I'm about to begin a project using WPF and the 3.5 .NET framework. A while back I read the Expert BO book (2005) but never ended up utilizing CSLA in any projects. I am seriously considering CSLA for this new project, and I want to know if Rocky's e-book "Using CSLA .NET 3.0 (C#)" would be beneficial in helping me quickly get started in actually using the CSLA framework (as opposed to primarily understanding all the internals of it like the Expert BO book explains). Would this e-book help me ramp up somewhat quickly with how to use the framework? Or is there another (better) resource for this? Thanks.
The best "how to use" information is in the Core 3.8 video series.
The Expert 2008 Business Objects book is better organized for this than the 2005 book, but is still has a lot of content about how the framework is designed.
The 3.0 ebook has some "how it works" content and some "how to use" content, but it does lean more toward "how to use", which is what you want. The 3.0 ebook builds on the 2005 book in some very specific areas:
It is very useful if you are using those technology areas, otherwise it is probably not useful at all.
Thanks, Rocky. I had previously purchased the Silverlight video series a few months ago, but haven't yet gone through it entirely. Is there much different beyond that since I am targeting WPF for this current project?
The Silverlight video series spends a fair amount of time covering Silverlight-specific issues, at the expense of spending time covering the use of CSLA in more detail.
The Core 3.8 video series spends all its time covering the use of CSLA in detail, with as little focus on any UI technology as possible. So the Core 3.8 series does go into more detail around object design, the data portal, data access, business rules, security and so forth - moreso than the Silverlight series.
All that said, you should be able to adapt most of the non-Silverlight concepts to any CSLA project - and WPF is the closest match to SL.
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