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WPF Programmer's Reference: Windows Presentation Foundation with C# 2010 and .NET 4 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 12 Mar 2010
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From the Back Cover
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.
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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).
Top customer reviews
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!
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,
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.
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!
I now look for books by this author first on IT subjects.
An example - there is a logical example of how to Bind a combo box and list box to a database table and include images in the combo box items. Nice and simple and easy to follow. There were not examples of this in any of the other books I purchased.
If you're already a programmer, need a quick ramp up into WPF and don't need a complete "dummies guide", this is the book for you.
My only slight criticism is that it's not a completely comprehensive reference, some newer WPF features are not present.