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Windows Presentation Foundation is Microsoft’s API for creating Windows applications. It gives the programmer the ability to produce dazzling, graphics–rich programs easily without having to delve into the messy details of the graphics subsystem.

To use this power, however, the programmer must learn new concepts for laying out pages and displaying graphics. Illustrated WPF presents these concepts clearly and visually—making them easier to understand and retain.

What you’ll learn

  • The important concepts underlying programming in WPF, including the visual tree, the logical tree, dependency properties, and routed events.
  • The XAML markup language and how it is used to create and initialize objects in WPF. You’ll also learn how XAML and C# code work together to producing stunning programs.
  • How to lay out screens and graphics using WPF’s various panel types, and how to achieve a consistent visual appearance throughout a program, using resources, styles, and templates.
  • How to bind visual elements to data sources.
  • How to perform graphics transformations to produce eye–catching displays, and how to use animation to produce pages that are alive with action.
  • How to use the WPF document types for text layout and navigation.

Who this book is for

This book is for C# programmers wanting to learn to program Microsoft’s method of building stunning Windows programs—Windows Presentation Foundation. They could be web programmers familiar with ASP.NET or programmers coming from Windows Forms. This book is designed for those who want a concise, but thorough visual presentation of the platform. It is not for those who want a long, leisurely, verbose explanation of the platform.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction To Windows Presentation Foundation
  2. Overview Of WPF Programming
  3. WPF Architecture And Applications
  4. XAML
  5. Layout
  6. Content And Controls
  7. Dependency Properties
  8. Data Binding
  9. Routing Events And Commands
  10. Other Controls And Elements
  11. Resources
  12. Styles
  13. Control Templates
  14. Page Navigation Programs
  15. More Data Binding
  16. Trees, Tabs, And Other Controls
  17. Text And Documents
  18. Graphics In WPF
  19. Animation
  20. Audio And Video

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430219101
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/10/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Solis is a contract software engineer who has worked for a number of high-profile clients, including Microsoft Consulting Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and PeopleSoft. He has been programming and teaching object-oriented languages and development methods throughout the U.S. and Europe since the early days of C++. It was while teaching numerous seminars on various programming languages that he realized the immense power of diagrams in explaining programming language concepts.
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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    An excellent introduction to WPF

    In the description of the book the publishers claim:
    "This book is for C# programmers wanting to learn to program Microsoft's latest method of building stunning Windows programs-Windows Presentation Foundation."

    Having not used WPF myself I thought this book would be ideal and in many ways it is. But if you are looking for examples of stunning applications this book is not for you.

    In the introduction the author says "The purpose of this book is to teach you the fundamentals and mechanics of WPF programming as quickly and simply as possible" and he largely achieves his objective.

    The early chapters give an introduction, overview and description of the architecture of WPF and applications before, in chapter 4, discussing XAML.

    The chapters which follow cover layout, controls and their contents, dependency properties, data binding and events. The illustrations and examples are simple, clear and effective and the reader can progress steadily through the subject matter.

    By this time you are approximately half way through the book and the basics of WPF have been covered. And although it is getting rather tedious, used as a reference it is excellent. If you find the standard Microsoft technical documentation difficult and unhelpful then this book fills the void.

    All the program examples are available in a single zip file as a download from the Apress website and are easy to use being organised by chapter and page number. This means that you can easily try out the more complex examples in the second half of the book and concentrate on the concepts not the raw code.

    Overall this book is an excellent introduction to WPF for experienced .Net developers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Excellent Introduction to WPF - Highly Recommended

    The book gave a comprehensive introductin to WPF from which I could then easily understand and navigate more advanced WPF books. The book presented the key WPF concepts in a clear and concise way.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Good to begin

    I was looking for a book that would dive in deeper than just scratch the surface of WPF and this book wasn't the best fit. It is great if what you're looking for is understanding the different concepts quickly and with many examples. I thought that the programming examples were very basic therefore you would need an advanced book to get into more of the good stuff.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    As advertised - visual and concise

    If you are new to WPF, or as in my case, you'd gotten your feet wet but are having trouble grasping the basics, this book is a perfect first stop. Dan Solis uses his illustrations to give the reader a useful perspective into the inner workings of WPF, though a few of the illustrations felt like they were included as a matter of principal to fit the title. Before reading this book I found myself mired in various online examples and tutorials, typically written to achieve very specific goals. Though I ultimately found these useful (particularly when revisiting them after reading the corresponding sections of this book), they didn't improve my fundamental understanding of the technology. Illustrated WPF gave me that foundation.

    One aspect of the book I liked in particular is how the author used both XAML and imperative code to demonstrate how to use the technology - whereas online resources almost always only include the XAML. Though in practice you might rarely create WPF elements imperatively, this was extremely beneficial to me because it eliminated the "magic" of WPF.

    I would not consider this book the end-all learning material, but rather a first step. WPF has far more depth than what is covered in this book, but I would recommend anyone who is diving into this unique technology to do it with this book.

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