The Silverlight Notification API is a new feature introduced in Silverlight 4 Beta 1. If you are developing your application using Silverlight, and want to show some notification messages like Outlook to the user, then you can use this. Remember that this feature only works out of browser.
To develop Silverlight 4 applications, you must need Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, which you can download from the Microsoft site. If you are using Visual Studio 2008, then you can install Visual Studio 2010 side by side too. After you have installed the studio, just go with the installation of the “Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010”.
Use of the Code
After you setup your development environment, create a new Silverlight 4 application using Visual Studio 2010. This will automatically create a page “MainPage.xaml” for you. Add two buttons in your XAML: one to install the Silverlight application as out of browser, and another to show the notification.
<Button x:Name="btnInstall" Width="150"
Height="20" Content="Install OOB" Margin="5"/>
<Button x:Name="btnShowNotification" Width="150"
Height="20" Content="Show Notification" Margin="5"/>
For implementing the Silverlight out of browser feature, follow my earlier post: “How can you implement the Silverlight 3 Out-Of-Browser feature?” Now go to the code-behind file “MainPage.xaml.cs” and implement the
Click event for those. On page load, if it is running out of browser, then create the notification window instance:
notificationWindow = new NotificationWindow();
notificationWindow.Height = 50.0;
notificationWindow.Width = 300.0;
Create your custom notification panel either using XAML or code-behind. You can go for a nice looking UserControl. Here, for example, I will use a
TextBlock inside a
Border to show a simple message.
Border border = new Border()
Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Gray),
Height = notificationWindow.Height,
Width = notificationWindow.Width,
Child = new TextBlock()
Text = "This is a Custom Notification from Silverlight 4",
Foreground = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.White)
Now, on the “Show Notification” button click event, check for whether it is running out of browser. If so, assign the notification panel you created to the content of the notification window instance and call the
Show method of the notification window. Here, you have to pass the duration of the visibility of the notification in milliseconds.
notificationWindow.Content = border;
Now, run your application and click on the “Install OOB” button. This will install the Silverlight application and open the desktop version of it. Click the “Show Notification” button to show the notification at the right bottom corner of your desktop.