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Hosting and Debugging Silverlight in Windows Azure

Posted by dj Articles | Silverlight with C# March 15, 2010
This article will give a pictorial representation of how a Silverlight application can be hosted and debugged on local development fabric of Windows azure.
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This article will give a pictorial representation of how a Silverlight application can be hosted and debugged on local development fabric of Windows azure.

Now a Silverlight application can be hosted in a Web Role. And on local development fabric application can be debugged also.

Step 1

Add .XAP as MIME type to IIS.   To open IIS, click on Start button. After that open Run prompt and type INETMGR. 

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After selecting MIME type from left top corner, select Open Feature from Action tab. 

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After opening Open Feature from the Action tab select Add

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Then add the MIME type. 

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Step 2

Create Azure service.

Select File -> New -> Cloud Services ->Windows Azure Cloud Service.

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After that select ASP.Net Web Role and click on arrow button. 

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Step 3

Add a Silverlight application. Right click on solution then select Add New Projects and select Silverlight application from Silverlight tab. 

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Host the Silverlight application in existing Web Role. 

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Make sure checkbox for Silverlight debugging is enabled is checked. 

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Make Silverlight .aspx page as start page.  Select aspx page from WebRole1 project.

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Step 4

Add some code in XAML. I am adding a button on Silverlight page and on click event of button , I will display a message in messagebox in debug mode.

MainPage.Xaml

<
UserControl x:Class="SilverlightApplication1.MainPage"
    xmlns=http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation
    xmlns:x=http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml
    xmlns:d=http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008
    xmlns:mc=http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006
    mc:Ignorable="d"
    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <Button x:Name="myButton" Height="200" Width="300" Background="Navy" Content="ClickMe" Click="myButton_Click"  />
    </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;

namespace
SilverlightApplication1
{
    public partial class MainPage : UserControl
    {
        public MainPage()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }
        private void myButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("I am Debugging Silverlight in Azure ");
        }
    }
}

Output 

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Step 5

Debugging Silverlight from Azure. Just put a breakpoint in c# code and you would able to debug the Silverlight application hosted in Azure. 

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On running, 

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So Silverlight application is in debugging mode.

Conclusion

In this article, I discussed how to host and debug a Silverlight application in Windows azure. Thanks for reading!

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