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Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 Paperback – August 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430272076 ISBN-10: 1430272074 Edition: 2010th

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430272074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430272076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Anderson has been a professional developer for over 10 years now, specializing in building desktop, web, and mobile business applications using Microsoft technologies for industries as wide ranging as accounting, property valuation, mining, the fresh produce industry, logistics, field services, sales, and construction. Now running his own business he has turned to Silverlight as the ideal new technology for developing and deploying business applications. Chris currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

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Chris Anderson has been a professional developer for over 12 years, specializing in building desktop, web, and mobile business applications using Microsoft technologies for industries as wide ranging as accounting, property valuation, mining, the fresh produce industry, logistics, field services, sales, construction, and software development tools. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems with a Diploma in Engineering Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Chris is currently the Developer UX Architect at expanz (http://www.expanz.com). Currently specializing in Silverlight and WPF, Chris has spoken on this topic at conferences such as Code Camp Australia, TechEd Australia, Silverlight Code Camp Australia, REMIX Australia, and numerous Sydney Silverlight Designer and Developer Network (SDDN) meetings. Chris maintains a blog at http://chrisa.wordpress.com, and can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/christhecoder.

Chris is the author of Pro Business Applications in Silverlight 5 (Apress), Pro Business Applications in Silverlight 4 (Apress), and was a co-author to Professional Visual Studio 2010 (Wrox).

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It's very clear to understand.
Remo
If you are developing Silverlight 4 applications as a business application and utilize all the new technologies, you need this book.
Keith S. Safford
Code is given but it does not tell you where or what file to put it in.
crowcoder

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 7, 2010
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This book sounded great and is structured to appear great. There is just way too much chatter going on. The author takes an around about way to approaching almost all the topics.

MVVM is not rocket science, but the way the author approaches it, you'd think you are about to learn how to do brain surgery while building a rocket, and then he explains how to remove a splinter. There was way too much chatter about how controversial the MVVM pattern is in this chapter.

As of now there is no code available. If the author gets some code out, it may help. He explains a lot of situations that should have been presented with a screenshot or some sample code.

I think the chapter on WCF RIA Services will confuse the heck out of someone approaching it for the first time. It confused me, and I have put together a lot of training on it.

At first I thought I would like the index. It is very thorough. It is 39 pages out of the 552. But as I started using it, I found it point to just about everything mentioned on a topic except for what I wanted to know. It just pointed to everything!!!!

As far as learning line of business application development, you are better off going with Introducing Silverlight 4 (Expert's Voice in Silverlight).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Free on September 20, 2010
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In Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4, Chris Anderson lays out from beginning to end the steps necessary to create Silverlight-based business applications that fulfill the requirements currently met by ASP.NET and other web development platforms.

I read the book cover to cover in tutorial fashion with Visual Studio on hand to try some of the code and procedures. The process went smoothly with no backtracking or skipping ahead in the text necessary with the exception of a couple of minor problems with code and Visual Studio walkthroughs.

Chris mentions experience with C# and Visual Studio as prerequisites for the reader in Chapter 1, but since nearly every chapter contains XAML (an XML-based markup language), the reader should also have a basic understanding of XML. I found that ASP.NET experience was a big help as well.

There are two chapters dedicated to XAML. The first is an introduction, providing enough information for subsequent chapters. The second, later chapter covers more advanced features. The depth of information found in these chapters was more than I expected and reflects the importance of XAML expertise felt by the author.

Chapters 6 and 7 describe how to implement common user interface elements such as lists, drill down, data entry and validation. I was glad to see that these basic elements were covered. These easily account for 90% of my user interface work. Chapter 11 covers Silverlight user controls and custom controls. That took care of the other 10%.

Business applications require access to data stores. Several options to accomplish this are discussed, focusing mainly on WCF RIA Services.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Hrones on August 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Of all the Silverlight books I've read, this is the only one that explained the nuances of Silverlight in a style that a seasoned WinForms developer could easily comprehend.
I loved the logical flow and completeness of the material presented. Unlike other books on Silverlight, I didn't feel the need to flip back and forth to understand the current topic. The style and focus of the material helped me to understanding the underlying technology rather than just the tools used in development.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Reineri on October 14, 2010
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The author does a good job of covering the steps to get started with building line-of-business applications using Silverlight 4 and WCF RIA Services. Unfortuantely, that is the only scenario that is covered. Should you have any desire or need to access any other service technology from your Silverlight application you are left out in the cold. REST services, (non RIA) WCF services, .NET asmx web services, and non-Microsoft web services are not covered. For this reason, I feel that this is much more of a beginners book than a 'Pro' level book as the title suggests. Similarly, the lightweight treatment given to the MVVM pattern is disappointing given that the line-of-business applications that this book targets are the sweet spot for using the MVVM pattern.

The coverage of XAML, data binding, custom controls and printing do a very good job of presenting the subject and I learned much from them. The application deployment chapter was great, it covered the subject well and had a very good explanation on customizing the Silverlight install process.
To the authors credit there were a few places in the book where he explicitly pointed out the namespace for a class that was used in some sample code.

Unfortunately, there are as many or more instances where he did not. This is a pet-peeve of mine and is by no means limited to this book. To be fair, most books, blog postings, examples and tutorials do an extremely poor job of this.
The organization of the material worked well when I used it as a step-by-step tutorial for building my first Silverlight/Ria Services project. It did not work as well when I used it as a reference tool. In the RIA services chapter I often had a difficult time determining whether the example code was server-side code or client-side code.

Overall, I found this book useful and I learned from it. But, if I were to get all of my Silverlight 4 information from one source, I would not want this book to be it.
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