Silverlight LOB Forms

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on how different types of layout controls can be used
make the tools and the framework do the heavy lifting for us in our Silverlight Development. Karl
Shifflett
recently posted an
example creating a custom WPF control to make it easier to layout a data input screen
and I decided to build out a Silverlight version.

The control extends an ItemsControl to use a custom container that provides a text
label and layout for input controls.

image 

The result is a custom control that allows me to add input controls such as TextBoxes
and CheckBoxes and get labels and much of the styling for free. Silverlight’s DataBinding
capabilities allow me to set a DataContext for the FormControl, and then simply specify
an individual binding for each field.

<TextBox Zelt:FormItem.LabelContent="First
Name" Text="{Binding FirstName}" Width="250"/> <TextBox Zelt:FormItem.LabelContent="Last
Name" Text="{Binding LastName}" Width="250"/>

Utilizing this type of markup allows for a lot of potential in tool support. I’m sure
that Karl plans to support this type of content in his XAML
Power Toys
add-in.

I’ve got a few additions before I share out the code, but I’d welcome any feedback
on this approach.

Great .NET Conference Opportunity

Go to the DevTeach site

 

In early December Montreal is hosting an exciting developer conference covering a
wide range of topics from some of our industry’s leading presenters. The 3 day conference
is packed with information in 136 sessions. Pre and Post conference sessions are also
available to increase your learning potential at the event. Attendees will also receive
over $1000 in free software!

The fun starts Tuesday December 2nd with a key by Ted Neward. See you there!!!

http://www.devteach.com

PDC Content Comes to the Carolinas!

Did you miss PDC? Want to see some of the latest content relating to Cloud Computing,
Silverlight 2, and the future directions of ASP.NET 4? Links are below for your FREE
invite!

Introducing the MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow:

 

The MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow is a  ¾ day, free developer event with
a southern flair where you will learn about some of the latest developments in Microsoft
technologies. For this edition we will cover a broad range of the latest Microsoft
Technologies:

· Take a tour of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and the services that
make it easy to give your applications the most compelling experiences and features. 
Explore the journey a developer takes, from writing a service to launching that service
in the cloud. Learn about the cloud services that enable developers to easily create
or extend their applications and services.

· Microsoft Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next
generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we take
a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage
to build these true next-generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate
building a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft .NET.

· ASP.NET is evolving a very rapid pace, come explore all the latest features
of ASP.Net such as Dynamic Data, MVC, and even take a sneak peak at the upcoming features
in ASP.NET 4.0!  We’ll look at some new features such as taking control of your
Control IDs, using the DynamicImage control, and ViewState management options.  
We’ll spend plenty of time talking about MVC and creating applications based on this
framework, so if you’re wondering how to leverage MVC in your web applications, this
talk is for you!

 

12/2/2008 — Charleston

12/3/2008 – Wilmington

12/4/2008 – Raleigh

12/5/2008 – Charlotte