Silverlight 4 In Action by Pete Brown

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?

Chapters on:

  1. Introducing Silverlight
  2. Core XAML
  3. The application model and the plug-in
  4. Integrating with the browser
  5. Integrating with the desktop
  6. Rendering, layout, and transforming
  7. Panels
  8. Human input
  9. Text
  10. Controls and UserControls
  11. Binding
  12. Data controls: DataGrid and DataForm
  13. Input validation
  14. Networking and communications
  15. Navigation and dialogs
  16. Structuring and testing with the MVVM/ViewModel pattern
  17. WCF RIA Services
  18. Graphics and effects
  19. Printing
  20. Displaying and capturing media (including webcam/mic)
  21. Working with bitmap images
  22. Animation and behaviors
  23. Resoures, styles, and control templates
  24. Creating panels and controls
  25. 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.