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Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 2010th Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1430272076
ISBN-10: 1430272074
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Chris Anderson has been a professional developer for over 10 years now, specializing in building desktop, web, and mobile business applications using Microsoft technologies for industries as wide ranging as accounting, property valuation, mining, the fresh produce industry, logistics, field services, sales, and construction. Now running his own business he has turned to Silverlight as the ideal new technology for developing and deploying business applications. Chris currently resides in Sydney, Australia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430272074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430272076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T Anderson VINE VOICE on September 7, 2010
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This book sounded great and is structured to appear great. There is just way too much chatter going on. The author takes an around about way to approaching almost all the topics.

MVVM is not rocket science, but the way the author approaches it, you'd think you are about to learn how to do brain surgery while building a rocket, and then he explains how to remove a splinter. There was way too much chatter about how controversial the MVVM pattern is in this chapter.

As of now there is no code available. If the author gets some code out, it may help. He explains a lot of situations that should have been presented with a screenshot or some sample code.

I think the chapter on WCF RIA Services will confuse the heck out of someone approaching it for the first time. It confused me, and I have put together a lot of training on it.

At first I thought I would like the index. It is very thorough. It is 39 pages out of the 552. But as I started using it, I found it point to just about everything mentioned on a topic except for what I wanted to know. It just pointed to everything!!!!

As far as learning line of business application development, you are better off going with Introducing Silverlight 4 (Expert's Voice in Silverlight).
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In Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4, Chris Anderson lays out from beginning to end the steps necessary to create Silverlight-based business applications that fulfill the requirements currently met by ASP.NET and other web development platforms.

I read the book cover to cover in tutorial fashion with Visual Studio on hand to try some of the code and procedures. The process went smoothly with no backtracking or skipping ahead in the text necessary with the exception of a couple of minor problems with code and Visual Studio walkthroughs.

Chris mentions experience with C# and Visual Studio as prerequisites for the reader in Chapter 1, but since nearly every chapter contains XAML (an XML-based markup language), the reader should also have a basic understanding of XML. I found that ASP.NET experience was a big help as well.

There are two chapters dedicated to XAML. The first is an introduction, providing enough information for subsequent chapters. The second, later chapter covers more advanced features. The depth of information found in these chapters was more than I expected and reflects the importance of XAML expertise felt by the author.

Chapters 6 and 7 describe how to implement common user interface elements such as lists, drill down, data entry and validation. I was glad to see that these basic elements were covered. These easily account for 90% of my user interface work. Chapter 11 covers Silverlight user controls and custom controls. That took care of the other 10%.

Business applications require access to data stores. Several options to accomplish this are discussed, focusing mainly on WCF RIA Services.
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Book review - "Pro Silverlight 4 in C#, by Matthew Mac Donald
ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-2979-7

Hi, I have read several Silverlight 4.0 books, this book happens to be more "business application oriented", it is more focused on building lob (line of business) applications in Silverlight. Therefore, it concerns itself more with how to retrieve database data, update, apply business logic and validation etc.
The first couple of chapters are the standard "intro to Silverlight stuff" we would see in many Silverlight books. Things like what is Silverlight, how to get started with Silverlight, types of developer tools, what is XAML etc.
The really useful stuff starts at Chapter 4 in which the author talks about the Navigation Framework, which is basically what you get when you use the out of the box "business application Silverlight template" in Visual Studio 2010. The author does a good job at describing the nuances of this navigation framework so developers could understand how to add different views into your Silverlight business application.
Chapter 5 is really useful as it explains how and why to use WCF RIA services. In Silverlight, without some type of service layer (SOA), data cannot usually be retrieved from databases. In other words, Silverlight out relies on service calls, rather than SQL calls to get data from a database server. WCF RIA services is a neat "code generator" which can build much of the service plumbing (for both client and server side) from an existing database model (typically by using entity framework/linq or POCO objects). A more advanced topic that is also covered is how to create a WCF RIA services class library (dll) which allow greater reuse of RIA services among several Silverlight projects.
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I was able to pull some good information from this book (mostly around WCF), but it does a terrible job at describing MVVM and how to implement MVVM. All the samples are in C# also (no VB, had to manually convert all the code samples available online into VB -- this should have been done for me and published to their web site, not everyone likes C# and it's horrible syntax).
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