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Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginner's Guide Paperback – April 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1847199768 ISBN-10: 1847199763

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847199763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847199768
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank LaVigne has been hooked on soft ware development since he was 12, when he got his own Commodore 64 computer. Since then, he's worked as developer for financial firms on Wall Street and also in Europe. He has worked on various Tablet PC solutions and on building advanced user experiences in Silverlight and WPF. He lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. He founded the CapArea.NET User Group Silverlight Special Interest Group and has been recognized by Microsoft as a Tablet PC MVP. He blogs regularly at Cameron Albert is an independent soft ware development consultant, with over ten years of experience, specializing in Microsoft technologies such as Silverlight, WPF, WCF, SQL Server, and ASP.NET. Having worked in the medical, insurance, and media/entertainment industries, he has been involved in a variety of development solutions featuring a broad range of technical issues. Cameron also dabbles in game development, utilizing Silverlight and XNA. He maintains a blog that details his exploits in the development world at Cameron lives with his wife in Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

Why not using white arrows?
Di Herbert Feichtinger
I can't believe that the publisher dares to publish such a book with such a title.
It started off alright but seems to get worse as I go.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Lucas on June 7, 2010
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I have worked through Chapter 7 of this book. Below is what I have found.

The code listings in this book are from a previous version of Expression Blend not Expression Blend 4.0. So the explanation of the code in the book is useless as you will be looking at code generated from Expression Blend 4.0 -- if you do the exercises yourself. I would give this book 0 stars if I could.

It is clear the authors, editors, reviewers and publisher attempted to simply make more money from the previous Silverlight 3.0 version of the book by simply cut and pasting. They didn't ever bother to change the source code. The projects are in Visual Studio 2008; not Visual Studio 2010. You cannot create a Silverlight 4.0 project in VS 2008. This is not professional and not a way to build a reputation and win a loyal customer base.

For a beginner's book I think that explaining how a Silverlight Solution is structured and how the Silverlight Project relates to the web project should be explained. The examples simply state add this to the Silverlight project and add that to the web project. I would like to know why. Some of the code listed in the book go for pages. Unless you are a serious C# programmer with a thorough understanding of LINQ, you will be lost.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joel Cochran on April 8, 2010
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I want to be clear and up front: I was the Technical Reviewer for this book, so I've been excited about it for a while now. I receive NO money for working on this book. I receive NO commissions or royalties from its sales. Of course, I do want to see the book succeed, which it should easily do on its own merits. I'll try to be as objective as possible, but since I may be a little biased I understand if you take my review with a grain of salt.

This book takes a different approach to Silverlight. This is not just another reference book. Instead, the book guides you through the hands-on development of several applications and shows you how to incorporate typical features as well as some really cool not-so-typical ones. Of course the book covers entry level material, like introducing XAML and the tools you will want to use. The book has a fair mix of Visual Studio and Blend. Within just a few chapters though, you are adding media, interfacing with Bing Maps, using Isolated Storage, etc. Some of the highlights for me are Data Validation, RIA Services, Charting, and more.

I would not make this your only Silverlight book: you still need a solid reference book. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone getting started with Silverlight. The examples therein will help you accomplishing something nontrivial in a much shorter amount of time than it would take on your own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Di Herbert Feichtinger on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved it when I received it and now hate this book. I used it with VS.2010/Blend RC 4.

I loved this book, as it provides everything I need to learn a new technology quickly:
- It provides step-by-step guidance to build a website
- It creates a single, real-world website, extending it from chapter to chapter
- It is written in simple English, clear style.
- It is well suited for students/beginners
And it is refreshingly new in its mixture of Blend and Visual Studio, as it is needed in the real world.

The author's knowledge is excellent.

However it misses the final touch. Obviously the reviewer hasn't tried to program the samples himself.
- The download source code for VB.NET is missing - why do VB.NET programmers pay the full price?
- The text in the book is not closely related to the downloadable C# samples. Which sample is to be used at the start of a chapter, which in the middle is not said. You have to find out.
- The step-by-step guidance is not "air-tight", when you're lost in Expression Blend, than there is no help in finding your way back.
- The guidance is misleading sometimes, enforced by dark grey arrows in screenshots with black background - invisible when reading at night! Why not using white arrows?
- The book does not mention the required state of Blend before clicking an icon. Therefore dialogs described in the book do not appear ... you're lost again, finding your way out by trial and error. A waste of time.

My recommendation: If you want to code yourself, wait for refurbished edition with better step-by-step guidance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Jackson on May 5, 2010
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I am about a 1/4 through the book and enjoy the book. I like the author's writing style - he seems to understand how to write to developers who are coming from different technologies like ASP.NET, WinForms, Desktop development, etc. While not everything there is to know about SL4 is covered the book does cover what seems to be important. Dare I say a good beginners guide...

One little gripe is that the link provided for the source code in the book takes you to a main page of the publisher. I've contacted the publisher to get the correct link, but have yet to get a response.

I'll try to update my review once I am finished with the book.

Hopefully the publisher gives me the correct link.
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