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Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Using Microsoft Silverlight 2 Paperback – Mar 9 2009
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From the Back Cover
SharePoint is a collaborative platform that is gaining popularity for being used to build externally facing web sites and solutions. Silverlight 2 is a cross-browser and cross-platform plug-in that enables you to build rich, interactive user experiences for web-based applications. With this book, you'll discover how you can dramatically improve the user experience of SharePoint through the integration of the new Silverlight 2.
The authors begin by explaining what Silverlight 2 is, and discuss why you would want to integrate it with SharePoint. You'll examine an end-to-end solution that integrates Silverlight 2 and SharePoint and then deconstruct how the solution was built, step by step. You'll also look at specific ways of integrating Silverlight applications with different SharePoint objects such as lists, web parts, and more. Plus, source code is provided so that you can replicate and test the code in your own environment. By the end of this book, you'll be on your way to leveraging the many aspects by which Silverlight 2 can enhance the SharePoint user experience.
What you will learn from this book
Different ways to integrate with SharePoint
How to create and deploy the SharePoint Web Parts host container
Tips for adding the Silverlight video player application to the SharePoint site
Ways to develop your first custom field type
Suggestions for branding your SharePoint site
Techniques for customizing Web Parts and creating editor parts
How to deal with hidden fields, cookies, XML data ISLAND, and more
Who this book is for
This book is for developers who are interested in learning how they can implement Silverlight applications within their SharePoint installation.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
My only criticisms: the cover price was too high. I understand that the authors have no control over that, but wrox needs to be realistic when pricing their books. While the content of the book was good, I wouldn't say that there was enough material to warrant a $50 cover. Amazon has it for $31, but i bought mine at the local Barnes and Nobles. Obviously, the convenience offset the cost difference, but I felt the book should have come in at a $40 cover.
Also, there is a lot of huge screenshots and unnecessary code listings in the book. If you were to shrink the shots down and pull out the VB code (leaving C#), this book would probably run about 200 pages. Here again, including the VB code alongside the C# code may be a Wrox thing, so I didn't let that affect my rating of the work. When I published through Apress, I was fortunate to have the option of not including both languages.
Overall...a great book and definitely a worthwhile addition to your tech library.
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