Review: Silverlight 1.0
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by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Inside the book

Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to Silverlight. The authors examine the installation of plug-in, SDK and the tools required to build applications. Chapters 2 and 3 examine the creation of Silverlight applications using XAML and Expression Blend 2. I feel chapter 3 will be a bonus for developers as it will help them to learn Silverlight with the help of a GUI tool. An interesting point to note is that the authors have discussed the concepts in a step-by-step manner with lot of colored screenshots.

While chapter 4 helps you to create applications with JavaScript and XAML, the next chapter examines the development of ASP.NET applications using Silverlight. These chapters are highly code intensive and will be helpful only if you have a strong understanding of Silverlight, JavaScript and ASP.NET Ajax. Chapter 6 provides a short coverage regarding the relationship of Silverlight and Common Language Runtime with the help of helpful diagrams. The authors also point out a brief snapshot of one of the upcoming Silverlight 1.1 application.

The final chapter demonstrates the creation of video player by using some of the core features. I feel it will be highly useful for advanced developers. Written by a team of highly experienced developers, the book concludes with a reference documentation of Silverlight object and XAML. Each reference starts with a short description followed by the related properties, methods and events in tabular format. I would suggest the author to provide relevant sample source codes for each reference since it will benefit developers to quickly implement them on their applications.

The authors have worked hard to produce a nice documentation of Silverlight in a short span of time. They have not only given equal importance to the usage of GUI based tools such as Expression Blend, but also provided good code oriented chapters. I would like to see the usage of databases and web services in the next edition of the book. Beginners will find it easy to grasp the concepts due to the lucid writing style.

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Title: Reply to Paschal   
Name: Anand Narayanaswamy
Date: 2008-02-13 7:05:14 AM
Thanks for your comments.

I hope authors will update the book later this year. It is difficult to update printed books very frequently as it requires plenty of time.
Title: Mr   
Name: Paschal
Date: 2008-02-12 9:33:16 AM
Anand, the main problem I have with this book and another one I know is they talk about a soon to be obsolete subject. Indeed Microsft has already launched SilverLight 1.1 but I will recommend to wait for Silverlight 2.0 coming at our doors very soon.

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