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Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step, First Edition
Author(s): Laurence Moroney
Published: 2010, ISBN: 978-0-7356-3887-7, pages: 336
Publisher (more . . .)Microsoft Press available via O'Reilly




 Four out of Five Stars
  Reviewed: November, 2011
  Reviewer: Crystal
       “Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step, First Edition" by Laurence Moroney showed up on my doorstep one day. At first, I tossed it aside because I did not realize its value. I read the first few pages ... then put it down because books that begin with how to install stuff bore me. As they say, “that was then, this is now!”

     Now many pages are worn. I am learning about developing applications for the Windows Phone 7. Once I grasped the basics of learning that, I began reading sections of Laurence's book, which have been very helpful ... especially learning keywords for searching MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network).

     One can be a beginner and read this book. The features covered build the foundation for the basic understanding of using Silverlight 4. Right now, my only application is for the Windows Phone 7; however, when I next revamp one of my websites, I may put some time to incorporating some Silverlight by applying knowledge gained from this book.

     When I read this book; however, I find myself hungering for something more than XAML. A big interest of mine is animation. Laurence's book gave me the foundation I needed for these concepts ... but I end up doing anything complex with C# so I can generate points in code. I am using C# for my .NET development language.

     I briefly tried using Microsoft Expression for animation, but I have an innate aversion to "code builders" [a big obstacle in my initial learning curve for anything that relies on templates (like Windows Phone 7) ... I assume, incorrectly in some cases, that the code will be sloppy. Anyway, I would rather learn syntax than an interface]

     Overall, I would say that "Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step, First Edition" does a good job of introducing topics and providing a foundation. It is not a big book. If it went into the depth I want sometimes, I might never have started reading it. Its small size (300 pages printed in a very readable big font) is one reason I have read so much!

     I admire the author, Laurence Moroney, for putting so much time into writing this book with scarce resources -- once your writing is printed, it is out there! He gives a good introduction for others to build upon. This is a good starting point.
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