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Posted December 7, 2010
Excellent book for beginners and experienced developers alike!
Although I have many years of development experience, I have had limited exposure to the development of web-based applications. My expertise has been in thick-client development and more recently mobile devices. With the upcoming Windows Phone 7 release and its use of Silverlight I decided it was time to expand my horizons.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Don't let a book that is almost 900 pages and has Pro in the title scare you if you are like me. I found this book struck the perfect balance for people just starting out as well as those who may be more experienced in older versions of Silverlight. The author made it a point to highlight any feature that is new to 4.0 which I would think to be very helpful for the latter group.
The author starts by providing an overview of Silverlight and the tools that are used to build applications then gives you a quick taste of creating a simple application and getting it running. The following chapters give the reader a good foundation of UI construction and eventing without going into so much detail as to overwhelm the novice or frustrate the expert. With a good foundation built, the book dives into elements and the application model, navigation, animation then on to more advanced topics such as user controls and multitasking.
One refreshing aspect of the experience was the sample code which was easily downloaded and actually worked. Too often I have had to struggle just to get samples working in the past but not so with this book.
Apress has become my go-to publisher for my technical books over the past couple years. I have a pretty good collection going and I have found each of them to be well organized, well written, and their Companion eBook feature for $10 each allows me to take my collection on the road with me.
In summary, I can recommend this book for anyone interested in developing in Silverlight 4 regardless of their current level of experience. Quality book, eBook option, working sample source, make this one a winner.
Posted November 20, 2010
The Pro Silverlight 4 in C# by Matthew MacDonald is another winner for Apress. In general I've always preferred Pro-series books because of their detailed information about the subject. This book covered a lot of important materials and my favorites included Application Model (thoroughly discussed Silverlight life cycle), File Access (talked about Isolated Storage and other ways you can save/open files), Networking (included socket programming in Silverlight), and a long discussion about Out-of-Browser applications. Matthew was also nice enough to point you to other resources when some items are not covered like information about WCF RIA. This book is a great reference and you must add it to your own library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.