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WPF Programmer's Reference: Windows Presentation Foundation with C# 2010 and .NET 4 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) [Paperback]

Rod Stephens
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12 Mar 2010 0470477229 978-0470477229 1
Build effective user interfaces with Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is included with the Windows operating system and provides a programming model for building applications that provide a clear separation between the UI and business logic. Written by a leading expert on Microsoft graphics programming, this richly illustrated book provides an introduction to WPF development and explains fundamental WPF concepts. Packed with helpful examples, this reference progresses through a range of topics that gradually increase in their complexity. You’ll quickly start building applications while you learn how to use both Expression Blend and Visual Studio to build UIs. In addition, the book addresses the needs of programmer who write the code behind the UI and shows you how operations can be performed using both XAML and C#. Topics Covered: Overview of WPF WPF in Visual Studio Expression Blend Common Properties Content Controls Layout Controls User Interaction Controls Two–Dimensional Drawing Controls Properties Pens and Brushes Events and Code–Behind Resources Styles and Property Triggers Event Triggers and Animation Templates Themes and Skins Printing Data Binding Commanding Transformations and Effects Documents Navigation–Based Applications Three–Dimensional Drawing Silverlight Even if you only have a minimal amount of experience, by the end of the book, you will be able to build dynamic and responsive user interfaces with WPF.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470477229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470477229
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Go beyond what you thought possible in user interface development Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) enables you to build effective and unique graphical user interfaces. However, it takes a steep learning curve to master the exceptions and shortcuts that are built into WPF. This reference provides you with a solid foundation of fundamental WPF concepts so you can start building attractive, dynamic, and interactive applications quickly and easily. As the book progresses, topics gradually become more advanced, and you′ll discover how to use WPF to build applications that run in more environments, on more hardware, using more graphical tools, and providing a more engaging visual experience than is normally possible with Windows Forms. WPF Programmer′s Reference: Explains with full color code examples how code is connected to the user interface and shows how operations can be performed using both XAML and C# Features a series of essential appendices that summarize WPF syntax and concepts for easy reference Covers the latest release of WPF, along with Visual Studio® 2010, Expression Blend 3, and .NET 4 Shows how to position and arrange content, layout, interaction, and drawing controls; define their properties; and manipulate those properties to produce stunning visual effects Addresses event triggers and animation, templates, themes and skins, data binding, and transformations and effects Provides comparable Visual Basic versions of all code examples on the companion web site Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved. wrox.com Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you.

About the Author

Rod Stephens is a professional software developer who has built a wide variety of software and database applications in his career that spans two decades. He is the author of more than twenty books and 250 articles, and is a regular contributor to DevX.com (www.devx.com).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference 15 Mar 2011
By Håvard
It's not a book that covers all aspects of WPF, and it that sense some might argue that it's not a reference book.
For me, as a begginning WPF Developer it's the perfect book!

It doesn't develop an application as one follows the chapter. The examples are instead kept short, just hightlighting any current subject the author wishes to explain.
It doesn't cover code behind very much, the focus is mainly on xaml markup.
Since the "code coverage" is not as high as in other books, some advanced topics are left out.
That actually works to this book's advantage in many areas.
As a beginners's WPF book, and a xaml reference, I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be your first book on WPF ! 10 Jan 2011
Should be 6 stars, but I only can give 5.
I have read other books on the subject. This is the first one that makes me understand what WPF is all about.
Without ever losing the total picture, you get gentle guidance through often hard to understand topics as XAML, containers etc.
Also liked the attitude of the writer: He sums up the advantages, but also the disadvantages!
Great book to have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're serious about WPF, read this! 5 Sep 2010
I have purchased several WPF books, but this is the best written and easiest to understand I have read.

Even the most complext tasks are broken down into little pieces for easy digestion. Not too much technical information is given, but sufficient to know why you are doing a particular task.

If you are serious about WPF development, then this is the book for you.

Hope this helps,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Beginners 18 April 2012
By Kev
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When I started trying to use WPF it was hard going get straightforward information about how to use WPF. The videos on the Microsoft site are excellent but assume you already have some knowledge of WPF whilst the Microsoft technical articles are good but try to cover everything and can tend to be confusing. Rod Stephens' book is a good introduction to the subject. It gives simple examples and highlights the main points from the other detail. One section that was particularly useful is Chapter 4 Common Properties where he reviews the layout options and the effect they have on the result. Where I would have like more detail would have been in the use of SQL Server and binding. However, this is a minor issue and might be the subject of another book. There is an emphasis on XAML rather than code despite the book's title and might also be useful for programmers who use visual basic. The other misleading aspect of the title is its claim to be a 'Programmer's Reference'. There is a reference section at the back but it is selective rather than exhaustive.
In summary, this is a good book to get you started so that the reference material on the Microsoft web site starts to make sense and hang together. My recommendation is that this is a good, easy introduction to WPF but if you are going to be using WPF professional and heavily then Matthew MacDonald's 'Pro WPF in C# 2010' might be a better choice.
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