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Review: Introduction to Silverlight 3 by Laurence Moroney

The book intends to give an overview of the features in Silverlight 3. It starts with very basic things like creating a Hello world project in Silverlight 3, the different elements in SL3 project and hand coding all those elements outside the Visual Studio environment. Later on, the book dives into advanced-beginner topics like writing XAML code, using Expression Blend etc.

The book touches on different topics at a superficial level and doesn’t give deep insight into any of the topics. This is what is expected from an ‘Introduction’ book, so the purpose is served. There is a detailed section (couple of chapters) on UI controls available in SL3. It introduces basic controls like Button, Text Block, Label and moves on to slightly advanced controls like DataGrid, ScrollViewer etc. The author explains designing UI using XAML. This is a must for anyone who don’t have Blend. Learning XAML is the biggest challenge in XAML, in my opinion.

There is a small section on MVVM where the author discusses two-way data binding. I was hoping this section would be a bit deeper, but I guess that was not in the scope of this book.

The intention of the book is not to showcase the differences in SL3 and the previous versions of Silverlight. It isolates SL3 and focuses only on this version. For someone who is starting to learn Silvelright and chooses SL3 as the version, then this book is ideal to start with. The reader need not worry about the compatibility issues with older versions unnecessarily.

If you are looking for a quick familiarity to Silverlight 3, then this is the book for you.

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Visual Studio: Restore Missing Templates

Symptom: You cannot add a new project or an item in Visual Stuio IDE.

Problem: Open the Event Viewer (Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Event Viewer) and see if the suggestion says “Run devenv.exe /installvstemplates”. If this is the case, then the problem is the template files are missing.

Solution:

1. Close all instances of Microsoft Visual Studio.

2. There are two folders under IDE folder (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio xx\Common7\IDE), namely ProjectsTemplateCache and ItemsTemplateCache. Delete these two folders. Yes, I said, delete. If you are hesitant, don’t worry, it will go to the recycle bin from where you can retrieve them.

3. After deleting the folders, open the command prompt and run this command: Devenv /InstallVSTemplates .

4. Done. The template files should be restored and you should be able to add new projects and items.

I found myself in this situation out of nowhere. I was innocently coding and debugging and when I tried adding a control to my project, I suddenly see this error message. Thank God, the solution was this simple. Imagine spending another 4 hours on reinstalling Visual Studio. I wonder why I got into this situation, in the first place. Any idea?

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