Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5 by Matthew MacDonaldPro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5 by Matthew MacDonald

Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5

byMatthew MacDonald

Paperback | May 30, 2008

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When .NET first appeared, it introduced a small avalanche of new technologies. There was a whole new way to write web applications (ASP.NET), a whole new way to connect to databases (ADO.NET), new typesafe languages (C# and VB .NET), and a managed runtime (the CLR). Not least among these new technologies was Windows Forms, a library of classes for building W- dows applications. Although Windows Forms is a mature and full-featured toolkit, it's hardwired to essential bits of Windows plumbing that haven't changed much in the past ten years. Most significantly, Windows Forms relies on the Windows API to create the visual appearance of standard user interface elements such as buttons, text boxes, check boxes, and so on. As a result, these ing- dients are essentially uncustomizable. For example, if you want to create a stylish glow button you need to create a custom c- trol and paint every aspect of the button (in all its different states) using a lower-level drawing model. Even worse, ordinary windows are carved up into distinct regions, with each control getting its own piece of real estate. As a result, there's no good way for the painting in one c- trol (for example, the glow effect behind a button) to spread into the area owned by another control. And don't even think about introducing animated effects such as spinning text, sh- mering buttons, shrinking windows, or live previews because you'll have to paint every detail by hand.
Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.
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Title:Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5Format:PaperbackDimensions:1040 pages, 23.5 × 17.8 × 0.01 inPublished:May 30, 2008Publisher:APRESS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590599551

ISBN - 13:9781590599556

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