I want my Silverlight app to look like the Zune client (part 2)

Ever since Deepesh posted this awesome article a couple months back, we’ve wanted to give you a template for creating a Silverlight Business Application that looks the Zune client. We started with the Cosmopolitan Theme, applied the tweaks he listed in his post, and added a few more for good measure. In case you’re not sold yet, we tossed the template in a VSIX to make it extra easy to install.


Since this is the latest version of our template, you get a few nice touch ups.

  • The Login and Registration windows open with focus in the Name field
  • Both windows also listen for the Enter and Escape keys, submitting or canceling accordingly
  • The Windows authentication status control shows an ‘authenticating…’ message
  • The application uses Silverlight Toolkit Theming for a smaller application size

To use this template, simply install RIA Services, download the template, and then use Visual Studio to create a new project.


Special thank to Deepesh and Tsitsi for helping me polish this up. It was fun to put together, and I hope you like it.

[A Note For RIA V1 SP1]

There’s a regression in loading some of the older templates in the SP1 release that is not present in V1 and has been fixed in V1 SP2. Use this link for SP1.

Comments (7)

  1. kylemc says:

    == Uninstall Instructions ==

    In case you haven't used a VSIX before, it will add an entry to your Visual Studio Extension Manager. To uninstall the templates, open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Extension Manager…'. Next, select the RIA Services entry and click 'Uninstall'.

  2. Peter Wone says:

    That's a brilliant template and if I were starting my project I'd love to use it.

  3. G says:

    Looks like this is broken with SP1 🙁

  4. harry says:

    When I try to install this I get the Installation error:

    08/06/2011 12:18:12 – Beginning to install extension to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate…

    08/06/2011 12:18:13 – Install Error : System.IO.PathTooLongException: C:UsersharryAppDataLocalMicrosoftVisualStudio10.0ExtensionsMicrosoftWCF RIA Services Templates1.0ProjectTemplatesVisualBasicSilverlight1033BusinessApplication.zip: BusinessApplication.Web/Resources/RegistrationDataResources.Designer.vb

      at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.BeginInstall(IInstallableExtension installableExtension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)

      at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.InstallWorker(IInstallableExtension extension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)

  5. I clicked on "download the template" and opens a page where there are 23 results. Where is the link template ?

  6. kylemc says:


    Sorry, they migrated our sample page and dropped a few of the links. I'll see if I can find it again.

  7. kylemc says:


    Do these links work for you?

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