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Foundation Expression Blend 3 with Silverlight
Foundation Expression Blend 3 with Silverlight
2009

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  1. How to program: web applications

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The only real tool for developing cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) for that last 11 years has been Flash; until now! Silverlight 3 allows you to develop cross-platform Rich Internet Applications in a fraction of the time because of the extensive and very powerful .NET 3.5 libraries, the powerful, design friendly Blend 3 Integrated Development Environment, and an enhanced workflow that allows designers and developers to work on the same set of files at the same time.

  • Develop stunning RIAs in a short time.
  • Learn some basic Object Oriented Programming Principles.
  • Get familiar with the Blend 3 development environment.
  • Learn the Blend 3 and Visual Studio 2008 Integrated Development Environments (IDE).
  • Learn how to create stunning animations using Silverlight 3 Storyboards.
  • Learn how to incorporate video and sound into your RIAs with the Silverlight MediaElement.
  • Learn about and how to develop quickly using Silverlight 3's reusable resources such as UserControls, ControlTemplates and DataTemplates.
  • Learn about the new Visual State Manager and the State panel in Blend 3 to quickly and easily add MouseEnter and MouseLeave states to your UserControls.
  • Put everything you have learned together to create a sample Silverlight 3 website.
     


What is this?

A while back I wrote an article on my blog listing all the books that hackers recommended to each other from the site HackerNews. The purpose was to provide a place to list book recommendations so that people didn't have to type in the same list over and over again. (HN gets several requests for book recommendations a week. I also get at least a couple each month). It was very well received, and many posters and commenters either asked that I make a site or sent me an email asking me to do so.

How is this any different from the list on the blog?

This list has more books. This list is sortable both by what question you have and your skill level. In addition, once you sort the list, you can save the link with your sort and send it to somebody else. So, for instance, when somebody wants a book for noobs learning to program, you can make a link for that and then reuse it

How did you collect these books?

Initially the list came from Googling HackerNews.com "best book" and taking the books from the first few pages returned. Later, I added all the books that were mentioned "You left that out!" when Jacques posted the link. While adding those books, I came across a Stack Overflow link where programmers were asked to list their favorite tech books, so I included those too.

If I ask you to put a book on here, will you?

It depends.

These books were all gathered by finding places where hackers hang out and are suggesting books to other hackers and other hackers agree with them by voting up their suggestion. If I can find an example of this for your book, I'm happy to include it.

How are the books ranked?

I did the best I could with ranking. I am sure there are many things you do not agree with. It would be possible to add voting and personal ranking -- that would make the system much better. Heck, you could rank the books yourself and use it as a customized book list to show to people who want your advice. I'd like to do that, but if I've learned anything is to not let your featureset get ahead of the users. This first version will test the waters to see what kind of interest the community might have.