- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470524650
- ISBN-13: 978-0470524657
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Microsoft Silverlight 4 For Dummies 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Make your rich Internet applications shine on multiple browsers and platforms
Silverlight makes stunning Web effects — animation, streaming media, audiovisual playback — easier than you could have imagined. Whether you're new to Web design or just to Silverlight, this book is packed with all the info you need to start creating applications using Visual Studio and Expression Blend.
Getting started — find out what you need to get started with Silverlight and download the necessary tools
Gain control — style and manipulate Silverlight controls such as text boxes and buttons, and create your own
Make it move — enrich your user interface with animations that upload fast and don't devour bandwidth
Stick things together — understand data binding and how it supports your applications and streamlines programming
Much ADO about data — work with ADO.NET Data Services and WCF RIA Services to create versatile business applications
Open the book and find:
How Silverlight delivers a rich user experience
Clear examples of XAML
Tips on drawing shapes and doing animation
Advice on the best tools to use with Silverlight
Effective ways to work with controls
How to customize controls and create your own
Develop seamless cross-platform, cross-browser Web applications
Design visually rich user interfaces with ease
Use Expression Blend and Visual Studio® with Silverlight
Deliver application data efficiently with WCF RIA Services and ADO.NET
Ten ways to get more from Silverlight
How to connect to your data on demand
Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/silverlight4fd to find all the code used in this book and save yourself time and effort
About the Author
Mahesh Krishnan develops Web applications using Microsoft technologies and speaks regularly at conferences. He is very active within the .NET and Silverlight communities.
Philip Beadle is a Senior Developer at DotNetNuke and speaks at numerous conferences. He is a coauthor of DotNetNuke For Dummies and has contributed to other books. Both are senior consultants at Readify.
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First half is about using Expression Blend, something I hadn't intended to use but now am reconsidering it. Second half was what I wanted most ... Data binding, WCF and RIA Services in Silverlight.
The author uses good examples that help you quickly walk through the process. There were a couple of errors in the text. On page 216 it reads ...
wc.OpenReadCompleted += OpenReadCompleted;
This may work (maybe not) but the better naming convention is used on the next page ...
wc.OpenReadCompleted += wc_OpenReadCompleted;
There were a few other places where what I saw in Visual Studio didn't match his narration nor the screen shots. Maybe that's on Microsoft with changes in the version of Visual Studio and either way, it didn't break anything. I just like it when it matches so I know I did it correctly.
I don't like the author's naming conventions. He suggested putting spaces in the database name, [Silverlight For Dummies]. In tables, he calls the primary key of every table ID and he named the Visual Studio project SilverlightForDummiesWCFDataServices. Try typing that one 3 times fast!
I had trouble with the WCF Data Services and the RIA Services sections. Could be the book was written on specs that changed before the production release, but I couldn't follow the code in these sections too well. Still, it was a good starting point. I now feel ready to launch into a more in-depth book.