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European Cloud Silverlight 5 Hosting – :: How to Set Focus Control in Silverlight 5

clock September 1, 2014 12:42 by author Onit

In this article I will going to show you about focusing any element in Silverlight, Silverlight 5 is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash. Just supposed that we had a login panel as he very first screen after validation we will navigate to another page. So when I am talking about the login panel we will have two input fields (textboxes) to insert username and password and looking from thge user's point of view we want that the username textbox field is to be focused.


Create a Silverlight Application

Before we jump more into the content about focus control first we should create a Silverlight application, just named it (for example: "FocusingControlInSilverlightApplication", use one textbox, passwordbox and button for the login interface.

It will looked like below:

Set Focus to the username textbox

So as we know we have a function something like Focus() to make it focused but it is not going to work for the very first time. Here is the reason, when we will run the application the Silverlight Plugin is not yet focused. Unless until we focus that Plugin in we can't focus any control in Silverlight application. To make it happen we have to simply add a single line of code on the loaded event which will look like and focus the Plugin

public MainPage()

            this.Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(MainPage_Loaded);

        void MainPage_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            //First focus the silverlight plogin and than focus the control.
            HtmlPage.Plugin.Focus(); (1)

Line one is focusing the Silverlight Plugin.
Focus that element.
But we need to add the following to the namespace import section.

using System.Windows.Browser;

Now run the application and you will find the control focused.

Once the Silverlight Plugin is focused, the simple Focus() function will work. Suppose we want to set the focus to the passwordbox; now after the Silverlight Plugin is focused so any event let say we add a focus button beside the login button and on click event of that button let's add the following

void focusButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            //After Silverlight Plug in is focused

And the screen will look like:

Click on the focus button and your passwordTextBox will be focused; the reason being is we have already focused the Plugin.

I just want to point to that since our login page is the very first page so we need to focus it using code behind. If suppose you have already clicked any of the Silverlight controls or the page itself, we have gotten the Plugin focused; after that if we want to focus any control, we can simply use the control.Focus() method.


We do have an alternative to focus the Plugin at the very first moment of page load. As we know for every Silverlight application we get a .aspx and .html page created automatically.

This page has got the .xap file integrated in them which looks like:


    <form id="form1" runat="server" style="height:100%">
    <div id="silverlightControlHost">
        <object id="focusingControlInSilverlightApplicationTestPageXaml"  data="data:application/x-silverlight-2," type="application/x-silverlight-2" width="100%" height="100%">
                     <param name="source" value="ClientBin/FocusingControlInSilverlightApplication.xap"/>
                     <param name="onError" value="onSilverlightError" />
                     <param name="background" value="white" />
                     <param name="minRuntimeVersion" value="4.0.50826.0" />
                     <param name="autoUpgrade" value="true" />
                     <a href="" style="text-decoration:none">
                               <img src="" alt="Get Microsoft Silverlight" style="border-style:none"/>
              </object><iframe id="_sl_historyFrame" style="visibility:hidden;height:0px;width:0px;border:0px"></iframe></div>

Including some JavaScript. So let's include the id attribute for the object tag and give some name; in my case it is "focusingControlInSilverlightApplicationTestPageXaml" and add the following function to the JavaScript section:

function FocusPlugin() {


And on the body part of HTML add the following:

<body onload="FocusPlugin()">

This will do the work; you don't need to write anything in the code behind. At the very first moment when the .aspx or .html (test pages) loads it will focus the corresponding Plugin and there after only control.focus() method will focus the control.

European Silverlight 5 Hosting – :: Tips - The Easiest way to Reading URL-Parameters in Silverlight

clock August 15, 2014 08:38 by author Onit

In this guide we will showed you how to read the URL-Parameters in Silverlight this article will showed you the easiest way to read it. In CRM there is a setting that you can “pass-param”. If you are on a CRM Form you get keys like “typename” and “id”.

Below is the Complete list of CRM:





Entity Name

Name of the entity


Entity Type Code

Integer that uniquely identifies the entity in a specific organization


Object GUID

GUID that represents a record.


Organization Name

Unique name of the organization.


User Language Code

Language code identifier that is being used by the current user.


Organization Language Code

Language code identifier that represents the base language for the organization.

For Example is like


If you have the Silverlight in the Sitemap you don’t get (of course), typename, type and id. You can read them in your Silverlight:

IDictionary<string, string> QueryString = HtmlPage.Document.QueryString;
 string orgname, entityname;

 if (QueryString.ContainsKey("orgname"))
     orgname = QueryString["orgname"];

 if (QueryString.ContainsKey("typename"))
     entityname = QueryString["typename"];


European Silverlight 5 Hosting – :: How to Create Multi-Click Event in Silverlight 5

clock August 6, 2014 07:22 by author Onit

Silverlight 5 has given us a new property in the MouseButtonEventArgs called Click Count. Before the release of this Silverlight 5, there are no implementation of “double click” event, you need to write your code to implement that. But instead of giving double click event, the Silverlight gave us the ability to tracking how much clicking we done. But there’s a limitation of the clickcount, and in this article will look at creating a solution to resolve it.

Implement ClickCount

For this post we will be using a simple test harness that look like this:

The blue box on the left is going to be our click area.  The right side is a simple ListBox with the ItemsSource set to an ObservableCollection<string>.  And here is what the XAML looks like:

<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
    <Rectangle Fill="Blue"
    <ListBox x:Name="lbClicks"

You can use the code below for the code behind that xaml

private ObservableCollection<string> _events =
             new ObservableCollection<string>();
public MainPage()
    lbClicks.ItemsSource = _events;

look at the first example. To track the ClickCount we need to add the MouseLeftButtonDown event. Add the code below to our rectangle in XAML:

<Rectangle Fill="Blue"

In our event handler, we can easily track the click count by adding a new string to our _events collection.  You will notice that the ClickCount will increase each time you click the mouse button if you are quick enough.  Pause in the clicking for a moment and the ClickCount will reset!.

private void Rectangle_MouseLeftButtonDown(object sender,
                                  MouseButtonEventArgs e)
       _events.Add("Click Count : " + e.ClickCount);

You can see that we can track a double click or triple click or a click-15 if we want.
All we would need to add is a conditional statement based off of the ClickCount property.

if(e.ClickCount == 2)

  MessageBox.Show("Double click");


however, While this is an interesting solution for the missing functionality, it does have a missing component that will cause you some grief.  Instead of our conditional statement that we had above, what if our code looked something like this:

if(e.ClickCount == 1)
  MessageBox.Show("Single click");
else if(e.ClickCount == 2)
  MessageBox.Show("Double click");}

If you run this code, you will notice that you will never fire the “Double click” MessageBox.  This is because the moment the first MessageBox is displayed, the focus is taken away from our rectangle and thus the ClickCount is started over when we come back to it.  This means that attempting to implement two events is a bit tricky.

How to make it worked!

So How to track multiple click?  You need to write some code.  In order to create a reusable solutionwe decide to implement solution as a behavior.  This will allow us to add a multiple click handler to any UIElement in XAML without having to do a bunch of wiring.  However, the code is straight forward enough you can easily remove it and create your own reusable solution.

Every time a user clicks on your object a DispatcherTimer is stopped and then started.  In addition we track the latest sender object and the ClickCount.  Once the user stops clicking on your object, the DispatcherTimer is allowed to hit the Click event and we fire an event giving the latest ClickCount and the sending object.

Our code for the behavior will looks like this:
public class MultiClick : Behavior<UIElement>

    private DispatcherTimer _timer;
    private int _clickCount;
    private object _sender;

    public MultiClick()
        _timer = new DispatcherTimer()
             {Interval = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 0, 250)};
        _timer.Tick += _timer_Tick;

    #region events and delegates

    public delegate void MouseMultiClickHandler(object sender,
                                              int clickCount);
    public event MouseMultiClickHandler MouseMultiClick;


    #region Behavior Overrides
    protected override void OnAttached()
        += AssociatedObject_MouseLeftButtonDown;

    protected override void OnDetaching()
        -= AssociatedObject_MouseLeftButtonDown;

    #region EventHandlers

    void _timer_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)

        if (MouseMultiClick != null)
            MouseMultiClick(_sender, _clickCount);

    void AssociatedObject_MouseLeftButtonDown(object sender,
                                   MouseButtonEventArgs e)
        _clickCount = e.ClickCount;
        _sender = sender;




The OnAttached/OnDetaching methods are how the Behavior is attached to the object, an UIElement is our case.  The AssociatedObject is simply to object that the Behavior is attached to.  As we discussed before, the DispatcherTimer is stopped and started when the user clicks on the object.  Once the DispatcherTimer hits the Click event, it(dispatcher time) will stop stopped, a MouseMultiClick event is fired and the Behavior waits for the next MouseLeftButtonDown event.

**Note: Its important to set the time at 200 milliseconds. And no longer than that you may get unexpected results.

This is how we use our behavior, Here is what are Rectangle looks like with our Behavior.  I have also removed the MouseLeftButtonDown event.

<Rectangle Fill="Blue"
        <local:MultiClick MouseMultiClick="MultiClick_MouseMultiClick"/>

You can see we attached to the MouseMultiClick event we created in our Behavior.  The code behind is pretty much identical to our original code behind, where we are simply tracking the event:

private void MultiClick_MouseMultiClick(object sender,
                                       int clickCount)
    _events.Add("Multi Click : " + clickCount);
  If you run the project again, you will now see that instead of getting an event for every click, you only get one event for each round of clicking.  So you can track single, double, triple, etc.  From there you can implement your code based on your project needs.

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