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Pro Silverlight 5 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight) Paperback – January 23, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-8132206514 ISBN-10: 1430234792 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Silverlight
  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 4 edition (January 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430234792
  • ISBN-13: 978-8132206514
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew MacDonaldis an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davepl on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I do the majority of my reading in eBook format these days, some things, like a 900 page reference manual, are just better in physical form. Since I had the last edition, which was black and white, I eagerly ordered this updated one, which boldly proclaims that it is "Full Color on Inside". It even shows a color panel on the cover.

The book is entirely black and white. The screenshots are all grey. The code listings are hard to read, because they're syntax colored but printed in grayscale. The 3D section (not to mention the color drawing sections) are particularly hurt by this, but its the dithered, grayscale source code that's the most frustrating. Once you're used to syntax coloring in the modern dev environments we all use you really miss it when it's gone.

I have no idea what went wrong with this, but if it was an error at the printer, they should have burned the batch and reprinted them. Let's face it, on a $50.00 book the print cost is only a fraction of it (if USA Today can do it for 50 cents), and the publisher really should have stepped up and fixed this. I feel sorry for the author (MacDonald) because a work like this was clearly a monumental effort, only to be ruined by either a mistake or an ill-advised cost cutting decision.

I really hope I can get my hands on a full color version of this. I'll be glad to update this review at that time. I'm operating under the assumption this was a production error and that future printings will be fixed. If their "fix" is simply remove the color claim from the cover, it'll be a 3-star book. If it comes out in color, a full 5-star. For now, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

[Later Edit - I see the current image for the cover on Amazon has removed the "full color" claim, so their fix was apparently to change the cover, not fix the book].
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This book is brilliantly written and organized. It cuts through the muck regarding business apps in Silverlight. I highly recommend it.
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By E. Miller on January 19, 2013
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Mr. McDonald is one of my favorite computer-book writers. His approach is usually quite methodical and natural. This book in particular is very easy to understand and brings your Silverlight programming knowledge up a level.
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