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Foundation Expression Blend 2: Building Applications in WPF and Silverlight 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 4th printing Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
With exceptionally patient and generous writing, Gaudioso takes the designer into the world of serious development and stays with you throughout. He does so by introducing you step by step to this unique new application designed for the very purpose of bringing designers and developers together to create the Web applications of the future. He doesn't sugar-coat anything, Blend is a serious tool meant to be used with other serious development tools like Visual Studio. But he's able to step into the mind of the uninitiated and walk you through setting up your development environment in easy-to-understand ways.
I especially appreciated those instances in which he analogizes Web paradigms to explain WPF design constructs, comparing, for example, resource files to CSS and certain layout elements to HTML tables.
If you're a designer interested in getting your arms around WPF, Silverlight and Expression Blend, Gaudioso's book ought to be the first book you buy.
It helped me get started with learning the Expression Blend tool and how to do some basic design. It is not a programmers book nor does it attempt to be one. It is a good introduction on how to get around in Blend so you don't have to figure it out yourself. And along the way the authour makes it enjoyable.
The progression of the book from chapter to chapter is well paced, starting easy with a bang to draw the reader in, and later becoming challenging, but not impossible to accomplish. Just as the reader passes the middle of the book, the difficulty raises ever-so slightly, but not too far where the reader is thrown off.
The very last chapters are well placed as they are essentially review over the entire contents of the book. These chapters concrete the reader's newly acquired abilities while adding a touch of more difficulty to keeps the reader moving forward because they continue to learn more even to the end.
Finally, once one has gotten through the book, I'm left with the feeling that these 15 chapters are only the tip of the iceberg, that I can either obtain further knowledge through other books, or chart out on my own. The author on several occasions lists his email address for the readers to contact him, and I've discovered that unlike other authors, he actually does respond and is interested in what the reader is accomplishing, instead of having an assistant or someone else pat the reader on the head.Read more ›
I have been avoiding Silverlight since it first was released in Beta and I couldn't get it to work or make anything in it. Frustrating. I was hoping Silverlight would go away, but it hasn't. My boss gave me the "Friends of Ed" book and I was very skeptical, for I'm a religious-nutjob fan of the O'Reilly books. Surprisingly, I found myself whizzing through the book and actually liking Blend.
I have been using Adobe products for about ten years as a designer and I have been a Flash actionscripter for over two years. I thought I would never use Blend again, but this book has gotten me excited. C# and the dot.NET framework are so powerful and snappy. Visual Studio 2008 is nothing to be shy about. I like it a lot better than using the CS4 code editor. VS2008 practically writes your code for you.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn Blend WPF/Silverlight. You will have the tools you need to get going and confident in Blend in less than a week.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the author promises at the beginning of the book, you need to know very little of C# (the brush-up chapter in the book does a good job) and nothing about... Read morePublished on December 3, 2009 by Anil Shankar
The title of the book says: "Expression Blend 2 - Building applications in WPF and Silverlight". There are 15 chapters in the book, and exactly ONLY TWO chapters are about... Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Bruno Almeida
I read a lot of technical books. and in my opinion, this is a great one. The author covers large sections of Silverlight, WPF and Expression Blend 2 development through short,... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Daniel K. Stern
I am very impressed with this book on Microsoft Expression Blend 2. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to learn the program. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Sharon Ford
This book is just enough to get you comfortable with the Expression Blend environment. It also introduces you to 3D tools which open up many possibilities. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Keith Smith
Silverlight and Blend new product releases are moving so fast that it is very difficult to find books that are up to date; however, one of the things I especially like about this... Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by David Roh
This book is a very good tutorial for beginners. Easy to follow step by step directions really make learning experience painless.Published on September 29, 2008 by Georgiy Dubinin