What is the best book on Silverlight 4?

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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 contains 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 get you started early on with some sample application 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 that 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.

For a complete list of all Silverlight 4 books then check out http://www.silverlight.net/learn/books/ and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.


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