[Book review] Silverlight 3 Jumpstart

Silverlight 3 Jumpstart by David Yack, Microsoft Silverlight MVP, is a small book designed to get you started with Silverlight. I think it was the first Silverlight 3 book available.


I really enjoyed reading this book, I like the format and the fact that it goes straight from XAML introduction to MVVM in less than 200 pages! The author doesn’t spend too much time explaining what a Rectangle is and how you can animate it… (we don’t really care, right) and focus more on features that will help you build RIA business application.

I really like the chapter on architectures presenting an overview of MVVM, Prism, CLSA, IdeaBlade and .NET RIA Services! I gives you a good starting point to learn about these new framework/pattern.

I definitely recommend this book for any .NET developer willing to quickly become up to date with Silverlight 3; in fact, as a Silverlight Trainer myself I bought several dozens to give to my students.

Note that this book is a premise of a next book focused even more on building business applications using Silverlight, so keep an eye on www.slria.com


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  • This comment is meant to be helpful and I hope it is taken it that spirit.

    I understand that standards today have fallen to the point where few people care if someone writes "Ain't got no money" but bad grammar can give a bad impression. It is for this reason you might like to change
    "The author don’t spend too much time..." to
    "The author doesn’t spend too much time..."

  • @Pete: thanks! English is not my mother tongue, sorry for bad grammar.

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