I am pleased to announce the release of a new SharePoint and Silverlight Training Course. The training course contains 10 all new training units on building Silverlight applications for SharePoint. There are also 30 hands on labs that walk you step by step through all of the exercises. The course can be viewed online or downloaded as an offline version. The downloadable training kit also contains all of the PowerPoint decks. This enables you to deliver this course to you company or local user group. Download the Information Worker VHD to complete the hands on labs.
SharePoint 2010 includes several Silverlight components that enhance the out of the box functionality the SharePoint platform provides. SharePoint 2010 also includes several Silverlight components that allow users to create custom applications based on the SharePoint platform without writing any code.
There are several ways to integrate Silverlight applications with SharePoint web sites. Visual Studio 2010 may be used to create SharePoint Solution Packages to automate the deployment of Silverlight applications. The Silverlight Web Part Visual Studio Extensions automate the creation and configuration of projects and assets used to deploy Silverlight applications. Using sample data with Expression Blend improves the Silverlight design experience.
The SharePoint Silverlight Client Object Model (Client OM) allows developers to interact with SharePoint from their Silverlight application easily - without having to write and deploy server-side code and without having to depend on the SharePoint web services and their inherent limitations and complexity. This demo will show basic interaction between a Silverlight application and SharePoint list data - specifically focusing on creating, reading, updating and deleting SPListItems directly from Silverlight and without requiring any server-side code.
Silverlight applications can access SharePoint data and services using web services. Many SharePoint 2010 web services are available including Search. SharePoint 2010 Web Services increases the reach of SharePoint data and services.
Because Silverlight applications add rich functionality and enhance the user experience on SharePoint sites, they are frequently part of a custom branding solution. When you need to add a Silverlight application to all the pages in your SharePoint site, you will most likely add the Silverlight application to a master page. SharePoint Designer 2010 provides the features and tools you need to brand SharePoint sites and add Silverlight applications to master pages. This makes SharePoint Designer 2010 the perfect tool for power users who may not have experience developing solutions using Visual Studio 2010, yet still need to enhance the look and feel of their SharePoint sites with Silverlight applications.
Working in the cloud is becoming a major initiative for application development departments. Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud incorporating data and services.
Adding Silverlight's rich UI capabilities, along with the managed code and off-server client object model code, can produce a compelling user experience. Robust navigation is an important part of a highly usable site. Replacing the out of the box SharePoint navigation can help to increase user adoption of a new site by increasing the performance and functionality of the navigation.
Silverlight applications provide a rich interactive user interface in SharePoint 2010. A ClientAccessPolicy allows Silverlight to access a resources and services in a different domain. Silverlight and the Client Object Model can be used to access data anonymously. Some common methods used to query lists including GetItems are not allowed to be called by anonymous users.
Silverlight applications can run out of browser (OOB). Silverlight OOB applications hosted by the client can use SharePoint remote APIs to access SharePoint data and services. SharePoint sites may be localized for a specific region. Silverlight applications can be localized using resource files, resources and resource managers. This is native Silverlight.