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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2011
Couldn't agree with the other review more. What it is about WPF/MVVM/PRISM that makes the books so awful?

This one is a reference manual that defines each term but puts them into absolutely no context. The are code snippets of 5 to 10 lines but they are completely out of context with no indication of where / how you would incorporate them into an app.

There's nothing in this that you won't get on the web in 2 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2011
For a start, you can get the information contained in this book on the Web anyway, so only buy the book if you want a hardcopy (that's why I purchased it). If you don't want a hardcopy there is a PDF that is available to download that does the same job (it actually has more in it).

The book covers the basic ideas behind PRISM- that is writing composite apps in WPF/Silverlight using the MVVM pattern.

It would be useful to those that are new to PRISM, MEF, Unity or MVVM.

This is actually one of the best books I've read for MVVM content- it even beats all of the currently available MVVM books out there (as of July 2011). Even if you don't intend to use PRISM it is still useful in providing some guidance on how to architect an enterprise WPF application- guidance that is seldom available.

If in doubt about this book read some of the reviews on Amazon.com- in my opinion they give a much better view than some of the other reviews on the UK site.

In summary the book is well written and provides useful architectural guidance- buy it if you want a hardcopy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2011
I really hated this book as it doesn't contain any examples or walkthroughs. Its just a basic reference manual of MVVM!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2011
This book took me by suprise, I haven't read a book like it before - I read it cover to cover. It wasn't a large book, and after reading the first few chapters I noticed it was repetitive. This was actually an advantage and I certainly didn't get bored. There were a lot of new terms and every concept was fully explained even if had been said before for a different concept. This actually helped me to come to understand the principles and terms quickly and reinforced my understanding. I enjoyed reading every word and I did need to read every word. It was very consistent and well thought-out. Although I usually prefer plenty of code examples, the brief syntax that accompanied the comprehensive explanations was all that I needed. I'm going refer to the book when I'm at my computer learning, download and read the sample code, and then reread it from cover to cover again. I can't say that about most other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2012
This book is only worth buying if you want a hard copy of what is already freely available e.g. in the form of the Prism CHM help file which is part of the download. Large chunks (life too short to do a full check) are identical between the book and the Help file. I bought the Kindle version and so feel doubly-duped as I don't even have the advantage of the paper copy.
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on 21 August 2011
If you are looking for a first principles introduction to PRISM, MEF, Unity or MVVM and using them to write applications in WPF and Silverlight then this book is for you.

The overviews of each of the key topic areas are well written and easy to follow, as is the coverage of the design patterns that need to be understood.

I couldn't disagree more with some of the other reviewers, this is a very useful book and if you are moving into PRISM/MVVM reading it will help you significantly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2011
I was hoping for more from this book, however it presented very little that I had not already read on blogs (including those of the authors).

I had hoped for some more real world experience advice on large scale applications and performance - this is not really given.

The book does cover all the basics well but uses the samples that come with PRISM so introduces little to anyone with prior working knowledge of PRISM and MVVM.

If you are looking for a concise introduction to these concepts then the book will help you out, however if you are experienced with PRISM, MVVM, IoC etc then stick to the latest information online as this book not give much to you.
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