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PRISM 2 Supports Silverlight

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Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2.0, a.k.a. PRISM 2, has been released on Microsoft Downloads. This release offers guidance for building Silverlight client applications as well as guidance for reusing code between WPF applications and Silverlight ones.

PRISM offers recommendations on designing, developing and deploying enterprise-class modular client applications built using WPF and Silverlight. It also offers a set of lightweight tools for reusing code between WPF and Silverlight. The guidance contains “a reference implementation, reusable library code (named the Composite Application Library), documentation, QuickStart tutorials, and hands-on labs.”

PRISM 2 contains, according to J.D. Meier:

  • Composite Application Library
  • Reference Implementation (Stock Traders application in WPF and Silverlight)
  • Quick starts (9)
  • How-Tos (26) and
  • Documentation of UI patterns  and client architectures.

Meier also envisions the following scenarios for using PRISM 2:

  • You're building a application that presents information from multiple sources through an integrated user interface.
  • You're developing, testing, and deploying modules independently of the other modules.
  • Your application will add more views and more functionality over the coming years.
  • You must be able to change the application quickly and safely to meet emergent business requirements.
  • Your application is being developed by multiple collaborating teams.
  • Your application targets both WPF and Silverlight, and you want to share as much code as possible between the two platforms.

Useful links: patterns & practices: Composite WPF and Silverlight (CodePlex), MSDN Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight February 2009, and InfoQ/PRISM has other PRISM related content including an interview with Glenn Block. 

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