Book Review: Silverlight 4 In Action. Buy it.
Silverlight 4 In Action is Available!!!
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this book for a while. It doesn’t disappoint. Do these things:
It’s that good.
What’s in the book?
- Introducing Silverlight
- Core XAML
- The application model and the plug-in
- Integrating with the browser
- Integrating with the desktop
- Rendering, layout, and transforming
- Human input
- Controls and UserControls
- Data controls: DataGrid and DataForm
- Input validation
- Networking and communications
- Navigation and dialogs
- Structuring and testing with the MVVM/ViewModel pattern
- WCF RIA Services
- Graphics and effects
- Displaying and capturing media (including webcam/mic)
- Working with bitmap images
- Animation and behaviors
- Resoures, styles, and control templates
- Creating panels and controls
- The install experience and preloaders
What’s good about it?
- It’s really clear. Rare is the technical book that reads this well.
- It’s really complete. Rare is the technical book that covers this much material in style.
- It has tidbits. If you know of Pete Brown, you know he knows Silverlight inside and out. This books surfaces that knowledge in a really interesting and compelling way.
What’s bad about it?
- It’s not really a cookbook. If that’s what you need, look elsewhere.
- Buying this book kills trees. (I’m trying here…)
Who should buy it?
*Anyone* who is interested in Silverlight. You want it on your bookshelf.