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Briefly, here are the important namespaces/classes in each assembly: mscorlib: Provides the core functionality you always need, including collections, input/ output, reflection, security, host interoperability, and threading. IO, and so on. Generic namespace. Cryptography). Controls, and many others. Chances are high that if you’re looking for something, it’s in this assembly. Hosting). , for an XML reader/writer/parser). Controls: Provides many more useful controls, including Button, CheckBox, and ListBox.

A type converter simply converts a string representation of an object to the actual object, but allows for complex handling, such as wrapping a value in several objects. While not explicitly tied to Silverlight (or WPF or XAML), type converters are heavily used when parsing XAML. Let’s take a look at the definition of the Canvas layout control in the login screen’s XAML. The Background and Height properties are type-converted from a string to their actual type (so is Width—however, it’s a more trivial conversion since Width is of type double and 300 is a simple parsing).

However, creating a Button as a child of a ListBoxItem will cause the Button to show up in the document outline. Figure 2-3. The document outline describing the login screen 17 18 CHAPTER 2 ■ GETTING TO KNOW XAML Namespaces There are two important namespaces that appear in the root element of each XAML file. com/client/2007". This namespace contains the various elements that correspond to objects in Silverlight, such as UserControl, Canvas, and Grid. If you remove this declaration from a XAML file in Visual Studio, blue squiggly lines will show just how much is defined in this namespace.

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