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Pro Telerik ASP.NET and Silverlight Controls: Master Telerik Controls for Advanced ASP.NET and Silverlight Projects (Pro Series)

Author: Jose Rolando Guay Paz
List price: $64.99
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Average rating: 4.6 / 6 (6 reviews)
Publisher: Apress ( 7 July 2010)

This book provides a complete guide to implementing Telerik's range of ASP.NET and Silverlight controls. Telerik controls are invaluable for ASP.NET and Silverlight developers because they provide a vast array of rich controls targeted for the presentation layer of web applications. Telerik offers you solutions for the reports, grids, charts, and text-editing controls that you need but don't want to build from scratch yourself--the options are endless for increasing the functionality of any of your web solutions.
What you'll learn

  • Understand how to integrate the standard Telerik controls into any ASP.NET or Silverlight solution to increase productivity and usability.
  • Incorporate the Telerik extensions for ASP.NET MVC.
  • Learn to implement Telerik Open Access and ORM for all your data access requirements.
  • Work with the full API to master using the entire suite of controls.
Who this book is for This book is aimed at .NET developers working with ASP.NET and Silverlight who want to take advantage of the prewritten controls that Telerik provides when developing their software. No prior knowledge of Telerik controls is required, but a working knowledge of ASP.NET and Silverlight is assumed.
Table of Contents
  1. Introducing ASP.NET and Telerik
  2. Getting Started With Telerik RadControls
  3. Input RadControls
  4. Navigation RadControls
  5. Date, Time, and Scheduling RadControls
  6. Data RadControls, Part 1
  7. Data RadControls, Part
  8. Layout RadControls
  9. Chart and Image RadControls
  10. Additional RadControls
  11. RadAjax
  12. Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC
  13. RadControls for Silverlight
  14. Introducing Telerik Reporting
  15. Telerik OpenAccess ORM

Beginning Web Development, Silverlight, and ASP.NET AJAX: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in .NET)

Author: Laurence Moroney
List price: $44.99
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Average rating: 2.8 / 2 (2 reviews)
Publisher: Apress ( 7 March 2008)

There has been a huge surge in interest in ‘Web 2.0’ technologies over the last couple of years. Microsoft’s contribution to this area has been the ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight technologies, coupled to a supporting framework of ancillary tools. This book aims to be a no nonsense introduction to these technologies for the rapidly growing number of people who are realizing that they need Microsoft-based ‘Web 2.0’ skills on their CV. It gives people a grounding in the core concepts of the technologies and shows how they can be used together to produce the results that people need. The author has unparalleled experience of introducing people to these technologies.

Silverlight 4 in Action

Author: Pete Brown
List price: $49.99
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Average rating: 4.7 / 33 (33 reviews)
Publisher: Manning Publications ( 7 October 2010)

Silverlight 4 in Action is a fast-paced, comprehensive tutorial that guides the reader from creating "Hello World" to coding production-quality, data-driven rich internet applications with graphics, audio, and video content. Written for a developer who already knows how to code in C#, this fluff-free book covers the basics quickly and dives into the heart of Silverlight development using XAML (a markup language for creating user interface elements) and Visual Studio 2010. You'll learn not only how to accomplish tasks, but how the underlying runtime works.
In addition to the fundamentals, the book covers the new features in Silverlight like pixel shaders, webcam and microphone, and raw media, as well as WCF RIA Services and patterns like MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel). It explains developing offline and "out-of-browser" applications, managing video and audio, handling validation, navigation and deep-linking, and how each Silverlight feature fits into the overall Silverlight ecosystem.
Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Silverlight
  2. Core XAML
  3. The application model and the plug-in
  4. Integrating with the browser
  5. Integrating with the desktop
  6. Rendering, layout, and transforming
  7. Panels
  8. Human input
  9. Text
  10. Controls and UserControls
  11. Binding
  12. Data controls: DataGrid and DataForm
  13. Input validation
  14. Networking and communications
  15. Navigation and dialogs
  16. Structuring and testing with the MVVM/ViewModel pattern
  17. WCF RIA Services
  18. Graphics and effects
  19. Printing
  20. Displaying and capturing media (including webcam/mic)
  21. Working with bitmap images
  22. Animation and behaviors
  23. Resoures, styles, and control templates
  24. Creating panels and controls
  25. The install experience and preloaders

Fun with Silverlight 4 with VB.NET

Author: Rajesh Lal
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Average rating: 5.0 / 5 (5 reviews)
Publisher: CreateSpace (10 May 2012)

Simple, concise, instructive and informative - Tim Heuer, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)(On C# Version of the Book )"This is a great book for someone looking to get a broad view of the Silverlight 4 platform. It is very simple to read/understand for anyone wanting to get started. The book is very illustrative - literally - to provide good visuals about each of the core concepts. At the end of reading this book and following the examples, the reader should be able to quickly start building "real" applications using the basic concepts. ... Recommend."
"Handy guide for you to find specific solutions you want to achieve in Silverlight 4" - Kunal Chowdhury, a Silverlight MVP This book illustrates more than 100 features in Silverlight using a simple problem/solution approach. It takes one feature at a time and guides you in progressive journey where you begin by using the basic components, then by creating graphics and animations. You then create rich media applications on the client and web services, and delve into calling advanced Web services like AJAX, REST and WCF services from Silverlight.
The book takes an example approach for all problems and features, and illustrates with class diagrams what objects and methods are used and how the elements of a Silverlight project are created in easy to understand format.
In the Book
Design a Rich Internet Application
Extend the Control Framework
Create Compelling Graphics
Work with Animation
Extend the Browser Programming Model
Bring Data Visualization to the Web
Develop with ASP.NET and Ajax
Work with Web Services
Create Rich Silverlight Media Applications
Deliver Enhanced and Interactive Streaming Video Experiences
The book assumes the reader has a basic understanding of web technologies and .Net programming languages, and is targeted at the intermediate to advanced Silverlight developer.
Rave Reviews
"A unique and thorough book" - Michael Microsoft MVP
"Learning with fun" - Syed Ahmad (Web Developer)
"Awesome book, straight to the point, great code samples, a must have." - Andy Chauhan (RIA Developer)
"Great book with tons of details !" - Michael Crump, a Silverlight MVP
"Putting the FUN into Silverlight 4" - Richard T. Kingslan (Microsoft)

Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008 (Windows.net)

Author: Matthew MacDonald
List price: $49.99
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Average rating: 4.1 / 15 (15 reviews)
Publisher: Apress ( 4 December 2008)

Pro Silverlight 1.1 is the perfect reference: you’ll learn about the features that put Silverlight in direct competition with Adobe Flash and, best of all, you’ll experience the plumbing of .NET and the design model of WPF through Silverlight―-all of the same .NET technology that developers use to design next-generation Windows applications. Author Matthew MacDonald provides an expertly crafted tutorial written from professional developer to professional developer. You’ll learn how to create rich media applications using Silverlight across browsers and platforms.

Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: Includes Silverlight 2

Author: Mario Szpuszta
List price: $59.99
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Average rating: 3.9 / 20 (20 reviews)
Publisher: Apress (22 December 2008)

ASP.NET 3.5 is Microsoft’s principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008 raises the bar for high–quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft’s dynamic web solution.

This edition is updated with everything you need to integrate Silverlight 2.0 and SQL Server 2008 into your ASP.NET applications. You will learn about Silverlight’s exciting features so that your ASP projects can be rich in visual flair and compelling to the user.

Seasoned .NET professionals Matthew MacDonald and Mario Szpuszta explain how you can get the most from this groundbreaking technology. They cover ASP.NET 3.5 as a whole, illustrating both the brand–new features and the functionality carried over from previous versions of ASP. This book will give you the knowledge you need to code real ASP.NET 3.5 applications in the best possible style.

Silverlight 2 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in .NET)

Author: Jit Ghosh
List price: $44.99
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Average rating: 5.0 / 1 (1 reviews)
Publisher: Apress ( 4 December 2008)

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in like Flash that delivers rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports a number of different programming languages and techniques (making it cross-platform) and all major browsers (cross-browser support). Silverlight 1.1 Recipes is brought to the market immediately surrounding the actual Silverlight 1.1 RTM to target developers interested in practical, ready-to-use code pieces. Readers will enjoy the "cut-and-paste" ready solutions that give lots of bang for their buck.

Foundation Expression Blend 3 with Silverlight (Foundations)

Author: Victor Gaudioso
List price: $39.99
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Average rating: 3.8 / 33 (33 reviews)
Publisher: Apress (23 June 2009)

The only real tool for developing cross-platform rich Internet applications (RIAs) for that last 11 years has been Flash; until now! Silverlight 3 allows you to develop cross-platform rich Internet applications in a fraction of the time because of the extensive and very powerful .NET 3.5 libraries, the powerful, design friendly Blend 3 IDE, and an enhanced workflow that allows designers and developers to work on the same set of files at the same time.

  • Develop stunning RIAs in a short time.
  • Learn some basic object-oriented programming principles.
  • Get familiar with the Blend 3 development environment.

Pro Silverlight 4 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)

Author: Matthew MacDonald
List price: $49.99
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Average rating: 4.5 / 19 (19 reviews)
Publisher: Apress ( 9 November 2010)

Silverlight 4 is Microsoft's cross-browser technology for creating rich user experiences on the Web. Like its predecessor, Silverlight 3, it rides atop the .NET framework for maximum ease of use and coding efficiency. The new technology carries forward much of the work that has been done before and augments it in many important respects, including support for H.264 video, major improvements to the graphics engine (including true 3D rendering), and much richer data-binding options for interfacing with other applications.

Pro Silverlight 4 in C# is an invaluable reference for professional developers wanting to discover the features of Silverlight 4. Author Matthew MacDonald's expert advice guides you through creating rich media applications using Silverlight in the environment you're most productive in―no matter what the target platform.

As you learn about the features that put Silverlight in direct competition with Adobe Flash, such as rich support for 2D and 3D drawing, animations, and media playback, you'll experience the plumbing of .NET and the design model of WPF through Silverlight―all of the same .NET technology that developers use to design next-generation Windows applications. Matthew MacDonald provides a comprehensive tutorial written from professional developer to professional developer, complete with full-color graphics and screenshots.

Beginning Silverlight 5 in C# (Expert's Voice in Silverlight)

Author: Robert Lair
List price: $39.99
Amazon price: $26.81   Book details at Amazon.com
Average rating: 3.9 / 3 (3 reviews)
Publisher: Apress (18 April 2012)

The growing popularity of Web 2.0 applications is increasing user expectations for high-quality website design, presentation, and functionality. It is into this climate that Microsoft is releasing Silverlight 5, the latest iteration of its cross-browser web presentation technology.

Beginning Silverlight 5 in C# brings you to the cutting edge of Web 2.0 application design and includes plenty of practical guidance to get you started straight away. Silverlight design tools have important differences compared with those used to create Ajax and JavaScript functionality. Robert Lair takes you on a tour of all the tools, including:

  • Microsoft Expression Design, which plays an important role in creating Silverlight assets
  • Microsoft Expression Blend, which is used to build user interaction for Silverlight elements
  • Microsoft Visual Studio, which manages the interaction between designers and developers, providing the coding environment for "nuts and bolts" wiring

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you'll move on to gain a more in-depth knowledge of some of the features introduced with Silverlight 5, including H.264 protected content, right-click event handling, a new printing API, and support for the Managed Extensibility Framework.

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