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Fun with Silverlight 4: Illustrated Guide to Creating Rich Internet Applications with Examples in C#, ASP.NET, XAML, Media, Webcam, AJAX, REST and Web Services Paperback – November 11, 2011

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Simple, concise, instructive and informative - Tim Heuer, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

About the Author

Rajesh Lal is passionate about Silverlight and Web technologies. He specializes in web and mobile technologies and has received numerous awards for his articles on Windows and Gadgets. He is also a frequent contributor to Windows Magazine, Code Project website, and MSDN magazine. With over a decade of experience in the IT industry, Rajesh enjoys taking an objective and pragmatic approach to developing applications and make extra effort to simplify complex topics. He has a master’s degree in computer science and holds both MCSD and MCAD titles. He currently resides in Mountain View, California. Follow at Twitter: @rajeshlalnokia Personal website: http://irajesh.com Questions? Email connectrajesh@hotmail.com For book downloads, updates and other resources visit http://silverlightfun.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 602 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463506023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463506025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,554,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me set the record straight. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Silverlight 4.

This book covers three sections of Silverlight 4:

Develop Silverlight Application
Interact with Web
Advance with Media

Each of these sections uses a problem/solution approach that covers not only the basics of Silverlight but all the topics you need to get you started. The book does not assume that you know anything about Silverlight. The author has included a entire chapter (11) showing you the basics.

The author has provided well-written problems and solutions that you would face in the real-world. The flow is excellent covering various situations taking you step by step along with complete source code. One of the great features of this book is that it has a quick index of all the problems that are solved, you can take a look at the index and get straight to the problem you are trying to solve. Excellent work!

Overall I strongly recommend this book to everyone as it is nice to read the book and also could be used as a reference.
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The book dives right into the subject matter, so you can quickly get started having fun developing in the Silverlight environment. It starts off with a nice concise section on control layout management, some basic controls, and input and event handling. If you initially still need more of an overview of Silverlight in general, the author has graciously provided a Silverlight beginners guide in the appendix of the book. He does a super job here of identifying the various Silverlight components and how they interact to create the actual Silverlight application. The book lacks a traditional index in the back of the book. However, the table of contents is well structured and detailed so it is very easy to locate the topic or feature that you are looking for.

The book is laid out in the familiar cookbook style format. So it takes no time at all to swiftly lookup a problem or issue and see both a brief description of the solution and the actual code for the solution. The author does an awesome job of providing class diagrams throughout the book to show the inheritance hierarchy of the classes that you will use. A lot of books fail to provide this information, and this helps the developper get a better grasp of the overall Silverlight class library.

I have been developing in Silverlight for almost 3 years, and I learned some interesting information from the book in several areas. So, this book is suitable for both beginners and experienced Silverlight developers. The author covers some interesting topics like extending the browser (SilverlightHost, local storage, HTML Bridge, etc), integration with ASP.NET and AJAX, and interacting with web services.

Definitely a book worth getting!
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This book should have been named 'Cookbook' something. It has straight forward code recipes, and author gets to the point pretty quick. The book takes up an problem, and describes the solution with the code provided. In most of the Sliverlight books you might be lost searching for a particular topic or a problem, for example making a media player, or file upload, or making a progress bar etc. This book has index of all the problems that are solved, you can take a look at the index and get straight to the problem you are trying to solve. The code is well written, the language is easy to follow and explanation is compact but adequate. Even if you already have another Silverlight book, this book is a great addition to your library, as there is no other 'Cookbook' book full of great code recipes like it on Silverlight topic in the market.
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The author has a unique voice where he cuts out the fluff and gets to the point. This allows him to cover a lot of topics so this book is about as thorough as a Silverlight book can get. I can not think of a subject that is not covered. This is a self-published work (it's a big 587 page work) but it is still well edited.
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The title of this book relays everything that you need to know about the projects contained - how to create projects that are both fun and productive. Rajesh covers a number of exciting projects in this book. The projects revolve around a central theme - how to create applications for the Web and the desktop using Sliverlight 4 that allows you to provide:

* Multimedia using video and audio
* 3D objects and graphics
* Extend the control framework in Silverlight
* Interactive media applications
* Create animation for media and games

The book treats each of these topics in a recipe type format that approaches each potential use case in a problem/solution approach by defining what each potential problem case is, and then providing clear and concise guidance on how to solve that problem.

In each case, the reader is led step by step through the process of designing and developing the project. Rajesh's eloquent solutions provide a rich method that can be expanded on by the reader to solve their own requirements.

At the end of the day, this book is s starting point for anyone who wants to use Silverlight in all applicable cases, be it a desktop solution, a Windows Phone 7 application, or a Web application. Anyone interested in Silverlight will find this book to be a worthy addition to their reference library.

[Disclosure - the comments in this review are those of Rick Kingslan who acted as a technical Editor and reviewer for the content of the book. All ideas and solutions are those of Rajesh Lal. Rick received no payment for his work on this book.]
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