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Silverlight 5 Ria Services Download |VERIFIED|

On December 9, 2011, Silverlight 5 was released. As always, RIA Services is included in the Tools for Silverlight, and this new release included our V1.0 SP2 final build. We refer to this as our RTW build, meaning Released-To-Web. In addition to the Tools installer including WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2, you can also find the standalone installer on Microsoft Download Center. The page was also updated to reflect the new release.

Silverlight 5 Ria Services Download


Note: this is unchanged from the previous version of Silverlight 5. -AD5E-4A32-BFF0-F3ED6C9C0200/enu/Silverlight5_Tools.exeThis download will install all components necessary for Silverlight 5 and WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 development. You can find the appropriate downloads below to update this to the Silverlight 5.1.20513.0 release.

In this example it is shown how to migrate Silverlight application to OpenSilver.If the project uses WCF RIA services then the beginning steps are the same but then compilation errors are expected.

Silverlight allows you to integrate with Windows Azure and create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on Windows Azure.This book shows you how to create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on Windows Azure.Integrating Silverlight and Windows Azure can be difficult without guidance. This book will take you through all the steps to create and run Silverlight Enterprise Applications on the Windows Azure platform. The book starts by providing the steps required to set up the development environment, providing an overview of Azure. The book then dives deep into topics such as hosting Silverlight applications in Azure, using Azure Queues in Silverlight, storing data in Azure table storage from Silverlight, accessing Azure blob storage from Silverlight, relational data with SQL Azure and RIA, and manipulating data with RIA services amongst others.

Once Visual Studio 2010 has been installed on your computer, the recommended way for installing the required tools and SDKs is with the Microsoft Web Platform Installer ( ). The web platform installer always lists the latest versions of the tools and SDKs, which save your time, trying to track them down. The web platform installer will also download and install any required prerequisites. The steps are as follows:

The best tool for deploying to and diagnosing Windows Azure is the official Microsoft Azure Tools for Visual Studio. These tools enable you to manage your Windows Azure services while you work with Visual Studio. Some of the functionalities provided are as follows:

The Azure Storage Explorer ( ) is a GUI tool for viewing and modifying the data in a blob, queue, and table storage within the Windows Azure Storage. The tool is useful for quickly creating folders and uploading files such as media, or for downloading log files for viewing. It is also valuable for debugging the messages waiting to be processed in a queue, or whichever data is present in a table.

4. Select the option to Create a New Affinity Group. On the next screen, when asked about the location where your services should be hosted, select one that is close to your physical location. For this example, South Central US has been selected. Creating a new affinity group allows you to group your services together at the same physical location. This is useful for making sure that the servers hosting and executing the Azure application are in the same data center as the storage accounts:

Ensure that while deploying an Azure application, the hosted service and the storage account are hosted in the same data center by using affinity groups. Having your services hosted in different data centers can cause a lot of latency in your application, as well as potentially cause you to be charged with bandwidth costs between data centers.

Just selecting a location for your service, without setting an affinity group does not guarantee that your services will be in the same data center in that location. Confirm that the affinity group is set on your services to avoid this.

2. This will bring up a new Publish Windows Azure Application dialog box as shown in the following screenshot. If you had previously configured your credentials, you could select them here. As this is the first time you are opening this dialog box, you will be required to configure your credentials. Click on Sign in to download credentials to begin the process:

RIA Services solves problems in n-tier application design for Silverlight applications by making it easier to serialize and stream objects across a network, sharing common validation among tiers, and automating asynchronous communication. To compare current development practices to what RIA Services offers, consider a common architecture, shown in Figure 1, using Web services to allow a Silverlight application to communicate with the server.

LoB application development is very much about managing data properly. In the Web services scenario in Figure 1, you can see how data management must be handled in each tier. Perhaps you have a framework that makes it easier to stream data across the wire, but you still have manual work to do in each tier to manage CRUD operations.

Looking at n-tier implementations with Web services and comparing that with RIA Services should give you an idea of the types of problems the RIA Services solves and the points of productivity to be gained. You now know what tools are available and how to build an RIA Services project. The discussion led you through the techniques used with Data Services to create a middle-tier set of components, holding BLL and DAL layers of your architecture. You then learned how to consume the Data Service via an auto-generated proxy in a Silverlight application. This should give you a good idea of the benefits of RIA Services and how it will help you build LoB applications faster with Silverlight 3.

The following tutorial will demonstrate the usage of WCF web services for creating a Silverlight application. The resulting Silverlight application will list the online alarms belonging to a selected type and/or group.

Click Advanced... to further configure the web service reference. In the Service Reference Settings, set the Collection type to System.Array. This setting will return all the collections from the web services as arrays. This step is needed only for this current demonstration. Other projects may require different collection types.

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Its a fairly direct competitor to Microsoft's SilverLight, and is a more mature platform than Microsoft's SilverLight. Granted it is less ambitious. For example you can only program in ActionScript on the client (which is compiled into a binary) and interact via JavaScript where as Microsoft's SilverLight 2 incarnation promises ability to program in numerous languages on both Client and Server. Both strive to bring the responsiveness of a desktop app to the web. Flex also has an advantage in that most user's have the Flash Player installed which is supported on most OS. SilverLight will require an additional 3-5 MB download and is supported on Windows/Mac by Microsoft and will be deployable on Linux/other Unix/PDAs Platforms via Novell's MoonLight implementation.

In fact, even though I couldn't attend in person, I signed into the TechEd site with my Windows Live ID and identified sessions I wanted to check out to develop my own little "virtual" schedule. (You can also quickly sign up for a TechEd account only). I checked off the events in which I was interested and they were added to "myTechEd Portal," from which I could download slides and watch videos.


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