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Pro WPF in VB 2010 1st ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1430272403
ISBN-10: 1430272406
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About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430272406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430272403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are only a few books written for VB programmers that genuinely cover their intended topic areas without assuming the reader is an idiot. This book is one of them. It serves as a great introduction for those without prior experience in WPF. Covering a bunch of different aspects of WPF, Matthew MacDonald examines the basics of each area thoroughly and provides URLs (or book suggestions) that examine the area more in depth. At 1095 pages long (not including the ToC or the index), not a single page is wasted with useless drivel or off topic musings. The author provides a firm foundation for each topic, and relates them to real-world examples or scenarios, showing you practical applications for what you just learned. Those who have had prior experience with WPF are not left out in the cold: the changes for latest version of WPF are clearly outlined at the beginning of each chapter. All in all a great book and a must-read for anyone interested in getting the most out of WPF with Visual Basic. The only gripe I have is that there is no CD included with the examples. I miss the days when books came with CDs which included source code and other tools/resources. I realize the internet is a much more efficient distribution medium, but including a CD would save me the time of having to go find the necessary downloads.
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One of the few dotNet books these days with both a C# and VB version - which is nice to see especially on an important subject like WPF. I bought the dotNet 3 version before this but decided to get the update just so I would have a single source with current information and (if I'm remembering correctly) an additional 100 plus pages.

MacDonald writes in a very readable fashion and does a good job of comparing the WPF way with the WinForms way which is the source of much frustration for developers asking 'Why can't I just do even simple things the way I'm used to?' (well, okay, THIS developer keeps asking that!) It really targets, I think, people who are experienced programmers who want a solid introduction to the sometimes very different nuts and bolts of WPF.

The other thing he does is explain the 'why' of WPF and successfully instills the reader with his enthusiasm for the new technology. This is certainly the book that convinced me that all new development should be done with WPF.

Highly recommended.
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This a really good book for the ins and outs of WPF technology. Even better that the author and publisher cared enough for VB programmers to come out with a VB centered edition -- they are about the only ones that do. The only thing is, that any discussion of WPF without including the MVVM design pattern is woefully inadequate.
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Excellent book. This is my 2nd read of Mr. MacDonald's and it is a must have for those vb.net programmers just getting started in WPF. It is also an excellent reference for people who have already done some WPF programming.
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