- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (March 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430240083
- ISBN-13: 978-1430240082
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,995,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tim Leung is a professional software developer based in England. For the past 12 years, he has specialized in enterprise application development using products from the Microsoft technology stack. In particular, he possesses deep knowledge of the Microsoft .NET Framework and SQL Server. He is an active member of the U.K. developer community and often delivers presentations on technical topics. He is also a chartered member of the British Computer Society. He is passionate about the concept of rapid application development and was awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award in 2011 for contributions to the LightSwitch community.
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If you are a beginner first buy Beginning Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Development by István Novák.
Once you have finished that book and you are willing to acquire a deeper understanding of Lightswitch buy this book.
It is very thorough and will take you from the intermediate to the pro level very quickly.
*) As the other reviewer mentioned, the authors introduce the sample application right at the beginning, but then never develop it. We don't see it build up from a simple start to a fully grown application, just a few snippets here and there that might as well have been randomly chosen. There wasn't any coherence to this at all, making the sample a waste of time.
*) Most of what's in this book is covered in the MSDN "Getting Started" videos, which they recommend you watch before reading the book. This is a waste of space, and could have been used for something more useful.
*) The stuff that's in the book on a more advanced level is really badly described. For example, one of the points of confusion for a lot of people is how the threading works, and when/why you need to use dispatchers. The authors mention the subject, don't go into any depth, and then go off onto something else. This is exactly the sort of information that is very important for someone looking to go from a beginner to intermediate level, and just wasn't covered properly. There are more examples like that throughout the book.
*) The chapter on creating your own extensions was a waste of time. Even the brief explanations on MSDN were better than this. At least they had sample code. This book shows you the code that the toolkit generates (why? we can see that for ourselves) and don't tell you what to do with it. They should have used the space for showing you how to create a sample of each extension, instead of wasting time and paper with something of no value at all.
All in all I wasn't impressed with this book. At almost $40, I would have expected something better. Don't waste your money.
Sometimes books tend to provide samples that are so comprehensive that they end up stating the obvious with pages of code and screenshots that you end up skipping. This one has the ability to drill straight to the important bits...answering many of the questions that I had in my mind about the capabilities of the lightswitch.