Rob Eisenberg is vice president and cofounder of Blue Spire Consulting, Inc. (www.bluespire.com). He is a frequent blogger in the Devlicio.us (www.devlicio.us) blogging community and speaks at various community events on the subjects of WPF, Agile, and TDD. His career began in music composition, which very naturally led him into interactive media. He was drawn to the .NET Framework by the persistent recommendations of his present business partner and soon after discovered WPF. Rob has been working with WPF since the prebeta days and was among the top 20 finalists in Microsoft’s Code Master Challenge in 2006. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and teaching drums, making artisan cheese, reading, and swing dancing with his lovely wife, Anna.
Christopher Bennage is the president and cofounder of Blue Spire Consulting, Inc., a Florida-based software consulting firm specializing in .NET technologies and emphasizing personal interactions with the customer. Christopher began programming on his Texas Instrument in elementary school but fell in love with computers with the advent of the Commodore Amiga. His career has brought him through various technologies beginning with Lotus Notes, VBA, and classic ASP before eventually landing him in the marvelous world of C# and the .NET Framework. His early interest in Flash, rich user experiences, and usability led him to be an early adopter of both WPF and Silverlight. Christopher embraces the values of the Agile Software Manifesto and has been heavily influenced by Extreme Programming, Domain Driven Design, and other related practices. In his free time, Christopher is usually very distracted by a dozen different, competing creative ideas. Aside from that he can sometimes be found playing Frisbee golf, guitar, or video games. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Sandra, and their two children, Adah and Ranen (soon to be three children).
Windows Presentation Foundation, or WPF, is Microsoft's latest framework for building sophisticated and rich user interfaces for desktop applications. WPF differs significantly from its predecessor, and yet draws on many of the concepts found existing in frameworks for both desktops and the web.
WPF enables developers to easily and quickly handle tasks that were either very difficult or impossible to accomplish in previous frameworks.
This book is intended for those who have at least some experience with general .NET development. If you have worked with WinForms or ASP.NET, you should feel comfortable with this book. The code examples provided are written in C#, but we've been careful to keep them readable for those whose primary language is Visual Basic.
Because WPF is both a broad and a deep topic, it can easily become overwhelming. Our approach in this book is to stay broad. We cover the essential concepts of the framework. Our goal is for you to feel confident building a WPF application when you are done with the book, as well as equipping you to dig deeper into any areas of the framework that interest you.
The book is organized into five parts. In each of the first four parts, we build a sample application that demonstrates the features of WPF covered in that part. Although the applications are simplified, they are designed to reflect real-world scenarios that you are likely to encounter. Each of the parts builds on its predecessor, and we recommend reading them in order. Part V concludes with information designed to help you move forward after the book.
Part I, "Getting Started"We build a utility for browsing the fonts installed on your system. You'll learn about the new markup language XAML that is an integral part of WPF. We also introduce you to most of the basic controls, including those that handle layout. You'll also learn about basic data binding in WPF.
Part II, "Reaching the User"You'll create your own rich text editor. You'll learn about the powerful new event and command systems. We also introduce you to a few more controls and show you how you can deploy your WPF applications. You also discover how to print from WPF.
Part III, "Visualizing Data"This part teaches you how to style an application, as well as how to use WPF's powerful graphics capabilities for visualizing the data in your applications. We also dig further into data binding and show you some options for architecting your WPF applications.
Part IV, "Creating Rich Experiences"You'll learn how to easily embed media in your applications. You'll see how WPF's drawing and templating APIs make it easy to create unique and visually attractive interfaces. You'll also get started with animation.
Part V, "Appendices"This includes a brief introduction to 3D and a list of tools, frameworks, and other resources that aid in WPF development.
Throughout the book, we use code-continuation characters: When a line of code is too long to fit on the printed page, we wrap it to the next line and precede it with a code-continuation character, like this:
public object ConvertBack(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture)
Learning WPF is really a lot of fun. We've discovered a new joy in building user interfaces since we've begun using this technology. We believe that you'll have the same experience working through this book. Although it may take some time to become a master of WPF, it's actually quite easy to get up and running quickly. By the time you are done here, you'll be ready to start using WPF on your next project.
Now, let's get started!
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I've been programming for many years and I've gotten started with several other languages using other Sam's "teach yourself" books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WWR
I was brand new to WPF when I got that book. Just like other "Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours" books, I think it did a great job introducing me to the subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by URI
Finally, a useful book for someone brand new to WPF. There are lots of good WPF books out there, but they seem to want to dive to 20,000 feet before you even know where your mask... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob M.
Book uses not last .Net framework and Visual Studio.
But all lessons are clear and you can easily know WPF basics. It is goo point to start your journey with WPF.
A great hands on intro to WPF. Guides you thru an actual programming example. In this case a contact manager program. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rob
Really, really a good book. Easy to read and well laid out. A little dated but even if you bought a book for the most current release of software it would be out of date in a few... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jim White, Statesville, NC
I started with my first SAMs "Teach Yourself..." book a number of years ago and ever since have turn to them when I want to get a jump start on a particular technology. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SteveK
Not exactly for the newbie as it assumes some familiarity with the terminology, but it will do. Easy to follow and layout is great.Published 20 months ago by J.A. Hernandez
What else can one say.
Is pre V4.0, so not relevant.
I only saw one place in the book where the version is actually stated. Read more