- Series: Unleashed
- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (June 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672331195
- ISBN-13: 978-0672331190
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The #1 WPF Book--Now Updated for WPF 4! Full Color: Code samples appear as they do in Visual Studio! Thorough, authoritative coverage, practical examples, clear writing, and full-color presentation make this one of the most widely acclaimed programming books of the last decade. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is the recommended technology for creating Windows user interfaces, giving you the power to create richer and more compelling applications than you dreamed possible. Whether you want to develop traditional user interfaces or integrate 3D graphics, audio/video, animation, dynamic skinning, multi-touch, rich document support, speech recognition, or more, WPF enables you to do so in a seamless, resolution-independent manner. "WPF 4 Unleashed" is the authoritative book that covers it all, in a practical and approachable fashion, authored by WPF guru and Microsoft developer Adam Nathan.
- Covers everything you need to know about Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)
- Examines the WPF feature areas in incredible depth: controls, layout, resources, data binding, styling, graphics, animation, and more
- Highlights the latest features, such as multi-touch, text rendering improvements, XAML language enhancements, new controls, the Visual State Manager, easing functions, and much more
- Delves into topics that aren't covered by most books: 3D, speech, audio/video, documents, effects
- Shows how to create popular UI elements, such as Galleries, ScreenTips, and more
- Demonstrates how to create sophisticated UI mechanisms, such as Visual Studio-like collapsible/dockable panes
- Explains how to create first-class custom controls for WPF
- Demonstrates how to create hybrid WPF software that leverages Windows Forms, DirectX, ActiveX, or other non-WPF technologies
- Explains how to exploit new Windows 7 features, such as Jump Lists and taskbar customizations
About the Author
Adam Nathan is a principal software development engineer for Microsoft Visual Studio, the latest version of which has been transformed into a first-class WPF application. Adam was previously the founding developer and architect for Popfly, Microsoft’s first product built on Silverlight, named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2007 by PCWorld Magazine. Having started his career on Microsoft’s Common Language Runtime team, Adam has been at the core of .NET and WPF technologies since the very beginning.
Adam’s books have been considered required reading by many inside Microsoft and throughout the industry. He is the author of the best-selling WPF Unleashed (Sams, 2006) that was nominated for a 2008 Jolt Award, Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (Sams, 2008), and .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide (Sams, 2002); a coauthor of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams, 2001); and a contributor to books including .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 2 (Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Windows Developer Power Tools (O’Reilly, 2006). Adam is also the creator of PINVOKE.NET and its Visual Studio add-in. You can find him online at www.adamnathan.net, or @adamnathan on Twitter.
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XAML for scren definition
Code-behind for dynamic or code level behavior.
While this book gives a good intro to using XAML to create WPF GUIs it is fairly light on code behind coding.
I used this and WPF in 24 hours to get started. It has a better focus on code-behind, but is pretty lightweight.
I am now using Pro WPF in C# 2010 as my reference. This is a joy to read, although early days.
To get started on WPF, I recommend working from a Microsoft tutorial on the web.
The illusrtations were good and it was helpful being able to see what was rendered rather than just imagine it, or have to get the source from a CD. That being said, buy the physical book, not the Kindle version. The Kindle book was organized into positions instead of pages so it was hard to tell how much progress I was making through the book. Also, occasionally the graphics, in this case code snippets and XAML in color and illustrations were broken or missing.
The book makes good use of color making it a more enjoyable read. I was satisfied with the comprehensiveness of coverage and technical depth. However, I'll need to spend more time working through additional examples before I will feel confident with the technology.
It is probably best to read through the chapters sticking to the main body and ignoring the side notes and tips on the first pass. This will help you get the big picture without getting lost in the details.
Overall, I thought the book is well written and would recommend it.
I've purchased the older edition of this book, as well as this newer edition. This is probably not the easiest WPF book to read on the market right now. The first 2 chapters will either bore you or scare you. The author goes into great length about demystifying XAML, routed events, etc. These are things, that if you know nothing about WPF, will almost put you to sleep. Best skip to Chapter 3 and read the Fundamentals of WPF and once you have enough familiarity with WPF, go back and read Chapters 1 and 2.
The rest of the book does a fairly good job at presenting WPF-related topics. But this book is not very focused as it tries to show you a little bit of everything about WPF which can be both good and bad depending on what you are looking for. So, if you are an enterprise developer with a deadline, this will be a good introductory book, but you'll want to find another book written specifically for enterprise development with WPF.
Overall, I would recommend this book to the would-be WPF developer if you are looking for an introductory book about WPF and to get yourself to start thinking outside of the WinForms mindset [box].