Silverlight: What is inside a .xap?

Start a new silverlight application(File->New Project-> Silverlight Application), ensure “Host the Silverlight application in a new website” is checked. Now for time being just build the solution. After the build completion look for a file with.xap extension inside the “ClientBin” folder.
Ever wondered wat iteez? No – then here iteez: .xap is a package file and it is nothing but a compressed form of your silverlight dlls, which will be extracted at the runtime from the browser. So did that mean it is some form of .zip? Yeah – just rename the file’s extension to .zip and you should be able to extract it and see whats inside. Do let me know whats inside. iteezzzz 😉


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