Sunday, May 11, 2008

Assemblies in the Silverlight Runtime

  • Details in this post apply to Silverlight 2 Beta 1, and may change in future Silverlight versions.
  • You may want to read my previous post to get a better understanding this post.

Say you have a Silverlight application with a Canvas and a ListBox. Both these controls belong to the same namespace System.Windows.Controls. Will these controls be downloaded as part of this particular application's xap, or will this be part of the Silverlight runtime installed initially by the user?

The answer is interesting: As far as Silverlight 2 Beta 1 is concerned, the Canvas is within the System.Windows.dll which is part of the Silverlight runtime and hence will not be downloaded to the client along with the xap. However, the ListBox is within the System.Windows.Controls.dll which is not included in the Silverlight runtime. So this will be downloaded with the xap package.

This also means that if you are creating a custom splash screen then you can use the Canvas within it, but not the ListBox since the splash screen will show before the xap has been downloaded.

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