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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599497
  • ASIN: B008SMA3KY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author, educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He is a regular writer for developer journals such as Inside Visual Basic, ASPToday, and Hardcore Visual Studio .NET, and he's the author of several books about programming with .NET, including User Interfaces in VB .NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls, The Book of VB .NET, and .NET Distributed Applications. In a dimly- remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics. Send e-mail with praise, condemnation, and everything in between, to p2p@prosetech.com.

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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about programming on and off the Web with .NET, teaches programming at Ryerson University, and is a three-time Microsoft MVP.

In everyday life, Matthew is endlessly amazed by the odd, unusual, and just plain bonkers workings of the natural world. Those who don't have tech problems to solve can check out Matthew MacDonald's science books, where he debugs the quirks and complexities of the human brain (Your Brain: The Missing Manual) and body (Your Body: The Missing Manual). Both books include a mash-up of full-color pictures, trivia, and philosophical head-scratchers. Matthew lives in Toronto, with his wife and two daughters.

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Also recommend the Blend 3 Foundation book.
Marcus Fenix
Author explains things exceptionally well and the code samples are great to assist in comprehending the subject matter.
Keith S. Safford
Highly recommend this book to anyone planning to learn more about silverlight 2.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Huguet on November 30, 2008
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This book is very well organized and covers the essential silverlight subjects in depth. The color content makes a big difference for the ease of reading. The most extensive coverage of Silverlight capabilities from controls, animation, networking, databinding, isolated storage, multithreading and more... This book contains all you need to develop full featured applications in Silverlight.
It is the best book I have read on Silverlight 2 (and I've read 4 so far). Simple, I made it the recommended textbook for the silverlight class I am teaching at UCSD this winter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wrightcoder on December 2, 2008
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I have had an opportunity to read a number of Silverlight 2 books that have come out on the market in the last few months. However this one is by far the best book on the subject going into depth on topics and covering ground that was completely ignored by other books. It is easy to read and I have already learned a number of things that I could make work at first but didn't know exactly what was happening under the covers. Highly recommend this book to anyone planning to learn more about silverlight 2.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam on December 12, 2008
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I own several books written by this author and enjoy each one of them.
Most authors have great knowledge about topics they are writing about. Not that many have good ability to explain what they know. Mathew has a great talent of explaining things without going overboard, but still noticing all little "gotchas" that can make your life miserable.
I bought this book among several others after long time of working with Silverlight using Web as information source. This book is way above the rest of them. Despite being familiar with most of the material, I still enjoyed the book very much and picked thing or two that I was not aware of.
The layout is great, the pace is good, there are tons of illustrations and having text printed in color makes it a breeze to go through code samples - you feel like you are in a Visual Studio - your brain will automatically digest the code - with comments, attributes, qualifiers, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mains on July 6, 2009
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I read Matthew McDonald's book Pro WPF to bone up on WPF, XAML, and everything .NET 3.5 has to offer. I have to say that I was impressed by Matthew's writing style, level of detail, and general knowledge that he passed onto the reader. This fact is also the case with Pro Silverlight 2. While WPF has some similarities to Silverlight, the author points out some of the differences (like the lack for EventTrigger support for any event but the Loaded event in the current version).
The book covers all of the major topics, starting with an overview of the basic elements: XAML elements, properties (simple and attached), moving into the subjects of Layout containers, dependency properties, and routed events. He then moves into an overview of the various controls. This overview isn't exhaustive, but gives you a firm foundation. I thought his chapters on shapes, brushes, transforms, audio/video, and animation to be very helpful. It can be difficult to understand how to setup these various features, and Pro Silverlight 2 clarifies it well.
The next section of the book covers the more advanced topics that you would need to know to use Silverlight, such as using web services within ASP.NET/silverlight (a useful topic since Silverlight doesn't use ViewState or server-side technologies because it's running on the client), databinding (which can be challenging due to various levels of nested Silverlight structures), multithreading, and more. He really doesn't leave very many stones unturned in his explanation of the features.
I would highly recommend this book from Apress. Although Silverlight 3 is coming soon, this book will help you understand those fundamentals that will be in the next version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gonzales on April 6, 2009
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I feel very confident about my Silverlight skills now, I bought this one in conjunction with the "Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET developers" and was the best decision ever.

I was looking for a book that covers the core technology and other one that explains me how to integrate it on my current ASP.NET skills and I feel that I am on the right track.

This book really takes you to the core of Silverlight, for me is essential to understand how everything works in order to learn a new technology and this book hasn't failed me.

One note, you need to know C# quite well as it assumes a lot of core knowledge (this is a recommendation for junior devs only). If you are a skilled developer and wants to know about the technology this is the way forward. Really nice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Lile on January 21, 2009
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While it is strongly recommended that you are proficient in C#/.NET before diving into Silverlight, this book does a good job of getting you through it without making too many assumptions about your skillset. Well, you had better be a somewhat decent developer in some language, as there is no real syntax discussion here. But throughout, there are tips to using Visual Studio 2008 (an absolute must for Silverlight, btw), as well as how to work in the Microsoft BCL. While there are many things left out of this book, it seems that there is at least an introduction to everything, and Google will help you find the rest of the answers.
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