Finished a little app

I made a mail sender in Silverlight and it have the moderation on the attachments and allow people to send an e-mail with CC BCC even though they dont have an email account

Check out here


BUSY With Exams

I am having my school exam right now. So I may have to leave away from my computer for two weeks…

These days, I cant answer questions on Silverlight.Net although my answers may not be so accurate.

I am looking forward to the end of the exam and also the MIX 2008 Essential =]

Silverlight Beta 2

Still a long way to go…

After upgraded to Silverlight 2 beta 2, it seems that there is so many problems…

  1. Listbox.Items.MouseLeftButtonDown Event cannot be fired 
  2. WCFService cannot be added as Service Reference
  3. Beta 2 Runtime cannot view Beta 1 Application
  4. …. Still more to be found and discovered..

These are not my main point. What I want to say is that – it is still a Beta Version, isn’t it?

Engineers from Microsoft are still trying their best to create the best environment for us to build such a Dynamic Scenario (Silverlight). 

Please Clap for them and give your opinion at and post the bugs you found onto it.


Live with Light!
Steve Wong (Hong Kong) 

Silverlight Beta 2 has released

Newly Updated!

  • Important! Migrating Older Code to the Newer Release
  • Update Silverlight.js
  • Sockets Breaking Change
  • Change for Built-In Style of Controls
  • MIME Type and Installer URL Change
  • SetTargetProperty and GetTargetProperty Changes
  • System.Windows.Control.dll Merged with System.Windows.dll
  • ToolTip Changes
  • Removed Several Properties from Controls in System.Windows*dll
  • Change in Handling of System.Windows.Controls.Extended.dll in XAML
  • Changes to HtmlElement.GetAttribute and HtmlElement.GetProperty
  • Calendar/DatePicker Changes
  • HtmlPage.UnregisterScriptableObject Removed
  • WebClient and HttpWebRequest Changes
  • Improved Null Argument Checking in System.Xml
  • BackgroundWorker Moved
  • Deep Zoom Image and Collections Format Change
  • MultiScaleImage Change
  • AllowInboundCallsFromXDomain Changes
  • Changes to Scroll-related APIs and Drag*EventArgs
  • Glyphs Element Requires Either UniCodeString or Indices Attribute
  • ItemsControl.Items Is Now of Type ItemCollection Instead of IList
  • RoutedEventArgs.Handled=true Events No Longer Bubble
  • Style Cannot Be Applied to Control That Is Incompatible with Its TargetType
  • SetValue Only Accepts the Correct Types (No Conversions)
  • Control.InitializeFromXaml Removed
  • No Longer Can Specify Name and x:Name on the Same Element
  • Changes to Cross-Domain Policy
  • Storyboards Can Be Active While Outside the Live Tree
  • GetValue on Storyboard.Duration Only Returns Storyboard.Duration
  • Image and ImageBrush Class Changes
  • TextBox Template Changes
  • Custom BorderBrush/BorderThickness Change
  • ButtonBase Changes
  • ListBox and ListBoxItem Changes
  • ContentControl and ContentPresenter Changes
  • GetValue Changes
  • Updates to Control Styles
  • Miscellaneous API Changes


Keyboard OSK Control

WOW. It seems that most of my posts are written because I got ideas while I was answering the question on Silverlight.Net.

Today, I would like to introduce my OSK but it is only done very simply.
It doesnt support NumLk ScrLk Shift CapLk those function keys….
In other words, it support mainly input of words.

Let me paste the code here for all of you.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
using System.Windows.Markup;
using System.ComponentModel;

namespace Testing
    public partial class Page : UserControl
        string[] keystring = new string[49] { "`", "1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9", "0", "-", "=", "<", "Q", "W", "E", "R", "T", "Y", "U", "I", "O", "P", "&#91;", "&#93;", "\\", "A", "S", "D", "F", "G", "H", "J", "K", "L", ";", "'", "Z", "X", "C", "V", "B", "N", "M", ",", ".", "?", " " };
        public Page()
            Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(Page_Loaded);

        public void Page_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            for (int i = 0; i <= 48; i++)
                Button k = new Button();
                k.Content = keystring&#91;i&#93;;
                k.Width = 20; k.Height = 20;
                if (i == 48 )
                    k.Width = 220;
                    k.Margin = new Thickness(-30, 80, 0, 0);
                else if (i >= 38 )
                    k.Margin = new Thickness((i-38 ) * 20 - 20, 60, 180 -((i-38 ) * 20 - 20), 20);
                else if (i >= 27)
                    k.Margin = new Thickness((i-27) * 20 - 30, 40, 180 - ((i-27) * 20 - 30), 40);
                else if (i >= 14)
                    k.Margin = new Thickness((i - 14) * 20 - 40 , 20, 180 - ((i - 14) * 20 - 40), 60);
                    k.Margin = new Thickness(i * 20 - 50, 0, 180 - i * 20 + 50, 80);
                k.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(k_Click);

        void k_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            Button temp = sender as Button;
            if (temp.Content.ToString() == "<" )
                if (tb.Text.Length != 0)
                    tb.Text = tb.Text.Remove(tb.Text.Length - 1, 1);
                tb.Text += temp.Content.ToString();
        #region Drag and Drop Starts Here
        private bool isMouseCaptured;
        private Point mousePosition;
        void DragNDrop_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            FrameworkElement item = sender as FrameworkElement;
            if (isMouseCaptured)

                // Calculate the current position of the object.
                double deltaV = e.GetPosition(null).Y - mousePosition.Y;
                double deltaH = e.GetPosition(null).X - mousePosition.X;
                double newTop = deltaV + (double)KeyBoard.GetValue(Canvas.TopProperty);
                double newLeft = deltaH + (double)KeyBoard.GetValue(Canvas.LeftProperty);

                // Set new position of object.
                KeyBoard.SetValue(Canvas.TopProperty, newTop);
                KeyBoard.SetValue(Canvas.LeftProperty, newLeft);

                // Update position global variables.
                mousePosition = e.GetPosition(null);
        void DragNDrop_MouseLeftButtonUp(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
            FrameworkElement item = sender as FrameworkElement;
            isMouseCaptured = false;
            mousePosition.X = mousePosition.Y = 0;
            item.Cursor = null;
            item.Opacity *= 2;
        void DragNDrop_MouseEnter(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)

            FrameworkElement item = sender as FrameworkElement;
            mousePosition = e.GetPosition(null);
            isMouseCaptured = true;
            item.Opacity *= 0.5;
        #endregion Drag and Drop Starts Here


<UserControl x:Class="Testing.Page"
    Width="400" Height="300" xmlns:d="" xmlns:mc="" mc:Ignorable="d">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <TextBox x:Name="tb" Width="120" Height="25" Margin="8,8,0,0" HorizontalAlignment="Left" VerticalAlignment="Top" d:LayoutOverrides="Width, Height"/>
        <Canvas HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Margin="0,0,0,0" VerticalAlignment="Stretch">
         <Grid x:Name="KeyBoard"  Background="White" Height="100" Width="300" Canvas.Left="8" Canvas.Top="192">
          <Rectangle HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Margin="0,0,18,0" VerticalAlignment="Stretch" Fill="#FFFF0000" Height="100" MouseLeftButtonDown="DragNDrop_MouseEnter" MouseMove="DragNDrop_MouseMove" MouseLeftButtonUp="DragNDrop_MouseLeftButtonUp" />

One for remind, the osk can move actually with the Drag and Drop code inside code-behind.
Of course, I will upload some pics here too.

Live With Light!
SteveWong (Hong Kong)

Powerful XAML

Today, I answered a question which is about XamlReader. By the way I think of so many technologies which can work with silverlight, not only because Silverlight can run on HTML or Silverlight can contact Webserivce, but because of it is making use of XAML.

Then I think of a Webserivce which return a string which is a string of XAML coding. It is so great to do so. Let say I have a SQL and after getting the data from the DataBase, maybe Information of Staffs. And I want to create a list of cards which includes the information of all staffs of my company. I can simply do that with all work on WebService but not Silverlight.

It has both advantages and disadvantages. For Adv, some class cannot be passed to Silverlight from Webservice (ArrayList, HashTable..) but we can manipulate all these into the form we want to show in XAML and pass that string. Yet, on the other hand, the xaml code will be so long that lengthens the time of downloading from the webserive.

By the way, Let me show an example here for the WebService.

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Web.Script.Services;
using System.Text;
using System.Configuration;
[WebService(Namespace = "<a href=""></a>")]
[WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)]
public class MyService : System.Web.Services.WebServices
    public MyService()
    public string Get_StaffInfo(string id)
        int nElement = 0;
        StringBuilder strReturn = new StringBuilder();
        SqlConnection sqlCon = null;
            string strConnectionString = (string)ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["StaffDataBase"].ConnectionStrings;
            sqlCon = new SqlConnection(strConnectionString);
            SqlCommand sqlCom = new SqlCommand();
            sqlCom.Connection = sqlCon;
            sqlCom.CommandType= CommandType.Text;
            sqlCom.CommandText = "SELECT ScreenName From dbo.Staffs WHERE (StaffId = @strId)";
            sqlCom.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter("@strId", id));
            SqlDataReader sRead = sqlCom.ExecuteReader();
            while (sRead.Read())
                strReturn.AppendFormat("<TextBlock Canvas.Top='{0}'" + "Foreground = 'White' Text = '{1}' />", nElement, sRead["ScreenName"]);
                nElement += 20;
            strReturn = new StringBuilder();
            strReturn.Append("</Canvas>" );
            if (sqlCon != null) sqlCon.Close();
        return strReturn.ToString();

Inside your Silverlight you call this

namespace SL2WebSrv
    public partial class Page : UserControl
        WebServiceProxy.ServiceSoapClient mydata = new SL2WebSrv.WebServiceProxy.ServiceSoapClient();
        public Page()
            Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(Page_Loaded);
        void Page_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            mydata.Get_StaffInfoCompleted += new EventHandler<SL2WebSrv.WebServiceProxy.Get_StaffInfoCompletedEventArgs>(mydata_Get_StaffInfoCompleted);
        void mydata_Get_StaffInfoCompleted(object sender, SL2WebSrv.WebServiceProxy.Get_StaffInfoCompletedEventArgs e)
            if (e.Error == null)
                Canvas newStaff = XamlReader.Load(e.Result) as Canvas;

After all this tutorial, I hope more developers can know more about how powerful the Silverlight is and of course the XAML.

It can really work with so much thing…. not only Webservice but also JSP and AJAX and ASP.NET…

Live with Light
SteveWong (Hong Kong)


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