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Visual Basic Prism 4 Reference Implementations, QuickStarts, and Hands-on Labs

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  • Version: 4.0
  • Category: SDK
  • Language: English

Prism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain WPF desktop applications and Silverlight Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).

  • Prism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications and Silverlight Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and Windows Phone 7 applications.
    This download is provided to help the Visual Basic developer use the Prism Library. It includes reference implementations, QuickStarts, the Prism Library binaries, and documentation. The documentation includes:
    • Visual Basic Content for Prism4.chm: The documentation for the reference implementations, QuickStarts, and Hands-On Labs in Visual Basic.
    • Prism4.chm: Documentation in C#.
    • Prism4APIReference-{platform}.chm: Library reference API.


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PrismV4_VB.Exe92c1195f91b63b81eec9d4e930f00265b1d4a42a30.37 MB

System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional Edition

  • WPF applications built using this guidance will require the .NET Framework 4.0 to run, and Silverlight applications will require the .NET Framework for Silverlight 4.Before you can use the Prism Library, the following must be installed:
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium, or Ultimate edition
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (installed with Visual Studio 2010)
    • Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2010 (required for Silverlight development; includes the developer Silverlight runtime)
    You may also want to install the following:

Installation Instructions

  • Detailed installation instructions are provided in the Readme file. We recommend all developers read this document.To install the Prism assets, right-click the Prismv4.exe file, and then click Run as administrator. This will extract the source code, binaries, and documentation into the folder of your choice. The Prism Library signed assemblies will be placed in the following folders:
    • {prism}\Bin\Desktop
    • {prism}\Bin\Silverlight
    • {prism}\Bin\Phone
    Prism provides a batch file to register the Prism Library signed binaries with Visual Studio. Registering with Visual Studio is not required, but for many developers, doing so simplifies referencing the Prism Library assets in their own projects. After registering, the Prism Library assets will appear in the Visual Studio Add References dialog box when adding a reference. For more information, see the Readme file.Note: The Prism Library source code is not part of this download. If you want to explorer or modify the Prism Library, you will need to download the C# version here.

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