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Silverlight BlackLight DragDropPanel

Posted by Mahadesh Mahalingappa Articles | Silverlight with C# September 28, 2011
In this article we would be learning about the very usefull Blacklight Controls which could be used in your Silverlight project to enhance the UI of your Silverlight application.
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Introduction

Blacklight controls are not provided with Silverlight or the Silverlight Toolkit that comes with Visual Studio 2010. However, the Blacklight controls provide very excellent UI.

In this article, we are going to discuss about the DragDropPanel which is a very useful control. It helps us easily maximise and minimise our panels with some cool animation effects.

I have attached the source code of blacklight controls and the project where I have used them.

You could view a Showcase at the following link :

Before you can use the controls, you need to dowload and install them.

http://mightymeaty.members.winisp.net/blacklight.silverlight/

blacklight Showcase

(The scope of this article is only the DragDropPanel. You could dig deep in to Blacklight Controls as I have attached the source code.)

Click on the Interactive Controls tab.

Showcase in blacklight

Select DragDropPanel in the Left Pane.

DragDropPanel in blacklight

Check out this icon.

blacklight

Cliick on it to View the animation effects of the DragDropPanel. Its cool.

Using Blacklight Controls

Lets just discuss how we can use DragDropPanel is our project.

Step 1 :

First, we need to add the reference to our project. Download, install and copy Blacklight.controls Dll to your proejct and add a reference using Add Reference on the project in Solution Explorer.

Blacklight Control DLL


Once that is done. We need to add the namespace to our xaml page.

xmlns:blackcontrols="clr-namespace:Blacklight.Controls;assembly=Blacklight.Controls"

Next step is to add a the DragDockPanelHost. This will host our Panels.

    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot">
        <blackcontrols:DragDockPanelHost x:Name="dragDockPanelMain" VerticalAlignment="Top" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Height="500"
Background="Transparent" Margin="0,40,0,0">
        </blackcontrols:DragDockPanelHost>
    </Grid>

Finally add the Panels as shown below:

<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot">
        <blackcontrols:DragDockPanelHost x:Name="dragDockPanelMain" VerticalAlignment="Top" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" Height="500"
Background="Transparent" Margin="0,40,0,0">
                <blackcontrols:DragDockPanel HeaderTemplate="{StaticResource DragDockPanelEmptyHeaderTemplate}" Style="{StaticResource
DragDockPanelControlTemplate}" Background="Transparent" SizeChanged="DragDockPanel_SizeChanged" x:Name="dp1" />
                <blackcontrols:DragDockPanel HeaderTemplate="{StaticResource DragDockPanelEmptyHeaderTemplate}" Style="{StaticResource
DragDockPanelControlTemplate}" Background="Transparent"/>
                <blackcontrols:DragDockPanel HeaderTemplate="{StaticResource DragDockPanelEmptyHeaderTemplate}" Style="{StaticResource
DragDockPanelControlTemplate}" Background="Transparent"/>
                <blackcontrols:DragDockPanel HeaderTemplate="{StaticResource DragDockPanelEmptyHeaderTemplate}" Style="{StaticResource
DragDockPanelControlTemplate}" Background="Transparent"/>
            
       
</blackcontrols:DragDockPanelHost>
    </Grid>


Build and give it a run.

Blacklight ControlDLL in silverlight

Click on the Maximize and Minimize button to view the animations. I have caught the animations live here.

silverlight Blacklight ControlDLL

Happy Coding.

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