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WPF Programmer's Reference: Windows Presentation Foundation with C# 2010 and .NET 4 Paperback – March 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470477229 ISBN-10: 0470477229 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470477229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470477229
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,115 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.

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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).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Duncan on May 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to begin by discussing the readability of this book. This is the first full color programming reference book I have read. As WPF is focused on user interface development, the full color print was certainly the right choice. Of course, this required a different grade of paper than I've experienced in other books and initially when I began reading the book, I found myself often double checking that I had not flipped two pages instead of one. After a couple of chapters, I was used to the phenomenon and no longer felt the need to double check the page number often.

The chapters are short, averaging 20 pages, but cover each titled topic. This made for easy reading as I could choose to read one, two or even more chapters depending upon how much time I had available. With many other professional books I have read, the chapters are usually much longer and I often had to stop reading in the middle of a chapter, losing any context, which meant backtracking a few pages when I had the chance to resume reading.

While the chapters cover a lot of material, many seemed to lack the in depth detail I've come to expect from professional reference books. Initially, I was disappointed, particularly in topics I wanted to learn more about and prompted my interest in this book in the first place. However, I soon realized that the chapters were providing me the basic conceptual knowledge and the correct terminology.

And then I discovered the appendices, all sixteen of them. For these alone, this book will remain within reach from or on my desk as long as I am developing applications using WPF.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vanderghast on April 20, 2010
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The author words: "I don't want to receive a bunch of flaming e-mails complaining that some of the material is too basic, so I am warning you right now!" describe my overall feeling about this book, it is just too basic... and too superficial. As example: only 17 pages to cover layout, that is: Canvas, DockPanel, Expander, Grid, ScrollViewer, StackPanel, StatusBar, TabControl, ToolBar, ViewBox and more... No much depth anywhere.

While it claims to cover both VbNet and C#, that is done mostly by using almost exclusively XAML, in fact, and the examples are isolated examples of XAML, not complete project, so while it MAY be relevant to the illustrated point, I am not sure that someone NOT knowing anything about WPF could easily get a working, hand on, experience from this book, and would be rather left with the question: where do I really start? Why things do not work for me? Sure, the reader may acquire some theorical knowledge of the UI parts, isolated, ... but missing a lot of integration between the various parts, and practical work with XAML, that is very unlikely to help in the end, imho, *even* for very experienced 'code monkeys' (experts in cut and paste code for external source).

Given that the book can hardly be used as a reference one, in the long run, since it is far too basic, and without 'experience of life', I have a problem to identify the targetted audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Waldin on July 19, 2010
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I'm a VB coder and lack any C# background. I was reluctant to buy this book because of that. However, this book greatly exceeded my expectations. This is a reference book and as such the content and examples are written in a manner to expose the fundamentals of WPF development. The color text makes reading and understanding the XAML a breeze. Rod has really gone to great lengths to include every related WPF topic. I recommend this book for beginner and intermediate developers who need a good WPF reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a_guy_in_boston on December 24, 2011
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I found this to be a tremendously useful and well-written introduction to WPF, with many good code examples and thoughtful organization of the content. The use of full color was really helpful. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is approaching WPF, especially first-time learners.
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It is a good book about WPF programming reference.....It is a full color book to help me to understand WPF. The code examples and thoughtful organization of the content is great !
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If you want to know if you should purchase this book I will explain who this is for and who this is not for.

First the Review part: In trying to figure out a good WPF book I purchased a WPF4 book from the "Unleashed" series version first. I live close to a B&N so I drove down there and they both looked OK so I went with the cheaper of the two. It was horrid!!! Keep in mind I am coming from the side of a c# programmer. I am not interested in the XNA side of things. And the "unleashed" press version totally stuck to XNA, which in my opinions is totally pointless for everyone even if your are only a GUI designer because that is completely automated by visual studio! This WROX version of the book just touches on the XNA by listing out all the options which I think is great! It still gives some XNA examples which isn't totally pointless because C# or XNA wise you need to at least see a list of the available settings. But it has it all in c# as well. Also, it's a MUCH BETTER balance of visual and coding examples. Which is usally my gripe about WROX. To me, I feel like they usually pack in sooo many topics that they only touch on a few examples and leave me wanting for more. But this was just to my taste. And, in my bitter cynical whiny opinion, even if the Unleashed version had more c# it was still very spotty in is coverage and the flow was pretty bad.

Who is if for part: So if you are a programmer that knows c# then I would say go with this. You must already know c# or have a good c# reference or you need to be familiar with visual studio and have a c# programmer. If you are just the GUI designer then you should be comfortable using the tools list and the properties list in visual studio, but you wont get any action unless and you have someone coding for you.
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More About the Author

Rod Stephens started out as a mathematician, but while studying at MIT, he discovered how much fun algorithms are. He took every algorithms course MIT offered and has been writing complex algorithms ever since.

During his career, Rod has worked on an eclectic assortment of applications in such fields as telephone switching, billing, repair dispatching, tax processing, wastewater treatment, concert ticket sales, cartography, and training for professional football players.

Rod is a Microsoft Visual Basic Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and has taught introductory programming at ITT Technical Institute. He has written more than 2 dozen books that have been translated into languages from all over the world. He has also written more than 250 magazine articles covering C#, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java. (At one time, Rod was writing magazine columns in Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, and Java all at the same time. Far too confusing!)

Rod's popular VB Helper web site (www.vb-helper.com) receives several million hits per month and contains tips, tricks, and example programs for Visual Basic programmers. His C# Helper web site (www.csharphelper.com) contains similar material for C# programmers.

You can contact Rod at RodStephens@vb-helper.com or RodStephens@csharphelper.com.

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