Note: This course will be next offered in January, 2008

Please note that this class may be listed as CAST-080

Course Summary:

Editorial comment on the MacDonald book: Silverlight is a lightweight browser plug–in that frees your code from the traditional confines of the browser. It’s a rules–changing, groundbreaking technology that allows you to run rich client applications right inside the browser. Even more impressively, it’s able to host true .NET applications in non–Microsoft browsers (like Firefox) and on non–Microsoft platforms (like Mac OS X). Silverlight is still new and evolving fast.

Editorial comment on the Campbell book: Microsoft describes Silverlight as a "cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web." That's a really boring description for a really exciting new technology. Anyone who has looked at the demos and gotten a taste of what Silverlight can do knows that Silverlight represents an entirely new level of rich web interface technology for Microsoft developers.

Course Outline

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule:

This class is offered both online and face to face. The InClass session will meet on Monday nights from 6:00 - 9:00 PM beginning January 5.


Matthew MacDonald, Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008, First Edition 2008 ISBN: 978-1590599495

Supplemental Textbook:
Chad Campbell & John Stockton, Silverlight 2 in Action, 1st Edition 2008 ISBN: 978-1933988429

Comments From Former Students in some of my other classes:

"This class is teaching something too valuable so I convinced my manager to let me take the week off to catch up and finished this project. Even more, I feel WPF is so important that I am continuing on my own writing WPF/Xaml code to allow the knowledge that I have acquired from your course to mature so that I may demonstrate it to others."

"I really enjoyed taking your class and will be coming in for the ASP .NET class as well in Summer 2005"

"I think this class consolidated and extended what I learnt from DeAnza, plus access to MS SQL... Thanks for being my teacher."

"Thank you for offering such a wonderful course on the internet. It's always an enjoyable experience to have your course, both Perl and this one. Although I took the easy labs, yet they were challenging enough for me to learn a lot. Now I still keep reading other C# books, and try to get some background knowledge for other alternative labs. I think this course should run 2 quarters. I hope I have chance to take your C# web or other course online in the future. Thank you."

"'s really exciting to work on these labs. I'm almost done with lab3E -- It's so cool to practice the DataTable features !! I have learned a lot ..."

PS -- Thank YOU for being a kind, competent and wonderfully attentive instructor. I like how you help out with questions (even as a student, like in COIN 92!)

"it was definitely worth every minute I’ve spent on this project. Have a great 4th July weekend and I will see you at my next class in fall (dunno yet which one to pick). It was a pleasure to attend this class..."

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