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Awesome (but it is an overview)
on July 7, 2012
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.