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Aristides G Junior
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Aristides G Junior asked on 19 Dec 2008, 01:36 PM
Hi,

I'm new to silverlight and would like to start porting my asp.net apps to silverlight UI. I would like to know the initial steps to create a silverlight app, using asp.net and telerik silverlight controls.

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A.G.junior

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Serrin
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answered on 19 Dec 2008, 06:08 PM
Hey Aristides,

I'd definitely suggest starting on Silverlight.net to get you acquainted with the technology:

http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/

They have a wealth of information and tutorials to help you get started with, especially the series by Scott Guthrie.  You'll be able to see very quickly that there is a pretty big difference between ASP.Net and Silverlight and how you can and should approach apps, especially considering you're looking to port stuff over.  I'd say start playing around with the samples and tutorials on there before downloading the Telerik controls trial- once you're acquainted with the language then you'll really see the benefit and utility of some of the stuff in the RadControls suite. :)
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Steve Herold
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answered on 29 Dec 2008, 06:28 AM
Serrin, do you have any book recommendations for Silverlight and database applications?

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answered on 29 Dec 2008, 01:10 PM
Hi Steve,

Well, there is one book I've been using for reference that has definitely helped with the learning curve of Silverlight.  They have a really good section on the different types of data access you can do from Silverlight, namely their coverage of WCF (my current favorite method).  You can find that at...

Silverlight 2.0 in Action

Or... you can save yourself the trouble of ordering that for the time being and check out this blog by one of the Telerik people, it covers a simple setup for using WCF with Linq to SQL in Silverlight (this example being for TreeView):

Populating Silverlight TreeView from WCF Service with LINQ to SQL

That blog post will give you most of what you need to know currently for Silverlight data access in about 15 minutes, and with pictures. :)
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