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WPF Recipes in C# 2008: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in .NET) 2009th Edition

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About the Author

Sam Bourton is a technologist with 9 years of commercial experience as a software designer and developer across a wide variety of industries including e-commerce, telephony, and Formula 1 racing. He has been using the .NET Framework since the very first beta, and .NET 3.0 and the Windows Presentation Foundation since the early community technology previews. He has a passion for design patterns, application architecture, and best-practice methodologies.

Allen Jones has more than 15 years of experience covering a wide range of information technology disciplines in a variety of sectors; however, his true passion has always been software development. Allen is chief architect at SmithBayes, a U.K.-based software firm that develops high-end strategic decision support software derived from technology used in Formula 1 motor racing.

Sam Noble is a computer science graduate turned software developer. At Reading University, he specialized in 3D graphics programming, artificial neural networks, and compiler design. Sam has 18 months of experience developing sophisticated strategic visualization tools using .NET 3.0 and Windows Presentation Foundation.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (September 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430210842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430210849
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Thomas Tomasko on October 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has what is very hard to find with such new material as WPF... good working examples. I truely believe the the chapter on user and owner controls more than pays for the book, although the book offers much more.
Apress rates this book Beginner-Intermediate. For me, I don't think I could have understood this book 6 months ago, but after working with WPF for about a year now I find it extremely easy to read and very informative.

I found direct answers to problems that I have had over my last 6 week project, and know that if this book was out last month I could have cut 2 weeks out of that project with ease.

Back to user controls (again, this is not the only good about the book... it just what I'm focusing on right now). The chapter offers not only good examples, but insight from the authors on how to make your new control work well with others that would want to restyle it. Another section shows you how to know if your in delevopment mode so as to change it's look when in Blend if required. All in all a pretty thourgh coverage.

One thing I'd like to say, as I think this might bug some people. There is a fair amount of duplicate code in the book, as there are times that the same code really does express more than one idea, and can be reused in other sections (or even the same section at times.)

I actually agree with the author's desision to duplicate the code instead of referencing me to other sections in the book. I can keep my train of thought where it should be, and don't have to keep flipping back a few chapters as in some other books. Even with the dupicate code, there are other functions added if appropriate.

Of the examples I have read, I find them to be concise, and to accurately portray the idea the authors are describing. They do not attempt to be more than they need to be, but are strong enough to cover more than the bare minimium.

Congratulations on a job well done.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Summer2015 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 24, 2008
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This very well written and organized book provides comprehensive coverage of WPF features. The authors get down to business right away, assuming that most readers already know basic WPF concepts such as Dependency Property, Attached Property, etc. because they don't waste time explaining many such building block concepts, and yet a few of the recipes are surprisingly beginner-ish material. Of the 200+ recipes, the ones that I thought gave me the most bang for my buck are those contained in Chapters 11 (Creating Animation), 7 (Working With Text, Documents, and Printing), 4 (Creating User and Custom Controls) and 5 (Data Binding), either because they covered materials not found many where else, or they clarified some concepts for me. For example, the Animation Recipes discussed concepts not even covered in the very well-received "Practical WPF Graphics Programming" book by Jack Xu. The recipes in Chapters 6 (Working With Styles, Templates, Skins and Themes), 8 (Multithreading), and 10 are good, and the remaining recipes in Chapters 1 (Building and Debugging WPF Applications), 2 (Working With Windows, Forms, and Layout Management), 3 (Using Standard Controls), 9 (Working With 2D Graphics), 12 (Dealing With Multimedia and User Input) and 13 (Migrating and Windows Forms Interoperability) cover materials easily found in other books. Another positive, however, is that some chapters contain bonus nuggets of information on things you can do to make your code play nicer with designer tools like Expression Blend. Overall, I think the authors did a great job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emddudley on March 28, 2010
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I have this book in addition to Pro WPF in C# 2008. I think the recipes in this book are too simple to be useful. Looking through it 90% of the tips are things that are easy to figure out on your own if you have a basic understanding of WPF. Whenever I have had a moderate to difficult problem I have not found a solution in this book. Most of the time I find better solutions faster using Google, Stack Overflow and MSDN.

If you already own a WPF book you are happy with, I would not recommend buying this one. You probably have a sufficient foundation with it to solve most of the problems in this book yourself.
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By Federico A. on August 9, 2011
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All recipes I've consulted so far (quite a few actually) go straight to the point. It's like they are so useful and concise that every time I need to look something up, the book doesn't get to stay in my hands for more than 5 minutes. I get back to code and everything works!. Just awesome.

A couple of good things to say:
- The recipes will help you write better WPF code by teaching you the most useful aspects and good practices on WPF.
- I guess that unless you are a real beginner in WPF, if you can't find the exact information you need in the book, you'll find something useful anyway for you to figure out the rest by yourself.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tor Thorbergsen on December 16, 2008
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Much like the old [...] Tips and Tricks book, this book gave me recepies for doing specific things.

It gets me over a lot of hurdles.
(I need to reread the contents section again every now and again so that I remember that there is solutions to these problems.)

Very practical.
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