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Applications = Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft® Windows® Presentation Foundation (Pro - Developer) Hardcover – 16 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (16 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735619573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735619579
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles Petzold has been writing about programming for Windows-based operating systems for 24 years. A Microsoft MVP for Client Application Development and a Windows Pioneer Award winner, Petzold is author of the classic Programming Windows, currently in its fifth edition and one of the best-known programming books of all time; the widely acclaimed Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software; and more than a dozen other books.


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By jo0ls on 23 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's a good book. You need to sit at your computer and work through all the examples to get the most from it. I wouldn't have been able to stay awake just reading about the WPF anyway.
You can download the code to save you typing it. I prefer typing it out anyway as it helps me to learn. I didn't notice the lack of screenshots as I was running the samples.
It's well written, there aren't many mistakes (see the errata), it introduces new concepts slowly and it covers a lot of ground.
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This book is a long and thorough tutorial in WPF that starts right at the most basic level and adds complexity at a manageable pace. It is not optimised as a reference.

I spent my first couple of weeks trying to learn WPF by dipping in to online sources and various printed books that my new employer had. This was very frustrating because, contrary to my expectations, WPF was not just another windowing GUI. It has several complex, powerful and interacting features that make it conceptually different from the other GUI toolkits I'd worked with. Fortunately I found this book and two weeks later I am enormously more confident with WPF.

I have read criticism about lack of screenshots in this book. I can only assume that the critics have tried to use it as a cookbook. If you type in the examples or download and run the code from Petzold's website then you'll see all the pretty sample apps that you could want. Working on Vista, buttons and trees look different from how they were described in the book (which I assume was written using XP) but this caused no problems.

This book gets 4 stars rather than 5 because I found a few minor errors that don't appear in the only errata list I can find (on Petzold's own website), which has not been updated since '06. I got no reply to an email about this.

I thoroughly recommend "Applications = Code + Markup" to anyone starting to learn WPF who has the patience to work through this very long lesson.
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There are no pictures in this book and - don't be put off - that's a good thing.

If you need to see what's going on then you need to get up and sit at the computer for a while. You can download the code so save a lot of typing, and I found this to be a great way to learn. I sat at the computer when I reached what I thought was a significant milestone in my understanding.

You are paying for every page and these pages are packed with good quality instruction.

It is the sort of book that you can sit down and read, and Charles is a good writer.

My background involves some work a long time ago in Windows 3.1. Life is much, much easier in WPF and Charles does a good job getting you up to speed.

I've been working with Visual Studio 2010 and it works just fine.

Highly recommended.

[Updated: Should have been Charles, not Robert - don't know why I did that!]
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The lack of screenshots is challenging. If code "looks" like it might do what's required I have to type it out - this makes for a lot of typing when an example from the book doesn't quite fit the bill. Makes me think of the UNIX command-line junkies of the 90's - everything's got to be written out by hand to see what it'll do on the screen.

The book lacks practical examples such side-by-side code/XAML comparisons and how they'd work together to, say, load a .jpg from the file system or a web service for use as a tiling brush.

It's probably quite useful to propeller-heads that like theoretical breadth rather than practical application.
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Buy this book if you want a deep and full understanding of WPF and how it works. If you are ready to follow a long tutorial, and at the end, know and understand many, many things about WPF. This is not a beginner book, as the title says (pro-developer).
This book is written in "petzold style", that is, short samples, and lots of explanations. Charles Petzold is a great author of Windows programming books for 20 years.
Don't buy this book if you want to quickly "teach yourself WPF in 24 hours", if you want a colorfull book, or if you just want an introduction to WPF that let you create small programs. This book is far more than that.
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