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This valuable reference—in full color—explains the major new release of Silverlight 3 which is dramatically improved over previous versions and makes the development of powerful Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) achievable for everyone. Packed with examples and written by a highly-seasoned team of developers and designers, this book guides you through the languages, tools, and techniques that are used to build applications on the Silverlight 3 platform (Build 40522). Each chapter provides a mini-tutorial on the respective topic, and the examples serve to both educate and inspire you. The information in this book is structured to help prepare you for the real-world challenges you may face when building applications on the Silverlight platform. By the end of the book, you’ll have gained a thorough understanding of how Silverlight applications are architected, developed, and designed.

This book covers:

· XAML basics

· Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008, Expression Blend 3 and Silverlight Runtime and SDK

Transforming text with render transforms

· Using graphics, visuals and adding media for a richer user experience

· Building application, making it come alive and responding to user activity

· Setting up a control project and using a custom control in an application

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470385401
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part 1: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Silverlight.

Chapter 2: XAML Basics.

Chapter 3: Silverlight Architectural Tour.

Chapter 4: Silverlight Developer Toolbox.

Part 2: Using Silverlight 3 Essentials.

Chapter 5: Controls.

Chapter 6: Silverlight Text.

Chapter 7: Layout.

Chapter 8: Styling Your App and Dealing with Resources.

Chapter 9: Using Graphics and Visuals.

Chapter 10: Making It Richer with Media.

Chapter 11: Using the Services.

Part 3: Building Applications.

Chapter 12: Silverlight, the Browser, and the Server.

Chapter 13: First Things First: Handling Cross-Cutting Concerns.

Chapter 14: Dealing with Data.

Chapter 15: Designing and Styling the User Interface.

Chapter 16: Making the Application Come Alive.

Chapter 17: Creating Custom Controls.

Appendices.

Appendix A: Silverlight Base Class Libraries Reference.

Appendix B: System.Windows Reference.

Appendix C: System.Windows.Media Reference.

Appendix D: System.Windows.Shapes Reference.

Appendix E: Additional Resources.

Index.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Silverlight 3

    Wow my first book I ever read in color! This book is great for developers the book covers the UI glitz in a fundamental level that most devs need. The book obviously focuses in Silverlight 3 it starts off with an introduction and provides an overview of Silverlight 3 and how to get started with it. The second part covers the presentation core of Silverlight which is more or less the new stuff in Silverlight that most .NET developers will have to learn. The third part is the real meat of the book the chapters are more or less in terms of how you should think about building applications starting with architectural cross-cutting concerns and moving through the other concerns in a manner that would make sense to a developer building a real application on this platform. The fourth part just contains references for your information. Overall the book is great and would recommend it for starters and pro's.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Great Silverlight 3 Programmers Reference

    This is one of the best ( if not the best) silverlight 3 programmer's reference, it details each and every feature of the whole structure and architecture of silverlight, from basics to custom controls, animations and a very useful Silverlight base class libraries reference. This book comes in full color with the same color structure you will find in the real Visual Studio 2008 or Microsoft Expression Blend, it explains the use of the silverlight plug-in on different Operative Systems like, Mac OS, Linux and others.
    This book is probably not the best selection for beginners, the reader should have at least the basic knowledge of XML, ASP.NET, JavaScript and VB.Net or C#.net.
    The best chapter from my perspective is chapter 8, which explains how to apply style and deal with resources, in this chapter the authors explain in detail and with lots of simple examples how to apply color effects and different types of borders, font-types Shapes, Shadows, Etc.
    Just like I mentioned before, this is a great programmers reference and I absolutely recommend it to increase your silverlight experience and look forward for future releases and new possible features.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Silverlight 3 Programmer's Reference is of no value. It should be an Intro to Expression Blend, but doesn't even do that well. It is not for Visual Studio Development.

    I was looking to tie Silverlight 3 into the Visual Studio 2008 Development Environment. It ignores AJAX and Visual Studio, and librally uses Expression Blend, which is apparently a interim step, until we get VS 2010. The examples provide in the text do not work, particularly with the changes that were made by MS in the transition from Silverlight 2 to 3.
    In my effort to get some of the code to work in Visual Studio 2008, I was reminded by one of the authors that they did not have to participate in the forum to answer questions.

    With all this disappointment, I felt that "I wuz robbed".

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Great book.

    This was a great book. I learned a lot from it and its enough to get started and build applications that compete with flex and flash. It has great insight from start to end and its a great reference book. This book does a great job being enthusiastic about the techonology and it has a broad approach using different tools to deploy a solution.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    Silverlight 3, a gui experience

    The print format of this book is better than before, pages are smooth and
    print stands out against bright white backgroung making each page easier to read. Illustration are in full color, making comparing an illustration to a screen display better.
    Each chapter brings detailed information as to why, with code for comparing what it looks like as well as useful for starting points when working with silverlight projects. This book was contributed to by five different authors, and as such you get a good view of ways to build Silverlight 3 applications with the 2 primary tools, Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend. One feature which is a plus is the Appendices covering the libraries used in Silverlight development. Many of the entries not only give basic information, but illustration of the concept and code samples to assist in the understanding of the reference. Silverlight 3 is a vehicle for creating user interfaces that are more visually appealing, and the format, illustration and samples chosen for this book reflects well on that point.
    I had hoped to see more on .Net RIA Services for use with Silverlight 3, but I suppose the book was printed before that part of the technology was ready.

    Over all a good book for an experienced ASP.Net developer to build your
    Silverlight knowledge.

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    Posted December 26, 2009

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