Fun with Silverlight 4: Illustrated Guide to Creating Rich Internet Applications with Examples in C#, ASP.NET, XAML, Media, Webcam, AJAX, REST and Web Services Paperback – 11 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Rajesh Lal is passionate about Silverlight and Web technologies. He specializes in web and mobile technologies and has received numerous awards for his articles on Windows and Gadgets. He is also a frequent contributor to Windows Magazine, Code Project website, and MSDN magazine. With over a decade of experience in the IT industry, Rajesh enjoys taking an objective and pragmatic approach to developing applications and make extra effort to simplify complex topics. He has a master’s degree in computer science and holds both MCSD and MCAD titles. He currently resides in Mountain View, California. Follow at Twitter: @rajeshlalnokia Personal website: http://irajesh.com Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org For book downloads, updates and other resources visit http://silverlightfun.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book covers three sections of Silverlight 4:
Develop Silverlight Application
Interact with Web
Advance with Media
Each of these sections uses a problem/solution approach that covers not only the basics of Silverlight but all the topics you need to get you started. The book does not assume that you know anything about Silverlight. The author has included a entire chapter (11) showing you the basics.
The author has provided well-written problems and solutions that you would face in the real-world. The flow is excellent covering various situations taking you step by step along with complete source code. One of the great features of this book is that it has a quick index of all the problems that are solved, you can take a look at the index and get straight to the problem you are trying to solve. Excellent work!
Overall I strongly recommend this book to everyone as it is nice to read the book and also could be used as a reference.
The book is laid out in the familiar cookbook style format. So it takes no time at all to swiftly lookup a problem or issue and see both a brief description of the solution and the actual code for the solution. The author does an awesome job of providing class diagrams throughout the book to show the inheritance hierarchy of the classes that you will use. A lot of books fail to provide this information, and this helps the developper get a better grasp of the overall Silverlight class library.
I have been developing in Silverlight for almost 3 years, and I learned some interesting information from the book in several areas. So, this book is suitable for both beginners and experienced Silverlight developers. The author covers some interesting topics like extending the browser (SilverlightHost, local storage, HTML Bridge, etc), integration with ASP.NET and AJAX, and interacting with web services.
Definitely a book worth getting!
* Multimedia using video and audio
* 3D objects and graphics
* Extend the control framework in Silverlight
* Interactive media applications
* Create animation for media and games
The book treats each of these topics in a recipe type format that approaches each potential use case in a problem/solution approach by defining what each potential problem case is, and then providing clear and concise guidance on how to solve that problem.
In each case, the reader is led step by step through the process of designing and developing the project. Rajesh's eloquent solutions provide a rich method that can be expanded on by the reader to solve their own requirements.
At the end of the day, this book is s starting point for anyone who wants to use Silverlight in all applicable cases, be it a desktop solution, a Windows Phone 7 application, or a Web application. Anyone interested in Silverlight will find this book to be a worthy addition to their reference library.
[Disclosure - the comments in this review are those of Rick Kingslan who acted as a technical Editor and reviewer for the content of the book. All ideas and solutions are those of Rajesh Lal. Rick received no payment for his work on this book.]