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Silverlight Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 1st Edition

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Rob Cameron is an industry architect with the Developer Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft, working on mobility and entertainment solutions. Rob has more than 13 years of solutions architecture and software engineering experience, with the last few years focused on the Internet, mobility, and entertainment space. You can read more about Rob s current work at http://blogs.msdn.com/robcamer.

Jit Ghosh is an industry architect with the Developer Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft, working on digital media solutions. Jit has over 16 years of solutions architecture and software engineering experience with the last few years focused on the broadcast, digital content publishing and advertising space. You can read more about Jit's current work at http://blogs.msdn.com/jitghosh.
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  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430224355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224358
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,591,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By chrisy on December 7, 2009
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This book, with updated Silverlight 3 coverage, came as timely help for my work on digital media applications. I like the recipes approach, especially for this rapidly evolving framework, providing practical solutions to problems encountered during applications development. You can communicate directly with the authors through their blogs as well. Good reference with plenty of useful code samples!
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If you're a busy developer who has experience in .NET and want to add to your book collection one great Silverlight resource this book should be the one. The format of this book is "how do you do something?" followed by a concise, pragmatic walk-through to demonstrate "exactly how to do it." So many books and online resources water down their content by trying to explain things in a grand vision; this resource takes a totally different approach. Most of the chapters focus on exactly one problem that would take a day of research and web searching to do, yet actually 10-15 minutes of code or Blend usage to actually do.

Each chapter of this book covers a high-level topic but is broken into individual (re: not one huge, monolithic application you lose track of halfway through) recipes. The topics range from solving problems experienced by the brand new Silverlight developer, like "How to create a new Silverlight project" or "How to run Silverlight on a Mac or Linux computer" to those more complex like "Accessing JSON data (or communicating with Sockets or SOAP) via Silverlight."

An entire chapter is dedicated to line-of-business application development with Silverlight. As browser-based enterprise applications require more GUI richness Silverlight will increase in demand, and I've found so many books decline to focus or pay a lot of attention to the "boring old" LOB application development cycles. Not this text, it demystifies RIA and REST, XAML databinding, and a host of other problems in LOB applications and does so in a concise, no-nonsense manner.

The final chapters cover in this no-nonsense style the features Silverlight offers for multimedia needs by covering how to play and stream media via Silverlight.
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Book review - "Silverlight Recipes - A problem-solution approach, by Jit Ghosh and Rob Cameron. ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-2435-8

Hi, I was excited to get this book for review from the programmers user group I belong to, because it deals with Silverlight. I had previously read some very basic Silverlight books, while they were useful, they were also a little too basic in many respects.
While this book is still based on Silverlight 3.0, (Silverlight 4.0 just came out, but there are hardly any books in print yet on the subject) it still proved a very worthwhile read for me.
It has about 990 pages of invaluable Silverlight programming information!
One of the neat features about this book is; it's not your standard textbook like material, each chapter in the book focuses on a specific area of Silverlight programming and uses what they call "recipes". Recipes, in this books context are basically full-blown working code examples that show how to solve particular programming problems with Silverlight.
Each recipe has 4 sections.
1. Problem - A short description of what problem the recipe is trying to solve programmatically.
2. Solution - A short explanation of what the solution for the recipe will be.
3. How it Works - A more detailed explanation showing the details of the programming solution
4. The Code - Real-life working Silverlight projects that solve the recipe's intent.
So, each recipe has a consistent format and you can look at the table of contents to find each type of recipe you want to experiment with!, then simply go to the source code and load it up in your Visual Studio environment.
Here is a list of the chapters, so you can get an idea of what types of recipes are within the chapters.
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I enjoyed reading this book from various aspects--it contains clear and concise information that helps me to jump start on each topic, the book offers plenty of code samples that I can use in my project, and some parts of this book has interesting topics that it has been a question mark in my mind occasionally but only this book has offered some answers to it--e.g. how to create out of browser Silverlight applications. It appears both authors have put in a lot of efforts and development hours to write this book so it is a good investment of time to read and learn from it.

What I don't like about this book is not something about the book content itself, it is the Table of Content section at the front of the book. For each topic, there are four sections: problem, solution, how it works, and the code. So the Table of Content repeats each topic with these four sections. This layout not only extends the Table of Content to about 20 pages, but also make finding topics a page-turning, somewhat a difficult process. Whenever a Table of Content section is more than 10 pages, its usefulness weaken. Perhaps a book layout & usability experts can offer better insight on this.
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