To get the most out of this book you will need the followings:
. Visual Studio 2010
. Silverlight 3, 4 or 5
. Blend 4 or 5
. Windows Phone SDK & Tools
. All sample code are in CSharp
. Basic knowledge of Silverlight and ADO.NET
. Download the example code from http://www.packtpub.com/
This book goes through the learning of Silverlight of version 3, 4, and especially 5. It gets deeply into data binding and data grid. It shows how to use Blend 5 to build applications that use data binding features.
This book also cover MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) aspects of working with data and build Windows Phone 7 application.
That is not all, it also explores the use of Silverlight to communicate with services with XML, JSON, SOAP over WCF and REST services, plus accessing local SQL CE database and SQL Azure cloud services. It has sample show how to access web services like Bing, Twitter, Flickr and more.
With the sample code, you can use it as a starting point to build some real practical applications.
This is a cookbook style and it uses a pattern that you can easily pick and choose which area that interest you and build from there.
The pattern that this book use throughout is:
. A heading of a particular domain subject of interest
. Getting ready
. How to do it...
. How it works...
. There's more... (if there is more to say about particular subject)
. See also (in some case where it is further explain a particular subject)
Last but not least, here is the direct link to the book: http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-silverlight-5-data-and-services-cookbo...