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Silverlight 2 Lab: Intensive Skills Training


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author   Andrew Troelsen  /   released on   May 01, 2009
Tags:   silverlight-2 , andrew-troelsen
Categories:   Silverlight 2

Product Description
Silverlight 2 Lab presents a new approach to learning about Silverlight. Andrew Troelsen, author and .NET trainer, simulates the highly effective teaching and presentation techniques of a corporate training workshop in order to provide a deep treatment of Silverlight 2 in an accessible manner.

Each chapter begins with a focused “traditional treatment” in which the scope of the chapter and the topics that will be covered are discussed and the course of the training lab laid out. Then, once the stage has been set, the bulk of the chapter takes the form of a hands–on lab that walks you deeply through the topic in a highly experiential manner, with new techniques and ideas encountered and explained as you progress. For this reason, the book is targeted at experienced .NET developers who already possess a good knowledge of C# and an outline understanding of what Silverlight is. Starting at this level allows readers to dive deeply into the subject from the very beginning.

What you’ll learn

  • The syntax and semantics of Silverlight 2 and what it takes to write good code
  • How to create media–rich web content (graphics, animations, audio–video integration)
  • The use of the Silverlight data–binding model and CLR/base class library support (including WCF, isolated storage, and threading)
  • How to utilize the ASP.NET Silverlight web controls to augment your existing sites
  • Best practices for Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Expression Blend, and other Silverlight programming tools

Who is this book for

This book is for competent .NET developers who are adopting Silverlight. It is assumed you are comfortable with C# and the fundamentals of .NET architecture. If in doubt, a primer such as Accelerated C# 2008 by Trey Nash (Apress, 2007) will bring you up to speed with the necessary skills before you tackle these training labs.

About the Author

Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech-Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is now in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup.

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