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Microsoft Silverlight 4 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Phillip Beadle , Mahesh Krishnan
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Book Description

The fun and easy guide for building Silverlight 4applications!

Silverlight is a Web browser plugin that enables functions suchas animation, streaming media, vector graphics, and audio-videoplayback that characterize rich Internet applications. It onlyrequires a simple download, after which most end-users are not evenaware that it's running. This helpful guide covers everything youneed to know in order to start creating applications in Silverlight4 and then moves on to key topics such as controls, data binding,skinning, using Visual Studio tools, and more.

Whether you have just the most basic programming skills and areinterested in learning to develop Silverlight apps or you are anexperienced developer looking for an understandable guide on thenewest version of Silverlight, Microsoft Silverlight 4 ForDummies is ideal for a wide audience.

  • The Silverlight plugin enables animation, streaming media,vector graphics, and audio-video playback
  • Shows you how to create applications in Silverlight 4
  • Covers important Silverlight topics including controls, databinding, skinning, animations, and more
  • Discusses how to best use the offering of tools from VisualStudio

Get enlightened and start creating Silverlight 4applications with this book by your side.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

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From the Back Cover

Make your rich Internet applications shine on multiple browsers and platforms

Silverlight makes stunning Web effects — animation, streaming media, audiovisual playback — easier than you could have imagined. Whether you're new to Web design or just to Silverlight, this book is packed with all the info you need to start creating applications using Visual Studio and Expression Blend.

  • Getting started — find out what you need to get started with Silverlight and download the necessary tools

  • Gain control — style and manipulate Silverlight controls such as text boxes and buttons, and create your own

  • Make it move — enrich your user interface with animations that upload fast and don't devour bandwidth

  • Stick things together — understand data binding and how it supports your applications and streamlines programming

  • Much ADO about data — work with ADO.NET Data Services and WCF RIA Services to create versatile business applications

Open the book and find:

  • How Silverlight delivers a rich user experience

  • Clear examples of XAML

  • Tips on drawing shapes and doing animation

  • Advice on the best tools to use with Silverlight

  • Effective ways to work with controls

  • How to customize controls and create your own

Learn to:

  • Develop seamless cross-platform, cross-browser Web applications

  • Design visually rich user interfaces with ease

  • Use Expression Blend and Visual Studio® with Silverlight

  • Deliver application data efficiently with WCF RIA Services and ADO.NET

Ten ways to get more from Silverlight

How to connect to your data on demand

Visit the companion Web site at to find all the code used in this book and save yourself time and effort

About the Author

Mahesh Krishnan develops Web applications using Microsoft technologies and speaks regularly at conferences. He is very active within the .NET and Silverlight communities.

Philip Beadle is a Senior Developer at DotNetNuke and speaks at numerous conferences. He is a coauthor of DotNetNuke For Dummies and has contributed to other books. Both are senior consultants at Readify.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4091 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062OBIWW
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start! May 18, 2010
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I'm totally new to Silverlight and found this a great entry level book, though I would put its technical content above the "dummies" level.

First half is about using Expression Blend, something I hadn't intended to use but now am reconsidering it. Second half was what I wanted most ... Data binding, WCF and RIA Services in Silverlight.

The author uses good examples that help you quickly walk through the process. There were a couple of errors in the text. On page 216 it reads ...
wc.OpenReadCompleted += OpenReadCompleted;

This may work (maybe not) but the better naming convention is used on the next page ...
wc.OpenReadCompleted += wc_OpenReadCompleted;

There were a few other places where what I saw in Visual Studio didn't match his narration nor the screen shots. Maybe that's on Microsoft with changes in the version of Visual Studio and either way, it didn't break anything. I just like it when it matches so I know I did it correctly.

I don't like the author's naming conventions. He suggested putting spaces in the database name, [Silverlight For Dummies]. In tables, he calls the primary key of every table ID and he named the Visual Studio project SilverlightForDummiesWCFDataServices. Try typing that one 3 times fast!

I had trouble with the WCF Data Services and the RIA Services sections. Could be the book was written on specs that changed before the production release, but I couldn't follow the code in these sections too well. Still, it was a good starting point. I now feel ready to launch into a more in-depth book.
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Mahesh Krishnan is fortunate enough to be paid for what he loves doing most--creating software. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked in India, the UK, the United States, and Australia on a number of projects ranging from shrink-wrapped products to large corporate applications. He currently works as a principal consultant at Readify, a company that specializes in consulting and training in Microsoft technologies.

Prior to this, he was the technical director of The Thin Blue Line at Victoria Police, where he was responsible for delivering a number of key projects. Mahesh is well-known in the .NET community and frequently speaks at community and industry events such as code camps, YOW!, Tech Ed, and REMIX. He organizes the DDD Melbourne Conference every year and runs Victoria .NET, which is one of the largest .NET user groups in Australia. He is also one of the founding members of Silverlight Developer and Designer Network as well as the Windows Azure Meetup in Melbourne.


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