Objective

In this article, I will explain couple of things step by step

  1. How to work with Progress Bar control of Silver Light 3.0
  2. How to consume WCF service in Silver Light application when both are in same solution.

Step 1

Create a Web Application. Give any name of your choice. I am giving name here TestingProgressBar.


Step 2

Right click on Web Application project and Add new Item. Go to Silver Light category and choose Silverlight-enabled WCF Service project template. Give any name of your choice. I am leaving the defualt name Service1.svc


Step 3

Write the service. Service is returning a List of Authors. Author is class with properties Name and Article. Service method having very simple functionality, where a list of Author is getting construed and returned.

Service1.svc.cs

using System;

using System.Linq;

using System.Runtime.Serialization;

using System.ServiceModel;

using System.ServiceModel.Activation;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Text;

namespace TestingProgressBar

{

[ServiceContract(Namespace = “”)]

[AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)]


public
class
Service1

{

[OperationContract]


public
List<Author> DisplayAuthor()

{
List<Author> result = new
List<Author>();

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Dhananjay Kumar “, Articles = “100” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Anoj Pillai “, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Arun Gopal V “, Articles = “50” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Mubarag Ali “, Articles = “500” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Dipti Maya Patra “, Articles = “100” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Raj KUmar G “, Articles = “300” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Prajith P “, Articles = “10” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Mahesh Chand “, Articles = “400” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “VRave “, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Mike Gold “, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Jessy Liberty “, Articles = “1400” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Nithin Kothari”, Articles = “600” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Tim Huer”, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Jag “, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “David Paul Prem Kumar”, Articles = “100” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “Dhilip Sitara “, Articles = “1000” });

result.Add(new
Author() { Name = “web Blog”, Articles = “700” });


return result;
 

}

}

[DataContract]

public class Author{

[DataMember]


public
String Name { get; set; }

[DataMember]


public
String Articles { get; set; }

}

}

Step 4

Build the web application project. After successfully compilation right click on service and view in browser to check service is running successfully or not.


You should get the below output in browser. If you getting below output, it means you have successfully created the service and it is running. If you are not getting below output again cross check the previous said steps.


Step 5

Right click on solution and add new Silver Light application type project. Go to Silver Light category and choose Silver Light Application project template. Give any name, I am leaving here default name i.e. SilverLightApplication1.


Host the SilverLightApplication1 in existing Web Application in solution. We created this web application TestingProgressbar in step 1.


Step 6

Design the Silver Light page. Add one button like below

<UserControl x:Class=”SilverlightApplication1.MainPage”


xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation&#8221;


xmlns:x=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml&#8221;


xmlns:d=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008&#8243; xmlns:mc=”http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006&#8243;


mc:Ignorable=”d” d:DesignWidth=”640″ d:DesignHeight=”480″>


<Grid x:Name=”LayoutRoot”>


<Grid.RowDefinitions>


<RowDefinition Height=”*”/>


<RowDefinition Height=”*” />


</Grid.RowDefinitions>


<Button x:Name=”myButton” Height=”100″ Width=”300″ Click=”myButton_Click”
Content=”Click Me”
Grid.Row=”0″/>


</Grid>

</UserControl>

In above XAML, drag and drop one DataGrid and Progress Bar just below Button control. To open the tool box, from Menu select View and Tool Box. After dragging and drop modify the XAML for DataGrid and ProgressBar as below.

 <data:DataGrid x:Name=”myGrid” AlternatingRowBackground=”Aqua” Grid.Row=”1″ Visibility=”Collapsed”/>

<ProgressBar x:Name=”myProgressbar” Width=”400″ Height=”100″ Grid.Row=”1″ Visibility=”Collapsed”/>
 

Step 7
Add the service reference. To add right click on reference in Silver Light application and select add Service Reference. From window click on Discover, this will discover the service in the solution. Give any name for the service reference; I am leaving the default name.


Step 8

Add property to handle the Progress Bar. This is Boolean property. This is using IsIndeterminate property of Silver Light progress bar control. We are setting progress bar Boolean property .

public bool IsWorking

{
get { return myProgressbar.IsIndeterminate; }

set { myProgressbar.IsIndeterminate = value; }
 

}

Step 9

On Button click event, I am creating a proxy of service and just handling the Completed event and calling the Async method. In other work, I am just hiding and displaying the progress bar and grid view. After calling the Async method I am making IsWorking property true.

 private void myButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{

myGrid.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;

myProgressbar.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;


Service1Client proxy = new
Service1Client();

proxy.DisplayAuthorCompleted += new
EventHandler<DisplayAuthorCompletedEventArgs>(proxy_DisplayAuthorCompleted);

proxy.DisplayAuthorAsync();


this.IsWorking = true;

 }
Step 10
On completed event, I am assigning item source of data grid as e.reult. In other work just making IsWorking property as false. And Hiding the progress bar and displaying the data grid.

void proxy_DisplayAuthorCompleted(object sender, DisplayAuthorCompletedEventArgs e)

{


this.IsWorking = false;

myProgressbar.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;

myGrid.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;

myGrid.ItemsSource = e.Result;

}

Note for cross Domain issue

 Since in our sample, both silver Light application and WCF service is in same solution then there is no cross domain issue will come. But even if you are getting cross domain issue make sure of below things

  1. Make Startup project to Web Application Project. Right Click on Web Application Project and make it as startup project.
  2. Make SilverLightApplication1.aspx page as start up page.

Output


On clicking of button, service will get called and progress bar will show the waiting. After that Data Grid will get populated with the data .


Complete Code for Reference

MainPage.Xaml

<UserControl xmlns:data=”clr-namespace:System.Windows.Controls;assembly=System.Windows.Controls.Data”
x:Class=”SilverlightApplication1.MainPage”


xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation&#8221;


xmlns:x=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml&#8221;


xmlns:d=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008&#8243; xmlns:mc=”http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006&#8243;


mc:Ignorable=”d” d:DesignWidth=”640″ d:DesignHeight=”480″>


<Grid x:Name=”LayoutRoot” Background=”Azure”>


<Grid.RowDefinitions>


<RowDefinition Height=”100″/>


<RowDefinition Height=”*” />


</Grid.RowDefinitions>


<Button x:Name=”myButton” Height=”40″ Width=”300″ Click=”myButton_Click”
Content=”Click Me”
Grid.Row=”0″/>


<data:DataGrid x:Name=”myGrid” AlternatingRowBackground=”Aqua” Grid.Row=”1″ Visibility=”Collapsed”/>


<ProgressBar x:Name=”myProgressbar” Width=”400″ Height=”40″ Grid.Row=”1″ Visibility=”Collapsed” />

</Grid>

</UserControl>

MainPage.Xaml.cs

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Net;

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 SilverlightApplication1.ServiceReference1;

namespace SilverlightApplication1

{


public
partial
class
MainPage : UserControl

{


public
bool IsWorking

{


get { return myProgressbar.IsIndeterminate; }


set { myProgressbar.IsIndeterminate = value; }

} 


public MainPage()

{

InitializeComponent();

}

 private void myButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

{

myGrid.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;

myProgressbar.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;


Service1Client proxy = new
Service1Client();

proxy.DisplayAuthorCompleted += new
EventHandler<DisplayAuthorCompletedEventArgs>(proxy_DisplayAuthorCompleted);

proxy.DisplayAuthorAsync();


this.IsWorking = true;

}
void proxy_DisplayAuthorCompleted(object sender, DisplayAuthorCompletedEventArgs e)

{


this.IsWorking = false;

myProgressbar.Visibility = Visibility.Collapsed;

myGrid.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;

myGrid.ItemsSource = e.Result;

}

}

}

Conclusion

In this article, I explained how to consume WCF service in Silver Light application when both are in same solution. I also explained How to work with Progress Bar control in Silver Light 3.0. Thanks for reading.

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