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Beginning iOS 5 Application Development
Beginning iOS 5 Application Development
by Wei Meng Lee
Edition: Paperback
59 used & new from $0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely 5 Stars for iOS noob's, May 2, 2012
Full disclosure - I am a senior C, C++, C#, Silverlight developer but an iOS, Objective-C noob. From the perspective of a senior iOS developer who worked through Lee's previous iOS 4 version of this book, the ratings might be fair; however, from the perspective of a iOS 5 noob who is just learning iOS and did not read Lee's previous book, this is definitely a 5 star book. Everything seems to be updated to iOS 5 without any errors that I have noticed.

The printing and color in this book are first class. The material that Lee presents is also first class and all the examples so far have been well done without any issues - it's a fun book to read.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is just starting to learn iOS (after all, the title is "Beginning iOS 5"). If you are a senior iOS developer then I would read the other reviews.

This is, by far, the best book that I have bought (and I have bought most of them) for a noob learning iOS 5.


Pro Silverlight 5 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)
Pro Silverlight 5 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)
by Matthew MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.48
49 used & new from $10.27

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Work by Matthew, March 12, 2012
This is another first class, top notch book from Matthew MacDonald on Silverlight.

I certainly understand the disappointment in receiving a gray scale book when it was suppose to be in color; however, I strongly disagree about rating the book below a 4.

This is an extremely well done book (with the exception of the printing which is not Matthew's fault). It takes a great deal of time and effort to develop a first class book and to cut Matthew down because of a printing error by APress is certainly not justified.

The PDF version of this book, which is available from the APress website, is in full color with good quality.

I highly recommend this book as a first class, intermediate book on Silverlight 5.

Just FYI - I am currently having some issues downloading the source code from the APress website.

David Roh


Silverlight 4 Unleashed
Silverlight 4 Unleashed
by Laurent Bugnion
Edition: Paperback
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, November 7, 2010
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Silverlight 4 Unleashed is a top quality book which I feel is more intermediate level. The book does provide enough information for an experienced .NET developer (e.g. C#) to get the examples up and running; however, it probably requires some experience with Expression Blend and the Model-View-ViewModel architecture to appreciate the books content. This book does use the Silverlight Toolkit.

Laurent is a very experienced, very capable Silverlight/Expression Blend developer/designer who has been doing Silverlight from the beginning - no I don't know Laurent personally, I have just read his blog for a long time.

There are two very important areas that Laurent is noted for:
His work in making a Silverlight architecture that is blendable (i.e. works well in Expression Blend)
His Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) library called "MVVM Light Toolkit" which is open source

When I develop with Silverlight I usually have Visual Studio open on one screen and Expression Blend open on another screen for the same project. There are many different ways of implementing Silverlight that Expression Blend cannot display - Laurent has has spent a lot of effort developing a MVVM architecture that works well in Expression Blend.

This is a top quality, full color, high print quality book that I highly recommend which will probably be more appreciated by intermediate to advanced Silverlight/Expression Blend architect developers/designers.

I was not a technical reviewer.
I do own both the PDF and hardcopy versions of the book.
I have been a Silverlight developer for over three years.
This is a honest review.


Pro Silverlight 4 in C#
Pro Silverlight 4 in C#
by Matthew MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.71
84 used & new from $0.01

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, October 29, 2010
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The book is an updated version of MacDonald's Silverlight 3 book with the same print quality which is superb - includes full color .

If you want to learn Silverlight 4, this is the book to own - period.

There is almost 50 meg of downloadable source code examples which all work.

MacDonald has done an excellent job with this book just like all of the previous version.

This book is an excellent starting point for Silverlight beginners with a good C# background; however, this book will also take the reader through the intermediate level of Silverlight 4.

If you can only buy one Silverlight 4 book, buy this one!

David Roh
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WPF 4 Unleashed
WPF 4 Unleashed
by Adam Nathan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.53
77 used & new from $2.33

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Update of Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed, June 16, 2010
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This review is from: WPF 4 Unleashed (Paperback)
This is now the number 1 book for learning WPF 4 - it is a significant update of "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed" which was the best book for learning WPF. The book looks like it is twice as thick as the previous book; however, it is exactly the same style with material that looks just like the previous book - many of the same samples. The code is downloadable and uses Visual Studio 2010 solutions.

Very highly recommended.


WPF Programmer's Reference: Windows Presentation Foundation with C# 2010 and .NET 4
WPF Programmer's Reference: Windows Presentation Foundation with C# 2010 and .NET 4
by Rod Stephens
Edition: Paperback
Price: $40.00
51 used & new from $3.52

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource and Learning Book, March 19, 2010
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This is a really nice book with full color and great print layout. The source code is easily downloadable, compiles and runs without any issues with many very nice examples. There may be a few typos in the book; however, I have not found any issues yet. I think this is a terrific book which is a very valuable resource for both learning and as a reference - I highly recommend it.

David Roh


Pro Silverlight 3 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)
Pro Silverlight 3 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)
by Matthew MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: $49.99
98 used & new from $0.01

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - The Best Silverlight 3 Book Period, November 6, 2009
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First the good news - the PDF version of this book and source code are available now from the APRESS web site.

I have had this book on order for so long that Amazon actually cancelled my first order.

The PDF (and I am sure the print version) is in full color.

The book is an updated version of MacDonald's Silverlight 2 book - from the PDF it appears to have the same print quality which is superb.

If you want to learn Silverlight 3, this is the book to own - period.

David Roh


WPF Control Development Unleashed: Building Advanced User Experiences
WPF Control Development Unleashed: Building Advanced User Experiences
by Pavan Podila
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from $46.92

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, October 9, 2009
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This is a really awesome book that will really help you to understand developing in WPF even if you never create a control - it is much more than just about control development.

The book quality and code quality are outstanding.

I highly recommend this book.

David Roh


The Silverlight Code 2.0 Edition - Color Edition: The Secrets Guide To Microsoft Silverlight 2.0
The Silverlight Code 2.0 Edition - Color Edition: The Secrets Guide To Microsoft Silverlight 2.0
by Harry J. Misner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $49.99
22 used & new from $0.01

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a huge rip-off - there are no secrets, January 12, 2009
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I purchased this book based on all the great reviews.

This book is a huge rip-off - there are no secrets, nothing but very, very basic stuff.

This book uses huge text with lots of space.

If you choose to buy this book anyway, just remember that I warned you.

If you know absolutely nothing about Silverlight and you would like to learn the very, very basics then this book would be okay if it cost less than one fourth of it's current price.

I would give it less than one star if I could.

If you want a good Silverlight book go look at "Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008" which is excellent.

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David Roh
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Sams Teach Yourself WPF in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself WPF in 24 Hours
by Robert Eisenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.27
52 used & new from $12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, January 8, 2009
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Awesome book taking one through the intermediate level of WPF programming.

This books is a real pleasure to read.

It is very well organized, covering this most important WPF topics in a very to the point, easy and fun to read style.

The book's color printing makes it very easy and enjoyable to read.

This book is not about Expression Blend - it is about WPF programming utilizing XAML and C#.

This book also does a good job of explaining MVP architecture.

Of all my WPF books this book and Adam Nathan's "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed" are the best.

I highly recommend it.

David Roh


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