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Silverlight 4: Problem - Design - Solution [Paperback]

Nick Lecrenski
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April 26, 2010 0470534044 978-0470534045 1
A hands-on guide to Microsoft's latest rich application development technology: Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 is the newest version of the rich Internet application toolkit that provides support for .NET capabilities over the Internet. With this latest release of Silverlight, Microsoft has revolutionized the way that Web applications can be created. This book uses the popular Problem – Design – Solution strategy to demonstrate how to harness the power and abilities of Silverlight 4 to add value to the overall user experience of a Web site.

Using a Web site created by the author as a reference point, you'll go through the steps of creating a live, fully functional application for the Web using Silverlight 4 and the Silverlight Control Toolkit. Along the way, the book addresses important design considerations, such as the use of Web Services and the SQL Server database.

  • Uses the popular Problem – Design – Solution format show you how to harness the power of the latest version of Silverlight, Microsoft's rich Internet application toolkit
  • Puts the author's own Web site to task as you learn to create rich user interfaces that integrate video, HTML, and social networking components
  • Explains system linking and data flow, end user interface, system architecture based on Silverlight 4 and .NET 4, and more
  • Includes coverage on integrating social networking and Facebook

With this book, you'll quickly get started using the new features of Silverlight 4 to enhance the user experience of a Web site.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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Create a fully functional application using Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 boasts long-awaited features that conquer writing a Rich Internet Application. Using new line-of-business features in this book, you create a web application that's more responsive than a traditional ASP.NET web site. Leveraging new features and the improved Silverlight Toolkit, in each chapter you'll work through the problem statement, design analysis, and solution implementation.

Silverlight 4: Problem–Design–Solution:

  • Explains how to determine functional requirements for your site

  • Details the latest features, such as charting, enhanced data entry controls, navigation framework, and element to element binding

  • Covers the new Silverlight Toolkit featuring themes, charting, and layout management

  • Uses the new .NET RIA Services for your middle tier and data access layers

  • Utilizes existing Silverlight ASP.NET membership, authentication, and profile services

  • Illustrates adding social networking to the application using a Silverlight based MySpace application

  • Addresses generating revenue with Pay-Per-Click advertisements from Google AdSense and recurring monthly subscriptions using the PayPal® developer API

  • Shows how to leverage the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit to incorporate HTML content into a Silverlight application

  • Includes step-by-step deployment instructions to host the site with a real shared hosted provider, Discount ASP.NET

Wrox Problem – Design – Solution references give you solid, workable solutions to real-world development problems. Each chapter is devoted to a different scenario, analyzing every problem, examining relevant design issues, and implementing the ideal solution.

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About the Author

Nick Lecrenski is the founder and lead developer of MyFitnessJournal.com, a popular fitness tracking web site developed entirely in Silverlight.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470534044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470534045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but it is also not a must have May 4, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must say that it is rare to find such an emotional author when reading a programming book, but that is what you get with this book. This guy is excited about programming.

He tells a lot of personal stories and does not hold back his personal opinion.

At first all the emotional jargon bothered me and I found myself just saying "get to the point!!!", but after a while his style of writing grew on me so I was able to keep reading. I do however think this book could have been 200 pages shorter without all the mumbo jumbo.

This is not a Nutshell book, and it is not a reference book. You will need to read it to get the most value out of it.

The thing I like most about the book is all the non-Silverlight information. The author covers implementing a custom membershipprovider, integrating with MySpace, using Adsense, using Paypal, and deploying to discount ASP.net.

The book is not bad, but it is also not a must have.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good but it's not July 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
At first I liked this book very much because of the way the program design is set out and the various options the author covers, with clear reasons for choosing one design choice over another for his application.

However, once I started trying to follow along with his exercises, it became immediately apparent that this book is not intended to teach how to actually work in Silverlight at the coding level. The author simply presents his finished pages with some high-level explanations of his design decisions. He never shows how to put a single control on a page, what references or namespaces are needed, or any explanations of Silverlight syntax. Trying to use it as a tutorial just sucks.

If you already know how to work in the Silverlight IDE and want to see a finished product, this might be a worthwhile book. If you need to learn Silverlight, however, look elsewhere: this book isn't going to be of any use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long winded July 24, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would not recommend this book to anyone wanting to come up to speed quickly with Silverlight 4 technologies. The author rambles on and on and on.... I am having an extremely hard time finishing this book...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful Silverlight book with personality August 22, 2010
Format:Paperback
Using FitnessTrackerPlus Silverlight application as an example, this book helps reader to build different part of this application and introduce different areas of Silverlight development--membership, Silverlight control toolkit, styling, controls, navigation framework, .NET RIA services, and others. The goal of this book is to offer a hands-on, scalable, and reusable Silverlight project that utilizes some latest technologies and toolkit. Instead of just focusing on the technical aspect of the project, author shares his insights, perspectives, and views while explaining technical topics. What I like this book the most is that the FitnessTrackerPlus project has covered many aspects as a real business application--meaning from design the database structure to revenue generation (and how to link with PayPal).

If you are new to Silverlight development, I really recommend you to pick up another book that covers the basics of Silverlight 4 development in addition to this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to cover a subject November 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
The people that have criticized this book as long winded ultimately fail to point out that this is a great book that succeeds at taking you from Problem to Solution while utilizing all the new features of this new technology. It is a great book to read while you code the examples (which all work, by the way) and practically tell you how each new feature works. This might not be a reference book in the long run (as perhaps Pro Silverlight type books are) but this is not the goal of this book. The goal is to walk you through a scenario showcasing the different features available for the developer to create LOB applications using Silverlight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silverlight May 7, 2011
Format:Paperback
Silverlight 4: Problem - Design - Solution (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
At first I liked this book very much because of the way the program design is set out and the various options the author covers, with clear reasons for choosing one design choice over another for his application.

However, once I started trying to follow along with his exercises, it became immediately apparent that this book is not intended to teach how to actually work in Silverlight at the coding level. The author simply presents his finished pages with some high-level explanations of his design decisions. He never shows how to put a single control on a page, what references or namespaces are needed, or any explanations of Silverlight syntax. Trying to use it as a tutorial just sucks.

If you already know how to work in the Silverlight IDE and want to see a finished product, this might be a worthwhile book. If you need to learn Silverlight, however, look elsewhere: this book isn't going to be of any use.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format chosen by the publisher/author March 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
The problem/Design/Solution format does not suit this book.

The result is that the individual chapters and coding are quite meaningless and unhelpful.

It would have been better to have a 'cumulative' format, where successive chapters followed the development of the sample code.

The sample app is good, but its ruined by the organization of the book!

such a shame.... maybe they will do better for edition 2
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written!
The writer may have succeeded in creating possibly the worst software book written. Putting aside the fact that the project is based on the state religion of the U.S. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Harold M. Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very well thought out
It hurts to write this because the author takes a very personal approach to writing and you grow to like him personally over the course of the book. Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars A good end-to-end book
I found this in a library, and of the many SL4 books I'd browsed through, I found this by far the most useful for actually seeing how to build a complete application from DB to... Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by dgolds
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Wrox book I've ever purchased
If you already know a lot about Silverlight 4 then the material may be useful. If you are trying to learn Silverlight, this book is very close to useless. Read more
Published on August 21, 2010 by sigma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be
The author is excellent and passionate. However...

The book however misses clear step-by-step guidance, especially at the beginning of each chapter how to set up the... Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Di Herbert Feichtinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverlight 4: Problem - Design - Solution
So far I have read about 200 pages out of the 500.

I have not a doubt that this book is the best written so far for Silverlight (2/3/4) and business application. Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by Dorothy V. Walker
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