Programming Windows Presentation Foundation

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Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (formerly known by its code name "Avalon") is a brand-new presentation framework for Windows XP and Windows Vista, the next version of the Windows client operating system. For developers, WPF is a cornucopia of new technologies, including a new graphics engine that supports 3-D graphics, animation, and more; an XML-based markup language (XAML) for declaring the structure of your Windows UI; and a radical new model for controls.

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Overview

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (formerly known by its code name "Avalon") is a brand-new presentation framework for Windows XP and Windows Vista, the next version of the Windows client operating system. For developers, WPF is a cornucopia of new technologies, including a new graphics engine that supports 3-D graphics, animation, and more; an XML-based markup language (XAML) for declaring the structure of your Windows UI; and a radical new model for controls.

Programming Windows Presentation Foundation, authored by Microsoft Software Legend Chris Sells and WPF guru Ian Griffiths, is the book you need to get up to speed on WPF. By page two, you'll have written your first WPF application, and by the end of Chapter 1, "Hello WPF," you'll have completed a rapid tour of the framework and its major elements. These include the XAML markup language and the mapping of XAML markup to WinFX code; the WPF content model; layout; controls, styles, and templates; graphics and animation; and, finally, deployment.

Programming Windows Presentation Foundation features:

  • Scores of C# and XAML examples that show you what it takes to get a WPF application up and running, from a simple "Hello, Avalon" program to a tic-tac-toe game
  • Insightful discussions of the powerful new programming styles that WPF brings to Windows development, especially its new model for controls
  • A color insert to better illustrate WPF support for 3-D, color, and other graphics effects
  • A tutorial on XAML, the new HTML-like markup language for declaring Windows UI
  • An explanation and comparison of the features that support interoperability with Windows Forms and other Windows legacy applications

The next generation of Windows applications is going to blaze a trail into the unknown. WPF represents the best of the control-based Windows world and the content-based web world; it's an engine just itching to be taken for a spin. Inside, you'll find the keys to the ignition.

Updated samples and change notes for the move from the February CTP to Beta 2 are now available from the example site: http://www.sellsbrothers.com/writing/​avbook/

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101138
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Sells is a Program Manager for the Connected Systems Division. He's written several books, including Programming Avalon, Windows Forms Programming in C# and ATL Internals. In his free time, Chris hosts various conferences and makes a pest of himself on Microsoft internal product team discussion lists. More information about Chris, and his various projects, is available at http://www.sellsbrothers.com

Ian Griffiths is an independent consultant, developer, speaker, and author. He has written books on the Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms, and Visual Studio. He lives in London but can often be found on various developer mailing lists and newsgroups, where a popular sport is to see who can get him to write the longest email in reply to the shortest possible question. More information about what Ian is up to can be found on his blog at http://www.interact-sw.co.uk/iangblog/

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Table of Contents

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Preface

Chapter 1: Hello, WPF

Chapter 2: Layout

Chapter 3: Controls

Chapter 4: Data Binding

Chapter 5: Styles and Control Templates

Chapter 6: Resources

Chapter 7: Graphics

Chapter 8: Animation

Chapter 9: Custom Controls

Chapter 10: ClickOnce Deployment

Appendix A: XAML

Appendix B: Interoperability

Appendix C: Asynchronous and Multithreaded Programming in WPF Applications

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a developer? Well, you're in luck! Authors Chris Sells and Ian Griffiths, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you get your job done. Sells and Griffiths, begin by introducing the basics of WPF. Next, the authors show you how to use the layout toolkit, and how to extend it. Then, they describe the controls built into the WPF framework and show you how to make your application respond when the user interacts with controls. The authors continue by showing you how to use WPF's data-binding features to connect the user interface to your underlying data. In addition, the authors next examine the customization facilities and show you how the styling and template mechanisms allow you to wield this power without compromising the consistency of your application's appearance. They also describe WPF's resource-handling mechanisms, which are used for managing styles, themes, and binary resources such as graphics. Then, the authors discuss WPF's powerful set of drawing primitives. They continue by describing WPF's animation facilities, which allow most visible aspects of a user interface (such as size, shape, color, and position) to be animated. In addition, the authors next show you how to write custom controls and other custom element types. Finally, they describe how ClickOnce allows applications to take full advantage of WPF's rich visual and interactive functionality while enjoying the benefits of web deployment. The good thing about this excellent book is that it will get you up to speed on WPF. Needless to say, WPF (as is discussed in this book) represents the best of the control-based Windows world and the content-based web world.

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