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Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginners Guide


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author   Cameron Albert, Frank La Vigne  /   released on   Apr 06, 2010
Tags:   line-of-business , silverlight-4 , cameron-albert , frank-la-vigne
Categories:   Silverlight 4 , Line-of-Business
Product Description

Build enterprise-ready business applications with Silverlight
  • An introduction to building enterprise-ready business applications with Silverlight quickly.
  • Get hold of the basic tools and skills needed to get started in Silverlight application development.
  • Integrate different media types, taking the RIA experience further with Silverlight, and much more!
  • Rapidly manage business focused controls, data, and business logic connectivity.
  • A suite of business applications will be built over the course of the book and all examples will be geared around real-world useful application developments, enabling .NET developers to focus on getting started in business application development using Silverlight.

In Detail 
Microsoft Silverlight is a programmable web browser plug-in that enables features including animation, vector graphics, and audio-video playback--features that characterize Rich Internet Applications. Silverlight makes possible the development of RIA applications in familiar .NET languages such as C# and VB.NET.

Silverlight is a great (and growing) Line of Business platform and is increasingly being used to build business applications. Silverlight 3 made a big step in LOB; Silverlight 4 builds upon this further. This book will enable .NET developers to feel the pulse of business application development with Silverlight quickly.

This book is not a general Silverlight 3/4 overview book. It is uniquely aimed at developers who require an introduction to building business applications with Silverlight. This book will focus on building a suite of real-world, useful business applications in a practical hands-on approach. This book is for .Net developers, providing the answers to many questions that are encountered when creating business applications in Silverlight, ultimately enabling rapid development with ease!

This book teaches you how to build business applications with Silverlight 3 and 4. Building a suite of applications, it begins by introducing you to the basic tools and skills needed to get started in Silverlight development. It then dives deeply into the world of business application development, covering all the required concepts needed to build sophisticated business applications and provide a rich user experience. Chapters include: building a public website, adding rich media to the website, incorporating RIA into your website, and among others.

By following the practical steps in this book, you will learn what's needed to create rich business applications--from the creation of a Silverlight application, to enhancing your application with rich media and connecting your Silverlight application to various Data Sources.

What you will learn from this book

  • Learn the basic tools and skills needed to get started in Silverlight 4 business application development.
  • Discover how to enhance your Silverlight business applications with rich data such as sound and video.
  • Know when and how to customize your data in Silverlight using important data controls.
  • Understand how your Silverlight business applications can connect to various Data Sources.
  • Deliver your Silverlight business application in a variety of forms.

    A Beginner's Guide tutorial, this book offers learning and techniques through a suite of business applications. It contains step-by-step instructions for developers who want to build rich business applications using Silverlight. The book focuses on practical examples and has a friendly approach, with the opportunity to learn by experiment and play. It uses illustrations, screenshots, and interactive experiences to understand the most complex topics related to Silverlight business application development. It is designed in such a way that you can refer to topics chapter by chapter, and read them in no particular order.

    Who this book is written for 
    If you are a .NET developer who wants to build business applications with Silverlight, then this is the book for you. No experience of programming Silverlight is required. Basic understanding of Visual Studio, C#, .Net development, XML, and Web development concepts (HTTP, Services) is required.

  • About the Author

    Cameron Albert 
    Cameron Albert is an independent software development consultant with over ten years of experience, specializing in Microsoft technologies such as Silverlight, WPF, WCF, SQL Server and ASP.NET. Having worked in the medical, insurance and media/entertainment industries Cameron has been involved in a variety of development solutions featuring a broad range of technical issues. Cameron also dabbles in game development utilizing Silverlight and maintains a blog detailing his exploits into the development world here: cameronalbert.com

    Frank LaVigne 
    Frank LaVigne is a Lead Designer/Architect at Applied Information Sciences in Washington DC. He has been hooked on software development since he was 12, when he got his own Commodore 64 computer. Since then, he's worked as developer for financial firms on Wall Street and in Europe. As a consultant, he has worked on various Tablet PC solutions and building advanced user experiences in Silverlight and WPF. He blogs regularly at FranksWorld.com

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