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Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration

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Gastón C. Hillar

Techniques, practical tips, hints, and tricks for Microsoft Silverlight 4 interactions with SharePoint 2010 in this book and eBook
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849680066
Paperback336 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Integrating Silverlight 4 with SharePoint 2010
Understanding the benefits of integrating Silverlight with SharePoint
Preparing the development environment
Preparing the server
Creating a Silverlight LOB (Line-of-Business) RIA
Adding a Silverlight Web Part
Summary
Chapter 2: Deploying and Debugging Techniques for Silverlight and SharePoint
Deploying a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
Debugging Silverlight and SharePoint
Summary
Chapter 3: Interacting with Data on the SharePoint Server
Managing data in a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating Dynamic Business Solutions
Accessing an external database in a Silverlight RIA included in a SharePoint solution
Interacting with workflows
Summary
Chapter 5: Working with WCF Data Services
Working with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
Consuming SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services from a Silverlight Web Part
Performing CRUD operations with SharePoint 2010 WCF Data Services
Debugging HTTP Requests with Fiddler
Analyzing Web Parts with SharePoint Developer Dashboard
Analyzing pages and Web Parts with SharePoint Developer Dashboard
Summary
Chapter 6: Interacting with Rich Media and Animations
Bringing life to business applications and complex workflows
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

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