- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (October 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935182374
- ISBN-13: 978-1935182375
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silverlight 4 in Action 1st Edition
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From the Author
When I set out to write this edition, I wanted to create the definitive book on Silverlight for developers. While I spent many sleepless nights to put this together (the more amusing bits are the 4am paragraphs when the geek humor really comes out), it was a labor of love about a product I enjoy using for a community I respect.
I wrote this for both the accomplished developer who is new to Silverlight, and the Silverlight developer who wants to better understand the inner workings of this platform. If you're new to Silverlight, you'll find this book a good choice for getting up to speed. Like great video games where you can go back and replay with a different character for an enhanced experience, you'll find this book to be full of "Ah-hah" moments once you've written a few Silverlight projects.
The full set of source code is downloadable from Manning's site.
Achievement Unlocked: Awesome Silverlight Developer.
About the Author
Prior to joining Microsoft, Pete was a Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect with 17 years experience building applications in everything from Assembly and C++ to VB and dBase to C# and .NET.
Pete lives with his wife and two children, a bunch of fish, and swarms of mosquitos, in the woods outside of Annapolis, MD.
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Mr. Brown covers Silverlight 4 in great depth. You learn about 2D/3D rendering, WCF RIA services, MVVM, working with devices like webcams, printing, the list really goes on and on.
Pete has really hit the sweet-spot between readability and technical detail. This book is never boring. Pete's writing is funny, fresh and has a good rhythm. I really like how Pete can explain things so clearly. Pete doesn't dumb this book down for those of us who still need to learn about classes, variables and such - this book is for the experienced developer that wants to learn Silverlight 4. The very first project, a hello world application, hits Twitter via WebClient object and uses somewhat advanced features like binding a ListBox to a complex object, and even uses a lambda expression; certainly the coolest 'hello world' app I've run across thus far!
But there's more -
Not only is this a great book in all respects, you also get access to free downloads for .pdf, .mobi and .epub formats! I was excited when I heard this book came with the .pdf version, but I had no idea it came with such a feature-full .mobi version! Awesome! I own a Kindle so I am using the .mobi format and it's absolutely perfect. The .mobi format includes an active table of contents, chapter markers, text-to-speech - pretty much all the bells and whistles. Also, the formatting is perfect. I carry my Kindle everywhere, so I like to keep the hard copy at my work and dig through the .mobi version on my Kindle when I'm away. I really wish more books would do this.
I rarely give such high praise to books, but this book deserves all of it. This sets the bar. Pete Brown is an excellent author, and the bonus .mobi download is just plain awesome. Thank you Mr. Brown and Manning Publications, I very much look forward to reading more of your work!
As I said previously, the style is lighter than one typically finds in a technical book of this depth and length. This is a good thing. Brown has discovered the little applied truth that technical books don't have to read like an IBM manual, circa 1975. The tone is conversational when it's appropropriate but doesn't sacrifice content quality or substance in favor of that style.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good end-to-end guide to Silverlight version 4. It's broad, but has good depth. I can't recommend it enough.
This book was challenging at times; I tend to type doing the code samples, and at times I wasn't sure what class I was supposed to be putting the code snippet in, but truth be told, that only helped me look closer at the code.
This book doesn't spoon feed you, it jumps right in and covers many scenarios, including a great into to MVVM.
Wish list for Silverlight 5
MVVM Light and Prism; at the end of both chapters, showing how to Change the View to WP7, WPF or JQuery (if possible)
Using Blend in combination with Visual Studio to complete a example app (as if there were a designer and a dev working on the same project)
A chapter on how to approach a new data driven project...Model first or code first and why, UX or Services first, etc, etc
As much MVVM as you can! :-)
Great Book Pete, Thanks.
My only real complaint about the book is that it's very heavy. It weighs almost as much as my laptop and it's about 4 inches thick. Luckily for my shoulder, the good folks at Manning give you a PDF version of this book when you purchase the hard copy. Problem solved.