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Microsoft Silverlight Graphics by Oswald Campesato (2008-06-06)

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  • By H. Frick on July 16, 2008

    I would not recommend this book for several reasons.First of all, it deals with the older version of Silverlight, 1.0. The latest version as of July 16, 2008 is 2.0.30523. It appears that the full amount of web controls was only released with the later version, e.g. you have to implement a Button using HTML in the page.Next, he uses a rather tedious way to implement each page. The additional CreateSilverLightxxx.js file which is more or less unchanged for each page is really unnecessary, you may as well use the <object/> construct with the appropriate settings within the HTML page. Also, the basic way he sets up every page is very tedious to update, you have to go into the aforementioned JavaScript file to change the name of the XAML file, then you have to change the name of the html and xaml file, and then you have to change the name of the javascript file within the html file. My suggestion: have each page in a sub-directory with the appropriate name, and call the two required files page.html and page.xml. Just my preference of how to work.Thirdly, it is clear that Oswald is not necessarily a friend of Microsoft (why do I think this is bad? Silverlight is best implemented using other MSFT technologies like VisualStudio. Otherwise it's harder than it needs to be). For every Silverlight example, he gives us the code of the corresponding SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). He also notes that Adobe currently supports an SVG plug-in for Internet Explorer but that it will discontinue support for it on 1/1/2009. That's really motivating to know about SVG :-). Well, Oswald also wrote a book about SVG, so going from that text to this Silverlight book probably was reeeeally easy...Other indications that appear to me that he is just trying to fill pages are the explanations of the code where he repeats all the code segments of the summary he just showed, with just a few explanations added. Other examples seem pretty silly to me, like trying to render a 3d cylinder, or the 3d bar charts, or "complex graphics".Also, be aware that this is really mostly a "graphics" book, i.e. standard UI elements like buttons, tables, input fields, slider bars etc... are not explained in this book.Maybe I'm just mad that I paid $48 at Barnes for a book that is pretty basic. The Amazon $27 look more reasonable.

  • By A. Solveson on August 8, 2008

    This book offers concepts that are presented in a clear and logical manner. Instead of dumping code samples with limited and/or poor explanation, as I've seen other authors do, the author goes out of his way to explain everything, thereby saving me from having to spend my own time to figure out the code myself.Compared to the Silverlight books that I purchased some months ago, this Silverlight book is unique for several reasons. First, this book has almost twice as much content as the other Silverlight books that I bought, including examples that do not exist in any of these (or other) Silverlight books.Second, Oswald is obviously an expert in terms of vector-based graphics code (clearly shown in the SVG book that he has also authored) and his expertise is apparent in his Silverlight book as well.Third, tihs book contains a chapter dedicated to explaining how to create, compile, and deploy Java servlets (which render Silverlight) in a web server, and he explains how to set up the open source servlet container Tomcat. There is also a chapter dedicated to charts/graphs, a chapter for scripting languages like IronPython, IronRuby, and a chapter for using scripting languages with Silverlight. All of these chapters are unique to this book.I also discovered that almost all the code examples in the book work with both 1.0 and beta 2.0 version of Silverlight. The author does mention that some samples might not work with Silverlight beta 2.0, which suggests that his book went to press right around the time that Microsoft released Silverlight 2.0 beta.The first part of the book provides useful information. For instance, the author clearly explains the rationale for using four files for Silverlight apps as it minimizes the impact on your code if/when Microsoft updates the Silverlight.js file.Silverlight is a technology from Microsoft which is not just for Microsoft developers or tools. This books helps leverage this technology using non-Microsoft tools which in my opinion is a big plus. Why else would Microsoft make Silverlight a cross-browser plug-in? Unfortunately, none of the other Silverlight books that I bought describe the tools that are available for people who do not work on Windows or Visual Studio.This book is like a "bridge" for non-Microsoft developers, especially for SVG developers, who will get a detailed comparison between SVG and Silverlight. This book is clearly beneficial for Microsoft's Silverlight strategy.The bottom line is simple: Oswald's book is a very big plus for non-MS developers and for those interested in making rich graphics applications like myself to create applications in Silverlight. So, buying his book was the superior choice for me and I'm very pleased with my purchase.

  • By L. Rajiv on July 28, 2008

    I would recommend this book for a variety of reasons. Being part of a large heterogenous IT organization, I was exploring Silverlight for some upcoming projects. That is when I happened to search for and get this book. I first was under the assumption that in order to use Silverlight I would have to get MS suite of products and since in my organization we do not have any licenses for Visual Studio, I did not want to get bootstrapped into buying one. I liked the fact that the book allowed me to use standard Java based technology which we have largely adopted. Understandably, Silverlight development might get easier with MS products, but given the project situation I was in, this book helped me understand what I will have to do if I were to undertake Silverlight projects at work. I also liked the fact that the author gave some useful tips and tricks in the beginning of the book which potentially saved me hours of hassles fixing any issues that arose at time of installation/implementation. After reading this book, I am researching further as to how we can adopt a good microsoft technology without getting deeply entrenched with MS products

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