Friday, June 06, 2008

FREE Silverlight 2 EBook Raffle


I've been heads down working on Silverlight 2 in Action over the past couple of months. With the release of Silverlight Beta 2, we are ready to make a couple of announcements. First, I would like to announce a raffle for Silverlight 2 in Action. Then, after providing a brief history of the book, I would like to announce the roadmap for the book.


In celebration of the release of Beta, I have been given FIVE (5) coupons for one FREE Ebook to distribute. In order to provide everyone with an interest in Silverlight 2 an equal chance at this content, I have decided to create a raffle. The winners for this raffle will be randomly selected on Saturday, June 21st, 2008.

In order to enter the raffle, please visit and fill out the form. You will receive a confirmation email after you fill out the form. If you do not receive a confirmation within 10 minutes of submitting, please post a comment on this blog. My web hosting provider has been having some issues, and I want to make sure your entry gets in. Regardless, please note that you may only enter once, duplicate entries will be removed.

On Saturday, June 21st, 2008 I will randomly select FIVE (5) winners. On that day you will receive one e-mail that will inform you if you or another individual has won. If you win, you will have 48 hours to respond. If you do not respond within 48 hours, another particpant will be selected and you will not receive the coupon.

Your e-mail address WILL be kept private. In addition, I will NOT spam you to buy the book. If you do not win, don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to get the content thanks to Manning Publishing's Early Access Program. If you are not familiar with this process you can find out more here.

Silverlight 2 in Action - History

Believe it or not, I started this book in the middle of May of 2007. In other words, this book has been in development for over a year. I spent a lot of time playing with Silverlight and WPF to help me write the content. I want to publicly thank the MEAP adopters that have provided some excellent feedback. Especially Ben Hayat. Ben has been encouraging and a positive voice. He has also provided some excellent feedback. I also want to thank my publisher, Manning Publishing, as well as my editor, Cynthia Kane, for their patience and guidance on this project. But we're not done yet...

Silverlight 2 in Action - Moving Forward

Currently, there are 8 chapters available through the MEAP program. These chapters are going through some finalizations. Because of this, there are still some remnants from SL2 Beta 1. Those will be fixed before we publish. If you see "bugs" in the content, please do not hesitate to let me know. I have some time scheduled to go over the whole book one final time to make sure it is all correct before we actually publish the book. MEAP customers get the updated content as it becomes available.

In regards to the remaining 4 chapters, those will come very quickly. In fact, I just sent off the o.k. to prepare chapter 12 for MEAP-ing. So that should be available next week. Chapter 4 is about 90% complete. Chapter 10 is about 80% complete. I will be focussing on Chapter 10 this weekend and I hope to finish it up. Chapter 6 is sort of in limbo right now. It is a bit of a long story, but I hope to make an announcement around that content during my next blog post.

Thank you and Good Luck!


Fadey said...

i want silverlight book :)

Mateusz Kierepka said...

Nice initiative. I want this book :)

J.A.M. said...

Hi, thanks for giving us the chance to get your book.

Please, check the silverlight form you have prepared because it doesn´t allow non-american keyboards to write the '@' of the mail addresses (Alt Gr + '2' combo for spanish keyboards).

Alvin Ashcraft said...

Hi Chad. I can't get the form to come up on that link. It's just a blank page.


Chad Campbell said...

Hi Alvin,

Thank you for your interest. I just received an email from someone that mentioned the page was blank for them when they used FireFox. However, it worked for them in Safari and IE.

Which browser are you using? It should not matter. However, it might be a bug in the current build of Silverlight 2.

Please let me know if you have problems using the form with another browser. I apologize for the inconvienance.

Chad Campbell said...

Hi j.a.m. I will see if I can fix the form to enable non-american keyboards.

Thank you for your interest!

DjP said...

The raffle is on my Birthday, so I'm hoping there's some extra luck on my side ;).


Michael Sync said...

Great! I'm currently reading your book. thanks. :)

Iftekhar Ahmed Amit - AMC Online. said...

I have won!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you very much, Chad Campbell.
This book will be very helpful for me & my developer friends.
Congratulations Amit - AMC!

You have won a free electronic copy of "Silverlight 2 in Action". Your name and email address have been forwarded to our marketing team. They will connect you with the content.

In addition, you had mentioned that you may have an interest in writing a review for the book. They may contact you in regards to writing such a review.

I hope you enjoy the material.

n: chad.campbell - microsoft mvp