Silverlight and Custom Components

Hi all,
One of the first things I tried to do when I started using IronRuby with
Silverlight was to separate my view components into separate components.
I
soon learned, to my dismay, that it was way harder than it should be (as
in
– harder than flex does it).

The only way to do it is to use Application.current.load_component. I’ve
written a small component framework that does the job nicely (using
method_missing to proxy the loaded view … it’s pretty cool), but I
want to
make sure there isn’t a better way to do the same thing before I follow
this
path any further.

Oh, and please let me know if this is the wrong mailing list for
IronRuby
Silverilght development :slight_smile:

If there isn’t a RIGHT way to do this, I’m planning on posting the code
on
my blog in a few days.

Thanks
~sean

Dividing things up into UserControls is the Silverlight model for
separating UI components. You should be able to use those components
from XAML by name, like , as well as load them in
Ruby using load_component. I suspect the first one doesn’t work, since
it’ll require a real CLR type to be defined, and we need to figure out a
way to fix that.

I’m going to start moving a good chunk of ironruby-silverlight code
that’s currently part of silverline (http://schementi.com/silverline)
into the ironruby-contrib project, so others can help me build a good
client-side framework for ironruby-silverlight, which will ship on
http://codeplex.com/sdlsdk.

That being said, I was going to revisit controls before SL2 ships, so
I’d be interested in your solution, and whether or not something along
those lines should ship in the SDK.

~Jimmy

On 8/14/08 12:03 PM, “Sean C. Hess” [email protected] wrote:

Hi all,

One of the first things I tried to do when I started using IronRuby with
Silverlight was to separate my view components into separate components.
I soon learned, to my dismay, that it was way harder than it should be
(as in – harder than flex does it).

The only way to do it is to use Application.current.load_component. I’ve
written a small component framework that does the job nicely (using
method_missing to proxy the loaded view … it’s pretty cool), but I
want to make sure there isn’t a better way to do the same thing before I
follow this path any further.

Oh, and please let me know if this is the wrong mailing list for
IronRuby Silverilght development :slight_smile:

If there isn’t a RIGHT way to do this, I’m planning on posting the code
on my blog in a few days.

Thanks
~sean

You’re right, the first one doesn’t work. I tried every way I could
think of
to declare custom xaml with nothing but the dlr, and it just doesn’t
work.
I’m guess there needs to be some other kind of namespace declaration –
one
that doesn’t make the dlr look for an assembly. You say the dlr will
support
this when Silverlight 2 ships?

My solution works, but it’s impossible to declare user controls in xaml

I’ve been declaring containers and then filling them in the
code-behind-esque’s constructor.

I’ll post that code sometime today for you to take a look at. Thanks
for
all the great help

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 1:53 PM, Jimmy S. <

And here is the post. Let me know what I should change, or if anything
is a
waste of time. I’m new to both silverlight and ruby, so I’d love any
suggestions.
http://code.steelpotato.com/2008/08/mint-custom-user-controls-and-tools-for.html

I don’t know who of you is involved in the dynamic silverlight SDK, but
the
puts function is really screwed up. I included my fix for it as well.
And
let’s PLEASE get user controls into the Dynamic Silverlight 2 release

Thanks
~sean

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