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Developer's Guide to Microsoft Prism 4: Building Modular MVVM Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight

Developer's Guide to Microsoft Prism 4: Building Modular MVVM Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight

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Sebastopol, CADeveloper's Guide to Microsoft® Prism 4: Building Modular MVVM Applications with Windows® Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight® (Microsoft patterns & practices, $34.99 USD) provides everything you need to get started with Prism and to use it to create flexible, maintainable Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight® 4.0 applications.

It can be challenging to design and build WPF or Silverlight client applications that are flexible, maintainable, and that can evolve over time based on changing requirements. These kinds of applications require a loosely coupled modular architecture that allows individual parts of the application to be independently developed and tested, allowing the application to be modified or extended later on. Additionally, the architecture should promote testability, code re-use, and flexibility.

Prism helps you to design and build flexible and maintainable WPF and Silverlight applications by using design patterns that support important architectural design principles, such as separation of concerns and loose coupling. This guide helps you understand these design patterns and describes how you can use Prism to implement them in your WPF or Silverlight applications.

This guide will show you how to use Prism to implement the Model-View-View-Model (MVVM) pattern in your application, and how to use it along with commands and interaction requests to encapsulate application logic and make it testable. It will show you how to split an application into separate functional modules that can communicate through loosely coupled events, and how to integrate those modules into the overall application. It will show you how to dynamically construct a flexible user interface by using regions, and how to implement rich navigation across a modular application. Prism allows you to use these design patterns together or in isolation, depending on your particular application requirements.

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About the Authors

Bob Brumfield is a senior software developer with the Microsoft® patterns & practices team, primarily working on Prism, Enterprise Library, and Web Guidance projects. Before joining Microsoft, he focused on helping teams deliver Microsoft-based solutions as a consultant in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Bob has more than 15 years of experience with professional software development and architecture.

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Geoff Cox works as a principal consultant for Southworks, Inc. He enjoys developing software at every level of the stack—from desktop and web clients to services and databases. His passion for coding revolves around the .NET Framework, design patterns, user interface design, and agile teamwork.

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David Hill is the principal architect for the Microsoft® patterns & practices team. Much of his 10 years at Microsoft have been focused on client application development. Before joining Microsoft, David specialized in developing scientific and engineering applications. David has more than 20 years of experience in professional software development.

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Brian Noyes is chief architect of IDesign, a Microsoft® Regional Director, and MVP. Brian spends most of his time consulting with customers around the world on how to best architect and design their applications to fully leverage the Microsoft .NET Framework, with particular focus on Silverlight®, WPF, ASP.NET, WCF, and Workflow, as well as teaching master classes on all of these technologies. He is the author of Developing Applications in Windows® Workflow Foundation, Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce, and Data Binding with Windows Forms 2.0. You can reach Brian through his blog at http://briannoyes.net.

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Michael Puleio is a senior software developer, pragmatic agilist, and coffee addict. He has worked for Microsoft® for over 10 years, and is currently a member of the patterns & practices (p&p) team. At p&p, he has delivered applied engineering guidance in a number of areas, including Windows® client development (with Prism 4 and the Smart Client Software Factory), the web space (in the Web Guidance projects and the Web Client Software Factory).

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Karl Shifflett currently works for the Microsoft® patterns & practices (p&p) team, where he manages the desktop projects such as Prism and the Web Guidance project. He is one of the authors of the Developer's Guide to Microsoft Prism. Karl is very passionate about product quality and Microsoft customers. He is very well known in the .NET community, loves teaching, and enjoys writing about the .NET Framework. Karl's two blogs are http://karlshifflett.wordpress.com and http://blogs.msdn.com/kashiffl. Additionally he wrote the content for the WPF and Silverlight Designer blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/wpfsldesigner.

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Developer’s Guide to Microsoft® Prism 4: Building Modular MVVM Applications with Windows® Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight® Developer’s Guide to Microsoft® Prism 4: Building Modular MVVM Applications with Windows® Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight®
Publisher: Microsoft Press
By Bob Brumfield, Geoff Cox, David Hill, Brian Noyes, Michael Puleio, Karl Shifflett
Print ISBN: 9780735656109   Ebook ISBN: 9780735660526  
Pages: 288 (est.)
Print Price: $34.99   Ebook Price: $27.99  
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