To kick off our series, I wanted to focus on our goal of helping you focus on your business, not plumbing code.  The first place you will see this in the pre-build components in the Business Application Template.  It describes a prescriptive application structure, looks great and is easily customizable.  

 

After you have successfully installed Silverlight 4 for developers (which includes RIA Services) you will have a couple of new projects in the Silverlight section.  We are going to focus on the Business Application Template.

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Notice this creates a single solution with two projects.  BusinessApplication1 is the client part of the application and BusinessApplication2 is the server part.  These are related projects that know about each other.

 

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And by default you get the framework for a great looking, professional application

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The starter application is fully localizable and customizable.   For example, I want to change the name of the application from “Application Name” to My Foodie Explorer.  This is easily done in the Assets\Resources directory be editing the ApplicationStrings.resx file. 

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Check out a deeper walk through, it is a bit older, but it is still valid and Tim recently posted SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes such as:

Grayscale Silverlight Theme

enjoy!