Overview

.NET 3.5 will help you create better Windows applications, build Web Services that are more powerful, implement new Workflow projects and dramatically enhance the user's experience. But it does so with what appears to be a collection of disparate technologies. In Programming .NET 3.5, bestselling author Jesse Liberty and industry expert Alex Horovitz uncover the common threads that unite the .NET 3.5 technologies, so you can benefit from the ...

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Programming .NET 3.5

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Overview

.NET 3.5 will help you create better Windows applications, build Web Services that are more powerful, implement new Workflow projects and dramatically enhance the user's experience. But it does so with what appears to be a collection of disparate technologies. In Programming .NET 3.5, bestselling author Jesse Liberty and industry expert Alex Horovitz uncover the common threads that unite the .NET 3.5 technologies, so you can benefit from the best practices and architectural patterns baked into this newest generation of Microsoft frameworks.

While single-topic .NET 3.5 books delve into Windows Presentation Foundation and the other frameworks in greater detail, Programming .NET 3.5 offers a "Grand Tour" of the release that describes how the four principal technologies can be used together, with Ajax, to build modern n-tier and service-oriented applications. Developers have struggled to implement these patterns with previous versions of the .NET Framework, but this hands-on guide uses real-world examples and fully annotated source code to demonstrate how .NET 3.5 can make it easy.

The concepts and technologies that this book covers include:

  • XAML -- Microsoft's new XML-based markup language for UI, used with WPF
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) -- a new presentation framework and graphics subsystem for Windows that puts Vista-like effect in your grasp
  • Ajax
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) - a new standards-based framework that enables applications to communicate across a network using a variety of protocols
  • Workflow Foundation (WF) -- framework for defining, executing, and managing workflows
  • CardSpace -- framework for managing the identities of your users

You'll learn how to use each of the four frameworks alone and in concert to build a series of meaningful example applications. Examples are written in C#, and all of the source code will be available for download at both the O'Reilly and the authors' site, which offers access to a free support forum.

Between them, authors Jesse Liberty and Alex Horovitz have nearly forty years of experience in delivering commercial applications for companies such as Citibank, Apple, AT&T, NeXt, PBS, Ziff Davis, and dozens of smaller organizations. Their combined experience is valuable for telling the story of .NET 3.5 and how it will shorten the development life cycle for applications developers, and enhance your productivity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596551414
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Jesse Liberty is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in the Silverlight Development Division where his business card reads "Silverlight Geek," and he is responsible for fostering a Silverlight Developer community, primarily through Silverlight.net.

Jesse is the author of numerous books, including O'Reilly Media's Programming Silverlight 2 and the perennial best-seller Programming C# 3.0. Jesse has two decades experience as a developer, author and consultant and has been a Distinguished Software Engineer at AT&T; Software Architect for PBS/Learning Link; and Vice President at Citibank. He provides full support for his writing, and access to his blogs, at JesseLiberty.com.

Alex Horovitz is Sr. Director of Enterprise Architecture & Standards at K12, Inc. where he develops enterprise applications leveraging the Model-View-Controller design pattern and re-usable Frameworks. During the 1990s he worked at both NeXT Computer and later at Apple.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Presentation Options

1 .NET 3.5: A Better Framework for Building MVC, N-Tier, and SOA Applications 3

2 Introducing XAML: A Declarative Way to Create Windows UIs 7

3 Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation: A Richer Desktop UI Experience 45

4 Applying WPF: Building a Biz App 89

5 Introducing AJAX: Moving Desktop UIs to the Web 137

6 Applying AJAX: ListMania 161

7 Introducing Silverlight: A Richer Web UI Platform 195

Pt. II Interlude on Design Patterns

8 Implementing Design Patterns with .NET 3.5 227

Pt. III The Business Layer

9 Understanding LINQ: Queries As First-Class Language Constructs 283

10 Introducing Windows Communication Foundation: Accessible Service-Oriented Architecture 327

11 Applying WCF: YahooQuotes 346

12 Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation 365

13 Applying WF: Building a State Machine 386

14 Using and Applying CardSpace: A New Scheme for Establishing Identity 408

Epilogue 437

Index 439

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