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What is the Best Book on Silverlight 4?

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I have read a few Silverlight 4/Expression books in 2010 and decided to post the “best of” collection.

This article is in the Book Review chapter. Reviews are intended to provide you with information on books - both paid and free - that others consider useful and of value to developers. Read a good programming book? Write a review!


Silverlight/Expression 4 Books!

I recently stumbled upon a post asking, “What is the best book on Silverlight 4?” In the age of the internet, it can be hard for anyone searching for a good book to actually find it. I have read a few Silverlight 4/Expression books in 2010 and decided to post the “best of” collection. Instead of reading multiple books, you can cut your list down to whatever category that you fit in. With Silverlight 5 coming soon, now is the time to get up to speed with what Silverlight 4 can offer. Be sure to read the full review at the bottom of each section.

For the “Beginner” Silverlight Developer: Both of these books contain very simple applications and will get you started very fast.

Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))and Microsoft Silverlight 4 For Dummies

Book Review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step

For the guy/gal that wants to “Master” Expression Blend 4: This is a hands-on kind of book. Victor gets you started early on with some sample applications and quickly deep dives into Storyboard and other Animations. If you want to learn Blend 4, then this is the place to start.

Foundation Expression Blend 4 with Silverlight

Book Review: Foundation Expression Blend 4 by Victor Gaudioso

If you are aiming to learn more about the Business side of Silverlight, then check out the following two books:

Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginners Guideand Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4

Finally, for the Silverlight 4 guy/gal that wants to “Master” Silverlight 4, it really boils down to the following two books:

Silverlight 4 Unleashedand Silverlight 4 in Action

Book Review: Silverlight 4 Unleashed by Laurent Bugnion

Book Review: Silverlight 4 in Action by Pete Brown

I can’t describe how much I’ve actually learned from both of these books. I would also recommend you read these books if you are preparing for your Silverlight 4 Certification.

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Michael Crump is a Silverlight MVP and MCPD that has been involved with computers in one way or another for as long as he can remember, but started professionally in 2002. After spending years working as a systems administrator/tech support analyst, Michael branched out and started developing internal utilities that automated repetitive tasks and freed up full-time employees. From there, he was offered a job working at McKesson corporation and has been working with some form of .NET and VB/C# since 2003.

He has worked at Fortune 500 companies where he gained experience in embedded systems design and software development to systems administration and database programming, and everything in between.

His primary focus right now is developing healthcare software solutions using Microsoft .NET technologies. He prefers building infrastructure components, reusable shared libraries and helping companies define, develop and automate process standards and guidelines.

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