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Pro .NET 2.0 Windows Forms and Custom Controls in C# 1st Corrected ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2005 Edition
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This book is a drill-down, no-holds-barred, VERY comprehensive look at programming advanced WinForms interfaces. It gives the full details on every control, complete with great advice for customizing and extending them. (Custom controls are a major theme in this book.) There's excellent content here that just can't be found in the MSDN, like tips for using layout engines, mixing web and windows contet, and multithreading an interface. This book was written with support from Microsoft's Windows Forms team, and it shows--the content on many subjects is several degrees more comprehensive that any I've seen before.
All in all, this is a stand-out choice for professional developers who already know .NET and C#.
Since noone else has provided a chapter listing, I will do so:
01. UI Architecture
02. Control Basics
04. Classic Controls
05. Images and Resources
06. Lists & Trees
07. Drawing with GDI+
08. Data Binding
09. Custom Controls Basics
10. User Controls
11. Derived Controls
12. Owner-Drawn Controls
13. Design-Time Support for Custom Controls
14. Tool, Menu, Status Strips
16. Sound & Video
17. WebBrowser control
18. Validation & Masked Editing
19. Multiple and Single Document Interfaces
21. Dynamic Interfaces
22. Help Systems
23. Skinned Forms & Animated Buttons
24. Dynaming Drawing with a Design Surface
25. Custom Extender Providers
26. Advanced Design-Time Support
If you do Windows server/client development in today's day and age and want to learn about all the new controls that are offered to programmers with .NET 2.0, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and start learning how to build forms and UI components faster than ever!!!
The code samples work well and are well organized.
It doesn't cover the smart client gamut, like data storage, communication, or architecture in context to smart client applications. Which is ok. No book currently out covers smart client properly, but windows forms are the front end to smart clients so it would have been nice to have them placed into the smart client context.
And just to clear up the review below. Turn to page 94 for all the classic common dialogs. Mathew didn't miss anything in this book. Relate to Windows Forms UI development.
He also emphasizes using proper UI architecture and getting business logic out of the UI and develops his samples accordingly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finished reading the book yet, but so far I am quite pleased with it.Published on April 14, 2009 by Andrew W. Voelkel
This product not only enables the reader an opportunity to really come to an understanding of Windows Forms GUI presentation but, also allows the reader to casually explore the... Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Robert D. Rush Jr.
This book has already paid for itself in just a couple of weeks -- due to the time saved in trying to find the information I need. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by recombinant
I needed this book for a training course on Windows development in .Net. It helped a great deal to have a good reference that was not the same as the book used in the course. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by David Steele Scott
I checked this book out online and only read chapter 20(multithreading). In this chapter the author does an excelent job progressively building your knowledge about .net Threading. Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by David S. Powell
I've read quite a few books on Windows Forms applications which include creating custom controls. There are some that are average and there are some that are very good. Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by C. VanDuin
Since the moment when I took this book in my hands and was able to make practice with the examples on this book, I was able to feel recognized the simplicity in the complexity of... Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Alberto Torres
This book was a great read and I found it extremely useful in learning many basic as well as many advanced topics that are essential in WinForms development.Published on November 9, 2006 by R. A. Santos