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Silverlight 4: Problem - Design - Solution Paperback – Apr 26 2010

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not bad, but it is also not a must have May 4 2010
By T. Anderson - Published on
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I must say that it is rare to find such an emotional author when reading a programming book, but that is what you get with this book. This guy is excited about programming.

He tells a lot of personal stories and does not hold back his personal opinion.

At first all the emotional jargon bothered me and I found myself just saying "get to the point!!!", but after a while his style of writing grew on me so I was able to keep reading. I do however think this book could have been 200 pages shorter without all the mumbo jumbo.

This is not a Nutshell book, and it is not a reference book. You will need to read it to get the most value out of it.

The thing I like most about the book is all the non-Silverlight information. The author covers implementing a custom membershipprovider, integrating with MySpace, using Adsense, using Paypal, and deploying to discount

The book is not bad, but it is also not a must have.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Could have been good but it's not July 12 2010
By Harold M. - Published on
Format: Paperback
At first I liked this book very much because of the way the program design is set out and the various options the author covers, with clear reasons for choosing one design choice over another for his application.

However, once I started trying to follow along with his exercises, it became immediately apparent that this book is not intended to teach how to actually work in Silverlight at the coding level. The author simply presents his finished pages with some high-level explanations of his design decisions. He never shows how to put a single control on a page, what references or namespaces are needed, or any explanations of Silverlight syntax. Trying to use it as a tutorial just sucks.

If you already know how to work in the Silverlight IDE and want to see a finished product, this might be a worthwhile book. If you need to learn Silverlight, however, look elsewhere: this book isn't going to be of any use.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Long winded July 24 2010
By Mr Eskie - Published on
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I would not recommend this book to anyone wanting to come up to speed quickly with Silverlight 4 technologies. The author rambles on and on and on.... I am having an extremely hard time finishing this book...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A useful Silverlight book with personality Aug. 22 2010
By Andy Zhang - Published on
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Using FitnessTrackerPlus Silverlight application as an example, this book helps reader to build different part of this application and introduce different areas of Silverlight development--membership, Silverlight control toolkit, styling, controls, navigation framework, .NET RIA services, and others. The goal of this book is to offer a hands-on, scalable, and reusable Silverlight project that utilizes some latest technologies and toolkit. Instead of just focusing on the technical aspect of the project, author shares his insights, perspectives, and views while explaining technical topics. What I like this book the most is that the FitnessTrackerPlus project has covered many aspects as a real business application--meaning from design the database structure to revenue generation (and how to link with PayPal).

If you are new to Silverlight development, I really recommend you to pick up another book that covers the basics of Silverlight 4 development in addition to this one.
Great way to cover a subject Nov. 15 2012
By Danny Acuna - Published on
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The people that have criticized this book as long winded ultimately fail to point out that this is a great book that succeeds at taking you from Problem to Solution while utilizing all the new features of this new technology. It is a great book to read while you code the examples (which all work, by the way) and practically tell you how each new feature works. This might not be a reference book in the long run (as perhaps Pro Silverlight type books are) but this is not the goal of this book. The goal is to walk you through a scenario showcasing the different features available for the developer to create LOB applications using Silverlight.