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Silverlight 3 Programmer's Reference 1st Edition

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Silverlight 3 is dramatically improved over previous versions and makes the development of rich interactive applications (RIAs) more achievable for everyone. Packed with examples and written by a team of seasoned developers and designers, this full-color tutorial demonstrates exactly what Silverlight 3 offers for building RIAs that combine animation, graphics, audio, and video.

With a focus on the capabilities provided by the Silverlight 3platform (Build 40522), this book introduces you to the languages, tools, and techniques needed to build applications on the platform. You'll begin with an overview of Silverlight and move on to topic-by-topic coverage of this new platform's capabilities, including new APIs, objects, services, and concepts. Each chapter provides a mini-tutorial on each topic, and the examples serve to both educate and inspire you. The information in this book is structured to help prepare you for the real-world challenges you may face when building applications on the Silverlight platform.

With this resource, you'll gain a thorough understanding of how Silverlight applications are architected, developed, and designed.

What you will learn from this book

  • Ways to create holistic Silverlight applications (not just multimedia glitz)
  • How to solve real-world problems you may face when building your Silverlight applications

  • Ways to use controls, work with text, lay out views, style applications, use graphics, work with audio, and more

  • The basics of using designer and developer tools with Silverlight (including Expression Blend and Visual Studio®)

  • How to use XAML in Silverlight for event handling

  • Transforming text with render transforms

Who this book is for

This book is for .NET developers who want to learn how to create practical Silverlight 3 applications.

Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470385405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470385401
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. S. Marcus on January 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a technical trainer, I am able to obtain WROX titles for review at no charge, and I'm very happy that this one didn't cost me anything (other than my time).

As others have pointed out, for a reference, this book does not have any depth to it. It's very supperficial. There are a few reviewers praising this book as a great place to start with Silverlight, and perhaps it is, but to call this book "Programmer's Reference" is a complete misnomer.

First, the use of color in the book is a welcome new aspect. However, the publisher doesn't leverage this to be anything but pretty to look at. There were a few code examples where the code being taught was bolded to make it stand out, and that is what should be done whenever you are showing large amounts of code, but focusing on just a few particular lines within that.

The book just superficially rambles from topic to topic and I find myself thinking "I can't wait until they start tying this all together.". Unfortunately, that time never comes.

Probably the most annoying trait of the WROX series of books (which I am certainly not the first to comment on) is the use of multiple authors for one title. This allows Wiley (the publisher of WROX) to push more titles out the door quicker, but usually it is at the expense of continuity, flow, and increased redundancy. A general word to the wise for WROX purchasers: the books with less authors on the cover, tend to be written more comprensively, with less redundancy, and with a better continuity.

Second to multiple authors is a book on a new version of an existing product or technology. Instead of writing a new book for a new release, WROX recycles material from the predesessor book.
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There are several different "Kinds" of technical books, and a Programmer's Reference is a different animal from the rest of them. Instead of having progressive chapters on "how to build" XYZ with code examples, a Programmer's Reference tries to cover all the major areas of a platform or language, describing the different parts in a short, useful manner, and providing perhaps a small example in code. The idea is that this is a book that you can keep at your desk to be able to quickly look up something.

The book is broken down into three major sections, "Getting Started", "Using Silverlight 3 Essentials", and "Building Applications".

The first section of the book provides a decent general overview of Silverlight as a platform, basics of XAML, an architectural tour, and your developer Toolbox. Excellent for those who are new to Silverlight, and optional but good coverage for the more experienced.

The second section takes a deeper dive into Controls, Text, Layout, styling and use of Resources, Graphics, media and Services. Services are further broken down into communications, storage, and installation-updates.

The last section covers the Browser and the Server, security and cryptography, dealing with data, designing and styling the UX, creating custom controls, and more.

Finally, the book includes five Appendices with Base Class Library and System.Windows references, Media and Shapes references, and additional resources.

Silverlight 3 Programmer's Reference is in full color; this makes the code samples and the graphical / photo illustrations really come alive. Updates and dowloadable source code are available at the Wrox (now Wiley) web site.
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I read the Wrox Professional Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET Developers book about six months ago as my first in-depth introduction to the world of Silverlight, so was looking for a book that could get me up to speed quickly on the new features of Siverlight 3. Having read plenty of Wrox books in the past I looked for their latest and happily found Wrox Silverlight 3 Programmers Reference which looked like it could help me catch up with the latest release.

When the book arrived two things struck me immediately, one it was a bigger book that I was expecting (see more about this later) and two it was in FULL colour. Now you may be saying "full colour, so what?" but believe me, having all the code samples look exactly like they do in Visual Studio, and full colour screenshots of Blend make a massive difference. Every developer I have shown the book to has immediately been impressed by the change and I can only hope this is the future for all technical books.

The book is written by five authors, which to be honest is something I try and avoid if possible when choosing a book as there always seems to be some consistency issues. However, I can appreciate the world of Silverlight requires a lot of skills and finding one person who has all these would be a tough call. I was impressed, however, to see the authors are all developers at Infragistics and it's great to see such a high profile company committed to helping the developer community. I did notice a reasonable amount of what seems unnecessary repetition in different sections (for example two almost identical sections of Isolated Storage) but it's always good to have concepts reinforced in a book this big.
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