Silverlight with PHP

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I do not really need to tell about the Silverlight and its power, since it is apparent. But at the same time I cannot keep mouth shut with the features that Silverlight offers. I have been working on WPF and Silverlight these days. And Just wondering the power the Silverlight has over the Web Apps. It drives me crazy especially compared to ASP.NET Ajax.

What an effective and an easy way to build RIAs. Wondering about the Silverlight architecture and how the mixture of XAML and the managed code sit on the back of the Silverlight.js. Really Excellent.

Using the Silverlight with ASPX is OK, what about with the other languages. Of course not a big deal. Here I explained how to use Silverlight in your PHP application with the C# managed code.

Create a simple PHP file that can take your name and say Hello !


The above PHP script gets post to itself and say Hello.

Now build the Silverlight in VS 2010, when creating the Silverlight application project select the temporary hosting in an HTML file rather than the Web project. This will create an HTML where your Silverlight object is embedded; it would be easy to get the code later.

Put the following in the Layout Grid – XAML Code



Code for button1_Click event in the MainPage.xaml.cs



Now we have the PHP file and the Silverlight application, Let’s put them together.

I’m hosting the PHP using the WAMP, Create a folder SilverlightPHP and save the above PHP file as index.php (so it’s easy to access)

Browse your Silverlight application project folder and inside the Bin->Debug there would be a file with the extension of .xap (description says as XACT project file)

Copy that file and put it into the SilverlightPHP folder.

Then open the HTML file in the Silverlight application project folder (it’s also in the Debug folder)

copy the Javascript code and paste it inside the <head> </head> or keep it as separate .js file and link it.

Then copy the Silverlight embedding code from the HTML and paste it inside the body. You can set the size here.


Here rather than copying the .xap file to the target folder you can set the value to as the path of the .xap file.

Save the index.php

Then RUN !@# and have FUN.

The real amazing thing is this a very cool way to bring the RIA capability to our normal PHP apps. You can notice that when you click the Say Hello button of the PHP the page reloads but when you click the Say Hello button of Silverlight it is completely an asynchronous call to the Silverlight object model. (great AJAX feature). More than that here we use C#.NET and the PHP in the same web interface.