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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    Insufficient Graphics Quality

    I downloaded a sample of this Nookbook. The content of the text appears adequate. However, the graphics quality of the figures were insufficient and could not be used. I did not find a way to enlarge the images. So, I did not purchase the Nook book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Great book with nice details

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Silverlight 4.0.

    This book covers the basics of Silverlight and covers all the topics to get you started. It does not assume that you need to know anything about Silverlight. The treatment is so nice that even begineers can understand the concept without any difficulty though the title says Pro.

    The author has taken pain to cover all minute details and it really shows in the book. The flow is nice covering various topics taking you step by step with color text to highlight the code to be focused on.

    Though this book covers the topics it is meant for which is Silverlight - it does not cover WCF RIA services and the business side of writing applications. The book is oriented towards covering only UI concepts and it does this very well. The reason is because there is another book to cover how to write business application and it shown in the road map on the back cover.

    Overall I strongly recommend this book to everyone as it is nice to read the book and also could be used as a reference.

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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.

    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.

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  • 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.

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