4 with SharePoint 2010
Chapter 2: Deploying and Debugging Techniques for Silverlight and SharePoint
Chapter 3: Interacting with Data on the SharePoint Server
Chapter 4: Creating Dynamic Business Solutions
Chapter 5: Working with WCF Data Services
Chapter 6: Interacting with Rich Media and Animations
Index
  • Chapter 1: Integrating Silverlight 4 with SharePoint 2010
    • Understanding the benefits of integrating Silverlight with SharePoint
      • Creating a SharePoint solution
    • Preparing the development environment
      • Setting up the development environment
      • Discovering the rich controls offered by the Silverlight Toolkit
      • Browsing themes with sample controls
    • Preparing the server
      • Browsing SharePoint Site collections
    • Creating a Silverlight LOB (Line-of-Business) RIA
      • Creating rich User eXperiences (UX)
      • Building a Silverlight 4 RIA
    • Adding a Silverlight Web Part
      • Adding a Silverlight RIA as a shared document
      • Adding a Silverlight Web Part to display a Silverlight RIA
      • Working with many Silverlight Web Parts in a single page
      • Understanding client and server code
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Deploying and Debugging Techniques for Silverlight and SharePoint
    • Deploying a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
      • Creating a list of tasks in SharePoint
      • Browsing SharePoint lists and fields with Visual Studio
      • Creating a Silverlight RIA to be linked with a SharePoint module
      • Working with the asynchronous methods and callbacks
      • Working with the ClientContext object
      • Linking a SharePoint module to a Silverlight RIA
      • Understanding the default deployment configuration
    • Debugging Silverlight and SharePoint
      • Debugging Silverlight Web Parts
      • Taking advantage of Visual Studio 2010 multi-monitor support
      • Understanding 32-bit and 64-bit differences
      • Understanding scalability
      • Preparing applications for multiple-browser support
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Interacting with Data on the SharePoint Server
    • Managing data in a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
      • Working with the SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Client Object Model to insert items
      • Inserting items in a SharePoint list with the Silverlight Web Part
      • Working with successful and failed asynchronous queries
      • Retrieving specific information about fields
      • Creating complex LOB applications composed of multiple Silverlight RIAs
      • Interacting with multiple Silverlight Web Parts in the same page
      • Understanding Line-Of-Business systems as independent Web Parts
      • Expanding LOB systems with delete operations
        • Understanding how to delete an item from a list
      • Expanding LOB systems with update operations
        • Updating an item in a list
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Creating Dynamic Business Solutions
    • Accessing an external database in a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
      • Creating a new database
      • Creating a new external content type to access data in a SQL Server database
      • Browsing a SharePoint list with external content and its fields
      • Interacting with external data sources using the SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Client Object Model
      • Specifying the fields to include in a CAML query for an external list
      • Consuming Business Connectivity Services from a Silverlight Web Part
      • Understanding security issues related to Business Connectivity Services
      • Impersonating BCS calls
      • Applying dynamic filters in a CAML query
      • Running Silverlight RIAs as Out-of-Browser Applications
    • Interacting with workflows
      • Attaching a workflow to a list of tasks in SharePoint
      • Inserting and approving items in a list with an attached workflow
      • Using a Silverlight RIA to display a SharePoint workflow's status
      • Understanding workflows' status fields
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Working with WCF Data Services
    • Working with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
      • Querying SharePoint 2010 lists in a web browser
      • Working with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services to display data from a list
    • Consuming SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services from a Silverlight Web Part
    • Performing CRUD operations with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
      • Deleting an item from a list with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
      • Updating an item in a list with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
      • Working with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services to insert items
      • Using LINQ to objects to perform joins
    • Debugging HTTP Requests with Fiddler
    • Analyzing Web Parts with SharePoint Developer Dashboard
    • Analyzing pages and Web Parts with SharePoint Developer Dashboard
      • Activating the Developer Dashboard On Demand display mode
      • Understanding the Developer Dashboard
      • Deactivating the Developer Dashboard
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Interacting with Rich Media and Animations
    • Bringing life to business applications and complex workflows
      • Creating asset libraries in SharePoint 2010
        • Adding content to an assets library
        • Browsing the structure for SharePoint Asset Libraries
      • Controlling the rich media library by using controls in a Visual Web Part
      • Creating a Silverlight RIA rendered in a SharePoint Visual Web Part
        • Linking a SharePoint Visual Web Part to a Silverlight RIA
      • Adding a SharePoint Visual Web Part in a Web Page
        • Organizing controls in a containing box
        • Reading files from an assets library
      • Working with interactive animations and effects
      • Adding and controlling videos
        • Video formats supported in Silverlight 4
        • Adding and controlling sounds and music
        • Audio formats supported in Silverlight 4
      • Changing themes in Silverlight and SharePoint
    • Summary

Gastón C. Hillar

Gastón C. Hillar has been working with computers since he was eight. He began programming with the legendary Texas TI-99/4A and Commodore 64 home computers in the early 80s. He has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from which he graduated with honors, and an MBA from which he graduated with an outstanding thesis. Now, he is an independent IT consultant and a freelance author always looking for new adventures around the world. To date he’s written more than 40 books in Spanish, and for Packt Publishing has written “C# 2008 and 2005 Threaded Programming: Beginner's Guide”. He usually writes articles for Spanish magazines Mundo Linux, Solo Programadores and Resistor. He contributes to Dr. Dobb's Go Parallel programming portal http://www.ddj.com/go-parallel/ and he is a guest blogger at Intel Software Network http://software.intel.com Gastón C. Hillar is the author of "Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration".
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What you will learn from this book

  • Develop and host Silverlight Rich Internet Applications in SharePoint 2010 Pages
  • Deploy and debug a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution by using the new SharePoint deployment features offered by Visual Studio 2010
  • Take advantage of Silverlight 4 features to create rich UX for SharePoint solutions
  • Work with asynchronous SharePoint requests and queries, and debug their execution
  • Retrieve information from SharePoint lists, workflows, and libraries
  • Use Silverlight applications to read, insert, update, and delete items from SharePoint 2010 lists and external data sources
  • Combine external data sources in SharePoint 2010 and interact with them through Silverlight
  • Create Web Parts that host multiple Silverlight applications
  • Create Visual Web Parts that render Silverlight applications
  • Consume SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services in Silverlight applications
  • Use Silverlight multimedia controls and features to display information to users taking advantage of the processing power offered by their client computers
  • Enhance the responsiveness offered by SharePoint 2010 Visual Web Parts by transforming them into Silverlight Rich Internet Applications

In Detail

Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for the Web, desktop, and mobile applications. Integrating Silverlight RIAs in SharePoint 2010 offers amazing opportunities to combine the power and flexibility offered by SharePoint. It is easy to create great user experiences when you have a step-by-step guide to implement Silverlight 4 applications on SharePoint 2010 sites.

This book is not a primer on Silverlight 4 or SharePoint 2010. This book focuses on the integration of Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 and provides step-by-step guidelines for implementing Silverlight RIAs in SharePoint. It is filled with real-world examples that depict the various techniques for interacting with data and services provided by this powerful business collaboration platform, for the enterprise and the Internet. As you sit reading this, you might have already started thinking about the benefits of implementing multiple Silverlight applications in a SharePoint environment. This book will help bring those thoughts to fruition.

This book begins with the fundamental concepts of integrating Silverlight 4 with SharePoint 2010, such as the preparation of the development environment to create applications using Silverlight 4 and the addition of one or more Silverlight RIAs to a SharePoint site. Then, it moves on to the SharePoint Silverlight Client Object Model world, using step-by-step examples to combine a Silverlight application and a SharePoint module. It also covers methods to deploy and debug the Silverlight application while it runs as Silverlight Web Part in a SharePoint page. The book teaches you to take advantage of the new features offered by Visual Studio 2010 to browse SharePoint lists.

Once the reader has control over the SharePoint Silverlight Client Object Model and its asynchronous operations in Silverlight applications, it is time to access external databases through the new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and interact with workflows. Then, the book explains to perform CRUD operations by consuming the new SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services in Silverlight. In the end, you'll learn to utilize Silverlight 4's rich media features to add effects and interactive animations to images and videos, thus offering the final touches to the Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 integration learning experience.

By the end of this book, you'll learn to take advantage of the unique features offered by Silverlight in order to create impressive UX that interact with SharePoint 2010.

A hands-on guide packed with real-world examples for integrating your Silverlight 4 applications in a SharePoint 2010 environment.

Approach

This is a practical book with step-by-step guidelines to integrate Silverlight 4 applications in a SharePoint 2010 Server environment. This book focuses on the integration of the two technologies and is not a primer for any of the individual technologies. It offers clear examples to successfully perform the most important integration tasks.

Who this book is for

If you are an application developer who wants to implement Silverlight 4 applications within a SharePoint 2010 environment, this book is for you. We assume that the reader has prior knowledge of Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 and this book focuses more on the integration of Silverlight with SharePoint 2010.

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