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Clean, Clear and Concise.,
This review is from: Essential Silverlight 3 (Microsoft .Net Development) (Paperback)
You can tell from the first pages that this was written by someone "in the know". Throughout the book they have scattered a large number of grey-boxed tips that taken alone justify buying this book. The chapters on data-binding and templated controls are the first descriptions to finally remove my fear of those mysterious features that had eluded me for so long before.
My only complaint is a very small number of quirks:
The first is the use of the old style FindName() method (e.g. on page 119 FindName("myRectangle") when the example clearly shows that the XAML element in question is named in the connected XML file and therefore can simply be referenced by name as a strongly typed object myRectangle instead. The second is the confusing reversal of priority order on page 149 - the comment about the list of features should read "fastest to slowest" not the other way around. Lastly it mentions the new mousewheel support but provides no examples at all.
If not for these minor points I would have thought it near perfect read. I read it cover-to-cover in 2 days and I will be keeping it handy as a reference guide to Silverlight 3.