WPF in Action with Visual Studio 2008: Covers Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1! 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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The combination of WPF and Visual Studio 2008 represents the start of the next generation of Windows applications. Hand-coding XAML is fine if you're an early adopter, but to put WPF into production, you need to master the tools and application styles you'll use in your day job.
WPF In Action focuses on WPF development using Visual Studio 2008 and other available tools.. The book starts with thorough coverage of the basics-layouts, styles, resources, and themes. It then takes you through several real-world scenarios, exploring common challenges and application-types. You'll build several sample applications, ranging from a simple calculator to a typical line-of-business application. Along the way, you'll add graphical elements, animation, and support for printing, accessibility, and other standard functionality.
Written in a witty, engaging style, WPF In Action can be read cover-to-cover or used to reference specific problems and issues. The approach is practical and always focused on how you'll use WPF in real development scenarios. You'll learn how to handle the many new issues presented by the extreme flexibility of WPF. The authors also provide numerous tips and suggestions for how to work efficiently.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
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About the Author
Arlen Feldman specializes in meta-data driven applications, particularly focusing on usability issues. He was chief architect for the award-winning HEAT software product, and has been working with .NET since its earliest days. He worked with Microsoft on the direction of .NET, the C# language and Visual Studio as a member of the C# customer advisory group. Arlen is the author of ADO.NET Programming (Manning, 2003), and is the Chief Architect for Cherwell Software.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B09781XY4P
- Publisher : Manning; 1st edition (October 31, 2008)
- Publication date : October 31, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 18888 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 650 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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If you're new to WPF this is your starting point.
I bought this one, the unleashed, and the pro C# wpf books about the same time. I used this one the least. I ended up using the unleashed to get started, then switching to the pro book for more insight.
While I felt that I gave this one a fair chance, it never seemed to bond with me and the writing did not click with me.
What I wanted from this book is a tutorial on how to build some wpf apps in vs2008. I did not get that.
No wonder Amazon is selling them for pennies.
This is the worse "In Action" book i have read to far.
The two extremes of technology books are the densely-typed reference works that make your eyes tear over and the happy-chatty books that try too hard to convince you that you are having a good time. WPF in Action steers carefully between these extremes by providing a deep understanding of the WPF technology through what are basically step-by-step tutorials that build upon each other.
WPF is a mind-bending technology that seems to defy many of the rules we are used to in the WinForm and WebForm world. This means that understanding it can only come through actual hands on coding. WPF in Action facilitates this process and leads us through the mind-set change required to truly grasp WPF.
This is an excellent work, especially when complemented with something like Matthew MacDonald's Pro WPF in C#, which is much longer on the details but shorter on practicums.
After several requests from users on their online forum they did post the source code on their website, however the code you'll get by following along in the book varies considerably from this.
I really wanted to like this book, there aren't a lot of other titles available for this relatively new topic, but I've spent too many frustrating hours trying to follow the book from the middle chapters on and getting the code to work. ( As other users on their forum pointed out, when you're trying to learn a new subject the step-by-step approach is better than simply copying and pasting code.)