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Silverlight 4 in Action Paperback – October 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1935182375 ISBN-10: 1935182374 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

When I set out to write this edition, I wanted to create the definitive book on Silverlight for developers. While I spent many sleepless nights to put this together (the more amusing bits are the 4am paragraphs when the geek humor really comes out), it was a labor of love about a product I enjoy using for a community I respect.

I wrote this for both the accomplished developer who is new to Silverlight, and the Silverlight developer who wants to better understand the inner workings of this platform. If you're new to Silverlight, you'll find this book a good choice for getting up to speed. Like great video games where you can go back and replay with a different character for an enhanced experience, you'll find this book to be full of "Ah-hah" moments once you've written a few Silverlight projects.

The full set of source code is downloadable from Manning's site.

Achievement Unlocked: Awesome Silverlight Developer.

About the Author

Pete Brown is a Community Program Manager leading the developer division community team . Pete's focus at Microsoft is the community around client application development (Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows Forms, C++, XNA, Native Windows API and more).

Prior to joining Microsoft, Pete was a Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect with 17 years experience building applications in everything from Assembly and C++ to VB and dBase to C# and .NET.

Pete lives with his wife and two children, a bunch of fish, and swarms of mosquitos, in the woods outside of Annapolis, MD.

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Clearly organized content and well thought out examples.
Joel Tipke
As it turns out, the entire book is amazing - straight to the point with exactly the right amount of detail that needs to be there.
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All in all I highly recommend this book to anyone doing Silverlight development.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson VINE VOICE on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Finally someone has given Matthew MacDonald some competition when it comes to Silverlight books. This book is a great read.

The book starts with an introduction to Silverlight and XAML and then digs into the application model and browser integration.

Below are the book's chapters-

Introducing Silverlight
Core XAML
The application model and the plug-in
Integrating with the browser
Integrating with the desktop
Rendering, layout, and transforming
Panels
Human input
Text
Controls and UserControls
Binding
Data controls: DataGrid and DataForm
Input validation
Networking and communications
Navigation and dialogs
Structuring and testing with the MVVM/ViewModel pattern
WCF RIA Services
Graphics and effects
Printing
Displaying and capturing media
Working with bitmap images
Animation and behaviors
Resources, styles, and control templates
Creating panels and controls
The install experience and preloaders

There are also an appendix on how to install the database used throughout the book's examples.

The book does a great job introducing MVVM, RIA Services, and inversion of control. The MVVM chapter is one of the best resources I have come across for someone to learn about the pattern.

The threading coverage using SynchronizationContext is great. It is the first book I have seen use it instead of the Dispatcher.

The author's style of writing is clear and the book is an enjoyable read. If the author detours to a sidebar story, it is done in such a way that it adds enjoyment to the reading and value to the topic at hand. I have read a ton of books lately where I find that not to be the case.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Estep on October 6, 2010
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It's rare to find a technical book that succeeds in balancing depth with approachability. I've been using Silverlight since it was still called WPF/E so I'm no novice. But unlike many technical books, you have to make a choice between entertaining "beginner" books and dry "expert" books with the latter reading more like a textbook. I was very please to discover that Brown's book does cross that gap quite well. It certainly has content that a veteran like myself needs but it also takes a relative beginner (at least in the specific Silverlight technology) and helps them come up to a more useful speed.

As I said previously, the style is lighter than one typically finds in a technical book of this depth and length. This is a good thing. Brown has discovered the little applied truth that technical books don't have to read like an IBM manual, circa 1975. The tone is conversational when it's appropropriate but doesn't sacrifice content quality or substance in favor of that style.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good end-to-end guide to Silverlight version 4. It's broad, but has good depth. I can't recommend it enough.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JoeSuchy on September 22, 2010
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Let me just say up front that Pete Brown has such an engaging style of writing, especially to an audience of nerds! The little references to Star Wars and so many other nerdy references makes the book feel more like a conversation instead of another dry book about technology. I have also not seen Silverlight covered as completely anywhere else. Pete covers many topics that are hard to explain and I think other authors just decide to stay away from. Even the way the book is laid out: Intro, application structure, "completing the experience". It just makes sense. I find myself reading a chapter, writing bits of code to reinforce what we covered, and then I'm ready to read some more! I follow Pete on Twitter and enjoy his comments and helpful tidbits there, but this book is the full explanation. Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Mork on October 11, 2010
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If you're like me, you've been waiting for this book for a while. It doesn't disappoint.

What's good about it?
* It's really clear. Rare is the technical book that reads this well.
* It's really complete. Rare is the technical book that covers this much material in style.
* It has tidbits. If you know of Pete Brown, you know he knows Silverlight inside and out. This books surfaces that knowledge in a really interesting and compelling way.

What's bad about it?
* It's not really a cookbook. If that's what you need, look elsewhere.
* Buying this book kills trees. (I'm trying here...)

Who should buy it?
*Anyone* who is interested in Silverlight. You want it on your bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Lacovara on December 15, 2010
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Other people have already covered the important ground so I'll just say that I've been through most of the main Silverlight books, Matthew MacDonald's Apress books are good (but stay away from the other Apress books), the PACKT book on Silverlight 4 Data and Services is surprisingly good, but Silverlight in Action is definitely the best. Thank you Pete Brown, and thank you Manning.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By outcoldman on January 26, 2011
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Silverlight 4 in Action (Manning, Pete Brown) - this is second book, which I read about Silverlight. First was Pro Silverlight 3 in C# (Apress, Matthew MacDonald), which helped me when I was need to very quickly know more about Silverlight after WPF. After reading Silverlight 4 in Action I think that this is best book about Silverlight. But maybe I should compare this book with Pro Business Applications with Silverlight.

I think that most of Silverlight and WPF developers know book's author's blog Pete Brown. Since 2009 author is Microsoft employee, since 2007 Silverlight became the main technology of development for him. You can think that Silverlight 4 in Action is second edition, because Manning has also Silverlight 2 in Action, which I didn't read. But Silverlight 2 in Action has different authors than SL4 in Action. So talk about what's new in Silverlight 4 in Action is no good, it is different book, written by another author. Looks like this is first book of Pete Brown, and it is written very good.

After buying paper book you will get also free e-book version (pdf), which you can read with Kindle device for example (only in album rotation). The book has about 800 pages, has 3 parts and 25 chapters.

First what was strange for me it was order of chapters. Chapters about creating own panels, custom controls (not UserControls), and about styles and resources located at the end of the book (with comparing with Pro Silverlight 3). Maybe for beginners it will be a problem, but for me all was very consecutive. And I think it is very logical that stuff which you will use not really often showed at the end of the book, like: Writable Bitmap, making own panels and controls.
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