D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Silverlight 2 Book Reviews

Sunday, March 15, 2009 11:21 PM

I wanted to share a couple of suggested Silverlight 2 reads, especially for those visiting my blog after the recent Winnipeg Code Camp talk I did on Silverlight 2.

Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008 by Matthew MacDonald.


This book is an incredible reference, covering almost every topic that you’d need to know for building Silverlight 2 applications (There’s no dedicated “Architecture” chapter, but I think that’s a topic best served currently by the Microsoft P&P Team and Prism).

The book has the benefit of being printed in color, which at first I thought was just a gimmick to sell more books…but y’know, seeing sample screens in color is actually an enhancement.

I’ve read another Silverlight 2 book intended to help people get caught up with the technology quickly, and I can say that this book is the better of the two; its written at a level that experienced and new developers can grok the content.

Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2 by John Papa


While so many are wondering whether Silverlight can be considered for serious business application development and not just as a media tool, John Papa comes out with a book that focuses on the non-sexy aspect of Silverlight 2: the data and service components and abilities!

This is a fantastic book that gives a great understanding of the abilities, techniques, and practices for implementing WCF, LINQ, REST, and more in your Silverlight 2 apps. Dave Campbell also gave a very positive review of this book.



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