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From Barnes & NobleWhat's the next step beyond AJAX towards even richer, more immersive web applications? It just might be Microsoft's Silverlight. The 1.0 version's here -- and while others are waiting for 1.1, you can get a major jumpstart with Wrox's Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.
Wrox's Infragistics author is already deeply involved in building commercial products with Silverlight: few developers outside Microsoft have a comparable understanding of Silverlight's potential to deeply integrate media and rich content. (And few developers understand 1.0's inevitable limitations as clearly.) All that insight has found its way into their book.
The authors start with the absolute basics: installing the Silverlight plug-in and SDK, using the SDK's handy Visual Studio application templates, and creating XAML markup that defines what the Silverlight player displays.
You'll check out Expression Blend 2, a promising new Microsoft tool for designing application layouts, creating animations, and adding interactivity to Silverlight applications. You'll learn how to manipulate XAML programmatically via Silverlight's rich programming model; and integrate ASP.NET with Silverlight to create more dynamic user interfaces. Then, after a brief preview of Silverlight 1.1's anticipated support for the .NET CLR, the authors present a complete case study application.
Incidentally, this book's in full color from start to finish. That gives the authors a chance to show off more of what Silverlight can do -- and to color-code all of their copious example code. (If you're building your Silverlight applications with Visual Studio, you'll be right at home.) Last but not least, the authors provide a 50-plus-page reference to both Silverlight objects and XAML – making their book even more useful. Bill Camarda, from the January 2008 Read Only