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Pro .Net 2.0 Windows Forms and Custom Controls in C#: From Professional to Expert (Expert's Voice in .NET) Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.
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This book is comprehensive and covers all the topics I'd expect to find in a windows forms and custom controls book. The code examples are clear and sufficiently detailed to convey the necessary information and Matthew avoids adding distracting frills. More reviews for this book are available on the USA Amazon web site and most are very positive. My only complaint is that, as with many computer books, it's too thick and heavy.
NB Some of the details listed above by amazon.co.uk are a little confusing, for example, the book is copyright 2006, not 2004 and therefore, I decided to play safe and buy this book elsewhere.
I've found it invaluable and would highly recommend it to others.
The code is not highlighted and just appears to blend with the text on the page. There is also a problem with the way information is organised in each chapter, a bit messy if you are used to Wrox layouts.
Can't fault the content though.
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Allot of, what is known as, .Net 2.0 WinForms is carry over to .Net 3.0 & 3.5 and in such this book has yet to become dated. This reason alone is why I decided to purchase Pro .Net Windows Forms... by Apress. I managed to get much more out of this book than what I was expecting and I cannot say that I am unhappy about the fact.
The Mono Framework for Linux and Unix systems almost completely facilitates everything compliant to the .Net Framework 2.0 now so, this book will only serve you well as .Net 2.0 conformant applications developed on Windows will now run right out of the box on Linux against the Mono Framework.
This item is bar none the best literature that I have seen on this topic yet outside of MSDN. I have yet to peruse any Microsoft Press publications on this subject but, that would be my only other suggestion aside from this document and MSDN.
WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) is coming along nicely but, it is not ready for the hobbiest or casual programmer. Understanding that Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation technologies will be merged indicates that the benefits of understanding good ol' WinForms GUI layout and design procedures are paramount to successfully designing a competent, graphically presented application system.
On the merits of this text, I've already purchased Matthew MacDonald's WPF book (the 3.0 one, since I haven't *quite* moved to VS 2008 yet...).
The examples are clear and very well done, impeccables and flawless a good thing for the newbie and the old programmer.
I am enjoying the controls that allow me to click on them and assign my own properties.
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