How to Use the Silverlight SharePoint Web Part to Display Silverlight Applications
Written By: Rahul Mehta -- 4/5/2011 --
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Categories: Configurations, Features, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, Web Parts
Silverlight applications are used to build rich Internet-based
applications. SharePoint previously allowed Silverlight integration with some
configurations and many deployment dependencies.
SharePoint 2010 has introduced a new web part (Silverlight Web Part) which is an
out of the box SharePoint web part. It facilitates one to view their Silverlight
applications. The Silverlight web part always accepts the application in the ".xap"
format, which is basically the compressed output file for the Silverlight
application. In this article, we will show how to use out of box Silverlight web
part in SharePoint 2010.
We have created a sample Silverlight application using Visual Studio 2010 which
will change the content of the button after being pressed. For instance when the
application is loaded for the first time, the button content would be "Press
When the button is pressed, the content would change to "UnPress Me!!". Again if
it is pressed it would change to "Press Me!!". It is a very basic sample of a
As the Silverlight web part only accepts files in the .xap format, let's find
If the Silverlight application is created using Visual Studio 2010, one could
find a .xap file in the projectfolder -> projectfolder.web -> ClientBin
We need to upload the .xap file into one of the SharePoint libraries and we
would prefer to upload in an asset library (i.e. the existing Site Assets
Library). To upload the .xap file, go to the library and click "Add document".
Browse the source path of the "clientbin" folder and select the .xap file and
click OK. One can select to overwrite the existing file in the library too.
To add a Silverlight web part, go to SiteActions -> Edit Page. Click “Add web
part”. In the "Media and Content" category, select "Silverlight web part" and
Open the tool pane. Under the application category, click on "configure" and
select the application file source path as the document name (.xap files) that
we uploaded in the library as displayed in the image below.
Click "OK" and select "Stop editing" from the Page tab.
The Silverlight application is viewable and accessible very easily without any
kind of back-end configurations.
- Use the Silverlight web part to build different, richer applications
and integrate them with SharePoint.
- Use Visual Studio 2010 to create custom Silverlight applications for
building rich UI applications.
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