Mastering LOB development for Silverlight 5: A Case Study in Action

by George 28. April 2012 18:29

There is a new book about Silverlight 5. It comes from Packt Publishing.
It not so big, around 400 pages, and it is easy to read.

The book starts with the classic "hello world" and goes with the idea of applying all the theoretical concepts in implementing a Line of Business Application. The business proposed is an Office Space Reservation.

I like that it gives a progressive introduction of advanced features of Silverlight, but I don't really like the links for additional resources (it makes you believe it's not complete, or that you get advertising at the end of each chapter), maybe other people will appreciate this.

The book is rich in images and explanations, it uses mock-ups, drawings, colourful screen-copies. It explains everything in details. Many explanations come "now-and-here". It doesn't make you fly between the pages to understand a new concept or some complex language feature. It makes you think you have already knew the things that you just start to discover.

Although the book is not big, it manages to touch important features that every business application needs. I really enjoyed the easiness it shows to create an application, and all the features it adds afterwards in almost the same manner like it started.

I appreciate the chapters where one can read about "Testing you LOB application" - chapter 7, "Error control" - chapter 8, and "Security" - chapter 11. For these chapters in particular I would recommend the book to a public having medium skills in developing Silverlight applications, but is also informative for people that just started to know things about this technology and their wish is to develop a new LOB, nice and fast.

For other people interested in connecting Silverlight to Tweeter, Bing Map, or connecting with services in general there is a bunch of good information as well.
And what is really beautiful, is the source code that comes along with the book, which is complete, well written and wonderfully architecture, which is also presented in the book. By this, I think this book is speaking by practise and never leaves something without a "hands-on", at the end of every chapter, to apply what has been taught.

You can browse and find more interesting information about the book here:
Mastering LOB Development for Silverlight 5: A Case Study in Action


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I have been developing software since 2000, when I got my Microsoft Certification Professional (70-176).
I am a freelancer (since 2006) in software developing and owner of a small company. I am interested mainly in line of business (LOB) application created with Microsoft technology.
I live in Romania, but I travel quite often, wherever the job needs me.
Besides being a job, software developing is also my hobby, going hand in hand with photography and social communication.
I have a wife and a child which are the most important things in my life.