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Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5, Second Edition
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The Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation provides the foundation for building applications and high–quality user experiences in Windows Vista. WPF blends application user interface, documents, and media content to provide richer control, design, and development of the visual aspects of Windows programs.

Author Matthew MacDonald shows you how WPF really works. His no–nonsense, practical advice will get you building high–quality WPF applications quickly and easily. MacDonald will take you through a thorough investigation of the more advanced aspects of WPF, and its relation to other elements of the WinFX stack and the .NET Framework 3.5, to complete your understanding of WPF and C# 2008.

WPFs functionality extends to support for Tablet PCs and other forms of input device, and provides a more modern imaging and printing pipeline, accessibility and UI automation infrastructure, data–driven UI and visualization, as well as the integration points for weaving the application experience into the Windows shell.

What you’ll learn

  • WPF basics: XAML, layout, control essentials, and data flow
  • WPF applications: Navigation, commands, localization, and deployment
  • Advanced controls: Custom controls, menus, toolbars, and trees
  • WPF documents: Text layout, printing, and document packaging
  • Graphics and multimedia: Drawing shapes, sound and video, animation, geometric transformations, and imaging

Who is this book for?

Developers encountering WPF and .NET 3.5 for the first time in their professional lives

About the Apress Pro Series

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You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard–won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent Material
    The writer is clearly not only an expert in his field but also understands how to convey his knowledge with clarity....more info
  • A must have for serious WPF users
    What makes developers who migrate from WinForms, MFC, etc. excited on WPF is the plenty of paths that goes to the customization of built-in/user-defined controls.

    This book covers all aspects of control customization clearer than any other online article, or book on WPF that I've read.

    It's initially my primary source of information on WPF, as it has a broad coverage of topics with a well defined scope....more info
  • Great book! Better than WPF Unleashed!!
    I ordered this book and WPF Unleashed (Adam Nathan) at the same time. I read WPF Unleashed first because I saw the reviews on Then I read this title, Pro WPF in C# 2008.

    I found this to be a much better book than WPF Unleashed. It's thicker, has more content, and dives much deeper. Don't get me wrong, they are both excellent books and I recommend them both. But if you really want to understand core WPF concepts, this book is the better choice....more info
  • Very nice
    Really a very nice introduction to WPF, it includes all the details to include win32 controls in WPF windows and WPF controls in WinForms app. I definitaly recommend this book!...more info
  • A great way to learn WPF
    I've bought three books about WPF, including Windows Presentation Foundation Foundation Unleashed and Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed. Matthew MacDonald's book is for developers and is what I needed. It uses Visual Studio 2008 and is up to date with current development tools. I've also read his books on ASP.NET and this is one top-notch author. I fully recommend this book....more info
  • Best technical book I've read in a while
    This book is laid out in a clear, straight-forward way. The chapters, and content within each, flow well. There is so much to learn with WPF, evidenced by the size of this book, that it can be daunting. However, Matthew takes a pragmatic, step-by-step approach which makes it very digestible. On numerous occasions I've found myself learning something in a paragraph but coming up with questions, only to find answers to those exact questions in the following paragraphs.

    I just searched and see that the author is writing a Silverlight 2 book. Sign me up!...more info
  • Very helpful
    So far, I've found Pro WPF to be a decent reference and a very good overview of WPF. I was particularly interested in the chapter on text layout, which was good but not great. I would have appreciated it if that chapter was a little more in depth, but it's still the best treatment of fixed and flow documents that I have found....more info
  • Good so far
    The book is good so far. Only about 150 pages into the book, but so far easy to read, examples range from simple to more advanced. I will post another review upon completion....more info
  • Saved Me Many Many Times
    I love the Petzold book Applications = Code + Markup, but it covers a subset of WPF and is out of date now. Pro WPF in C# 2008 is up-to-date, covers a much larger subset, and doesn't shy away from the hard stuff. Almost every time I turn to this book, I find either an answer or a new pointer that leads to the answer on-line. Yesterday, I found a method called TemplatedParent that is ill-covered in my other books. Today, I found IScrollInfo. Highly recommended as a well-written, comprehensive, up-to-date WPF reference for intermediate to advanced developers. For starting out, I still recommend the Petzold book, which really tries hard to build understanding....more info
  • I highly recommend the book...
    I have the first edition of this book (Pro WPF: Windows Presentation Foundation in .NET 3.0), so I was hesitant in buying this version. WPF 3.5 did not have major feature upgrades from 3.0. I am glad that I did buy it, but I can't really recommend doing so for other people with the .NET 3.0 version, only because there is not that much new material.

    However, I highly recommend the book if you don't own the previous edition. I also highly recommend it even if you have the first one and you are like me and pretty much trashed my first edition copy. It has been through several storms and has a lot of notes and ink running all over it. So it is nice to have a new copy to beat the crap out of. I also like having the latest information I am using up to date.

    Here is what is new in this release:
    --Firefox support for XBAPs.
    --Data binding support for LINQ.
    --Data binding support for IDataErrorInfo.
    --Support for placing interactive controls (such as buttons) inside a RichTextBox control.
    --Support for placing 2-D elements on 3-D surfaces.
    --An add-in model.

    Matthew has added content for all the topics listed above.

    Some of the highlights of the book I like:
    --His in-depth coverage of printing.
    --His Custom Elements chapter.
    --The new chapter on Application Add-Ins.
    --The chapter on using ClickOnce with WPF.
    --Everything is gone into in depth. This is not a brush over the topic book.
    --The usability of the code makes the book all that much more valuable.

    The book focuses on WPF only. It has a few pages on LINQ, but that is about it as far as the rest of the .NET 3.5 framework goes. In other words, the book does not cover how to best use WPF in relationship to WCF, WF, or LINQ. This does not take anything away from the book because Matthew does not claim that the book does this. I only mention it because his ASP.NET 3.5 book does go into LINQ application integration.

    The downloadable code is very well organized and is very usable.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone getting into WPF with .NET 3.5.

    ...more info
  • Very thorough, but not clear for learners
    This is certainly a thorough book, at 1000 pages highly suitable for thumping down on tables in order to impress people with the kinds of arcane stuff you get into. There are an awful lot of gotchas in WPF for the newbie, and one of the strengths of this book is that it has lots of detail about these unexpected behavioral quirks that would otherwise have you tearing your hair out and swearing at your innocent monitor. However, as a learning tool for someone who knows nothing about WPF - surely most of its likely readership - it isn't the clearest or easiest read. Compare it to a truly excellent technical book like my all-time favorite Albahari's "C# in a Nutshell": Albahari starts with simple topics, clearly explained, and gradually progresses to the more difficult and obscure. Macdonald starts his explanation of Dependency Properties with how you create your own ones in .NET: a complicated operation which I for one had no interest in at that point, since I didn't even get what they were yet!
    Same story with Control Templates: we get the whole stuff about visual trees before we get to see a simple example. Most of the time, we developers try to start by *doing* something with the technology, before we worry too much about the arcana of how it all hangs together under the hood. More grievously though, Macdonald doesn't actually explain how one's newly created control template is applied to an actual control. I guess one is assumed to be able to work out something so obvious for oneself! All his examples show control template markup, but nothing about how they get applied to the control they are templating. Sure, it's easy once you know, and you can see how it's done in the downloadable code for the book, but something so fundamental should be explained in the text, and right at the start.

    I don't know if the better-known Applications=Markup+Code does a better job as a tutorial, so I can't tell you to buy something else, but to be honest I'm sort of wishing I had....more info
  • I wish i could give it 4 star, but...
    I generally like Matthew's writing, but this one really fell short of my expectations, esp considering it's a 2nd edition (I've never read the first edition, though).

    - it gave a good overview of what WPF is all about(the underlying DirectX etc), and why we need yet another Windows GUI technology.

    - it lacks substance, each chapter mostly contains a shallow description of a "feature" of WPF, with some code snippets. The content feels more like a showoff of what WPF can do + some tips & tricks.

    - there is no central theme in the book, ie. the author doesn't hold your hand and build a non-trivial app using the key features of WPF. So at the end of the book, i'm still at a loss as to how to re-write some of my Windows Forms apps in WPF.

    - it's completely focused on the WPF technology, with hardly any information on the fundamentals of Computer Graphics theory and how it's related to WPF. I guess for most folks who just want to cobble togther a form with a few data bound controls in it, this prob isn't a problem. But to create commercial apps in WPF, this book is just not enough....more info
  • Great reference for WPF
    This is a great reference for WPF--I've been looking for a book like this for quite a while. It's probably not the best learning resource, but once you have a general understanding of WPF, this book can help dig deeper into specific topics, like "How do I change the startup behavior of a WPF apoplication? Can I put my UI files into a DLL, so I can swap the UI?" Chapter 3 helps answer both questions. No hesitation recommending this book to intermediate-level WPF developers....more info
  • WPF is next great Web/Winform Standard
    Please buy this book if you haven't explored Windows Presentation Foundation. The separation of the UI (with XAML) and the code-behind page controller (C# or VB.NET) will revolutionize .NET development. If you don't have a designer you must learn Microsoft Expression Blend, but a UI designer will push your view (from Model-View-Controller) to the extreme.

    The browser-based XBAP works like a Winform app, but it can be viewed in Internet Explorer. If you've ever tried to create a dirty flag to denote changes in form data in ASP.NET, you know how superior Winforms are for this purpose. XBAPs give you the ability to access the textbox text changed event like Winforms. This takes a ton of JavaScript to accomplish the same programming task in ASP.NET forms.

    The update of the application to the client machine (the XBAP runs on the client) can be done with new technolgy called ClickOnce. What a technology!

    I've even tried to learn the XAML markup from a very good chapter on this.

    This book is really well done. Kudos to the author....more info
  • Almost every thing about WPF
    If you think Winform is good enough.. you are either too old or to too lazy or both. I feel Mat has done a great job of keeping the book straight and to the point. Very focused approach to WPF. Although I feel there should have been a bit more on DrawingVisual and its hidden wonderland of raw performance. It's a great book to read and work with from cover to cover, although I use it as a reference too. ...more info