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SharePoint 2010 Development with Silverlight (Microsoft .Net Development Series) [Kindle Edition]

Bob German , Paul Stubbs
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Book Description

This book is for every SharePoint developer who wants to build state-of-the-art solutions with Silverlight—within the enterprise, for consulting clients, or for commercial sale.


Developers increasingly want to build rich applications that run in the SharePoint 2010 browser user interface while offering a far more compelling and engaging experience than conventional web pages. One proven technology gives them all the tools and resources they need to achieve these goals: Silverlight®. Using Silverlight and SharePoint together, developers can create state-of-the-art applications that utilize Silverlight’s outstanding user experience, and fully leverage the vast collections of business data already stored in corporate SharePoint deployments. In SharePoint 2010 Development with Silverlight, two SharePoint gurus collaborate to teach all the concepts and techniques needed to create robust Silverlight solutions for delivery through SharePoint 2010, and present fully documented code that demonstrates superior design and programming.


Bob German and Paul Stubbs draw on their extensive experience developing custom SharePoint business solutions with Silverlight and presenting on these technologies at leading Microsoft developer events. Writing for both experienced and new SharePoint developers, they quickly review the fundamentals of both SharePoint and Silverlight development, and then demonstrate how to use both platforms together to build uniquely powerful solutions. These include:

• Simple and connected Silverlight Web Parts (Chapter 5) and Silverlight Web Part Editing (Chapters 7 and 10)

• Advanced use of the SharePoint Client Object Model including dynamic loading, paging, and server-side exception handling (Chapter 8)

• Use of SharePoint’s REST API including paging, caching, and filtering (Chapter 9)

• Integration with SharePoint search and social networking (Chapter 10)

• Solutions that improve performance and reduce server traffic by passing serialized .NET objects on the web page (Chapter 7)

• Use of SharePoint’s JavaScript API with JQuery (Chapter 7)

• SharePoint applications for Windows Phone 7 (Chapter 12)

• Integration with Office 365 and Windows Azure™ services (Chapter 14)

• Silverlight field types in SharePoint, featuring a mapping field that allows geocoding SharePoint content (Chapter 15)


Including New Features in Silverlight 5

Silverlight 5 introduces a number of new features such as implicit data templates and debugging data binding that can be very helpful in SharePoint solutions. All the examples in this book have been tested with Silverlight 4; some have been extended to showcase the new capabilities in Silverlight 5. See Chapter 3 for a list.



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About the Author

Bob German, Technology Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Waltham, MA, has developed for SharePoint since it was called Site Server 3.0 in the late 1990s. At the MTC, Bob helps customers strategize and create SharePoint solutions that fit their business and technology needs. His blog can be found at


Paul Stubbs, Microsoft’s Senior Technical Evangelist for SharePoint, is active in the SharePoint, Office, and Silverlight development communities. He often speaks at Microsoft events, such as TechEd, PDC, and SharePoint Conference, and is a regular presenter at DevConnections. His blog on advanced SharePoint development topics can be found at

Product Details

  • File Size: 9068 KB
  • Print Length: 609 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006K0B9EA
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have done a lot of SharePoint custom development and I see Silverlight as the answer to the horrible web part programming model Microsoft has made available in SharePoint. I have yet to see anyone write SharePoint web parts that aren't spaghetti code. Every major web part implementation I have seen has been a big ball of mud, and I have seen a lot. I moved to Silverlight for web parts as soon as I could. It is a great programming model.

Microsoft continues to play the top secret game with regards to Silverlight so rumors of lack of browser support in the next year or two are being allowed to flourish. I am not willing to tell customers they should spend a year or two investing in Silverlight just so they can start over when they finally start reaching maturity. So for now, because of Silverlight, SharePoint custom development is off my future list of recommendations as well.

So then, why read and recommend this book? The current enterprise I am working in uses Silverlight for web part development. There is no plan to change that. If for some reason I end up in another enterprise that wants custom web parts developed and they want me to do it, it will be in Silverlight or nothing. Although it appears Microsoft has abandoned Silverlight, until they offer something along the same lines for SharePoint web part development I am sticking with Silverlight.

Because of that, I decided to purchase this book. I am now really glad I did. It is a great book.

The book is broken down into three parts. I have listed them and the chapters they contain below.

Part 1 Getting Started - Getting Started with SharePoint and Silverlight, Introduction to SharePoint Development, and Introduction to Silverlight Development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hot off the presses is Bob German and Paul Stubbs SharePoint and Silverlight book. The credibility of these guys is off the map. Bob German has been around in the SharePoint world since the earliest of days. He's a great friend and has huge credibility inside and outside of Microsoft. Highly recommend his blog at [...] In addition, Paul Stubbs has been at the core of the development evangelism camp. He's done some great things for uniting the SharePoint development community. You can check out his blog at [...]
As the world is anxious on their bets around Silverlight, this book puts a firm stake in the ground on SharePoint 2010 and says go for it. With client object models and working with RESTful service it becomes a great way of working with SharePoint both in the enterprise space and with Office 365 in the cloud. Really this book could easily say working with data and SharePoint and while the title wouldn't be as catchy it would be really sharing the goodness that's in here. The book isn't exclusively about Silverlight at all. That's my key take away. You could say you'll never use Silverlight and LOVE the heck out of this book. Mastery of the client APIs and cloud APIs could definitely takes a leap forward with this book. If you are looking for hard core examples of doing real development outside the build a server solution box, this is where you should look.
The guys do address the HTML 5 question right at the beginning of the book. The ability to build rich business applications in the browser with Silverlight has a proven and mature track record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have January 2, 2012
By Erik
Great reference on using Silverlight inside SharePoint. Goes much deeper than a general SharePoint development book can and addresses many topics that will make applications look better (ribbon integration, connected webparts for example), more robust (server side exception handling in csom) and faster (html bridge, paging, csom loading). A lot of practical development (coding) advice, but also describes larger solutions (navigation, cloud) that show examples of more complex architectures.

It has primers on both technologies, starting with how to install SharePoint and a Silverlight introduction, so you may end up skimming through the parts you're already familiar with, but if you've never seen Silverlight code before you might want to pick up a book on that.
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