Best Silverlight 4 Books

library This review is very tough to write. First because I’ve not read every Silverlight 4 book that is out there (and many are not yet released) and second, because the one I keep finding answers to my questions in was written by my boss: Pete Brown.  That said, the three books reviewed here are so truly tremendously excellent, I can’t not write about them.

Silverlight 4 In Action – This book is comprehensive.  I’ve yet to try to find out how to do something (or what library to include, or what I’m missing about some technique) and not found a clear, concise and immediately useful answer.  If you can’t find something new, that you didn’t already know in this book then you are on the development team of Silverlight.  For the rest of us, Pete fills in the lacunae in our knowledge of Silverlight. 

Note, it isn’t just me, there are currently 14 reviews on Amazon, and they are all 5 star (!)  Pete has hit a grand slam homerun, ring the bells, alert the media.

Professional Silverlight 4Three writers with one voice, this book also covers the gamut of Silverlight programming and their examples are worth their weight in gold.  Very heavy on useful illustrations, laid out very well and with solid coverage of advanced topics, this book is the perfect companion to Pete’s… it can be very valuable to see the same thing from two different perspectives.

Professional Windows Phone 7 Application DevelopmentThis book is shockingly well done and complete considering it is one of the first on the topic to hit the shelves.  The book dives into advanced topics in the first 100 (of ~600) pages, and I do wish the demos were completely stand alone (sometimes I have to back up and implement something I know already just to catch up to the current example) but overall this is an immensely valuable book.


All three are required reading.

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is the Principal Mobile Developer with IFS Core. He has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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4 Responses to Best Silverlight 4 Books

  1. B. Shunmuga Sundari says:

    I want a professional Silverlight4 book

  2. @Rich Bianco (DisplacedGuy)
    Thanks for the kind words. This is a WordPress theme that I edited heavily.

  3. Hi Jesse,
    I’ve seen a ton of your videos on Silverlight and enjoy them a lot, I’m a PowerBuilder expert trying to make Silverlight my main area of expertise. This is my first time on your blog I like the two column layout a lot, did you design it yourself? Anyway I just wanted to say hello and thank you for all the good info. I appreciate the book reviews here, I am going to get the last one on Phone programming. Keep up the good work.
    Rich Bianco

  4. Ivan Bondy says:

    My vote would be for Silverlight 4 Unleashed by Laurent Bugnion father of MVVM Light framework.


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