Silverlight 2 and Rich Internet Applications


This series of articles takes a look at the current state of RIA development leveraging Silverlight 2. The series will focus on the architecture of RIA's, the use of XAML for resolution independent user interface layout and design, Windows Communication Foundation for Web Services, Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend for the design/development environment and Windows Server 2008/IIS7 as the deployment environment.

Silverlight 2 Resources

Sounds Familiar

As these articles delve into the architecture and implementation of Silverlight 2 applications, I use the Sounds Familiar music portfolio application as the source of implementation and design examples. It demonstrates several new Silverlight 2 controls and leverages a WCF Web Service for data access.

The application lists out the set of music projects that I have produced over the past 7 years and when one is selected, you get a list of tracks. These tracks can be played, paused and stopped. When in play mode, the next track is started automatically. For some projects you can download a zip of the MP3’s to add to your own music collection.

There are photographs of the studio that you can zoom into for greater detail and the liner notes for the currently playing CD will appear when you mouse over the music notes image. The menu will float in from the right when you mouse over the menu tab. From the menu you can find selections for visiting my blog, the Silverlight home page and a download link for the currently playing CD if that is an available option.


 Sounds Familiar demonstrates the following:

Source Code for Sounds Familiar

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Comments (16)
  1. A colleague of mine is running a 3-part series of architect on Silverlight 2.0 Architecture and Development.

  2. Looking for a great, concise, just-get-to-the-point, intro to programming RIA’s using Silverlight 2.0?

  3. Blogs says:

    Another geek musician, Bob Familiar, has decided to start working with Silverlight to revamp how he displays

  4. If you’re looking to get you started on developing RIAs with the Silverlight 2 stack, you should check

  5. Want to create a nice Silverlight 2.0 app using WCF services for data? Check out Bob Familiar’s post

  6. Our very own Bob Familiar has been cruising the seas of Silverlight and has recently posted a very nice

  7. Check out Bob’s blog , which includes a 4-part series on Silverlight 2.0. Wow, monster blog entry, Bob!

  8. Bob's Blog says:

    The Northeast Roadshow We’re at it again! It’s time to pack our laptops and gear to head out across the

  9. If you want to get a nice comprehensive overview of Silverlight 2.0 Architecture Development and Deployment

  10. Silverlight 2 and Rich Internet Applications New England’s own Bob Familiar links to a series of articles…

  11. ASPInsiders says:

    My colleague Bob Familiar has a nice series on the subject : This series of articles takes a look at

  12. Bob's Blog says:

    It was great fun to visit Burlington, VT, Portland ME, Hartford CT, Waltham, MA and Rochester NY in our

  13. christopher says:

    can some one explain to me what this is. Im into music production and the instraments sp* caught my eye. I was curious what this program is, what its for, who can use it ect?

    hope this isnt to stupid of a question for you comp wiz’z



  14. bob.familiar says:

    Hi Chris. The article is about Silverlight (see for details) and how I used that technology to implement a web site that allows you to listen to my music. Silverlight has the capability to stream audio and video.

    -bob familiar

  15. Yes, the new Silverlight 2 (beta) offers quite strong audio and video streaming features. This new beta version supports WMA, and offer Media Stream Source API for adaptive streaming of media.

  16. I have read this post. This is very much true. Even I own a blog account on video conferencing. Video conferencing is indeed a great innovation in technology and communications. One day video conferencing will be like an ordinary house-hold item in the next 5-10 years.I will mention your post in my blog.

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