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Seeing Data (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology)by Rebecca Riordan
Synopses & Reviews
“Rebecca provides an invaluable resource to help developers focus on a commonly overlooked but vital part of an application—the user experience.”
—David Sceppa, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
“Rebecca Riordan takes UI programming and practices to new heights. She has gone byond simply explaining the theory behind UI programming practices, providing code samples that are practical, well-documented, and can be immediately incorporated into a development project.”
—Wendy Chun, AVP/Product Development, SunGard Insurance Systems
“Riordan has produced what is THE reference guide on user interface design in .NET. Serious developers and beginners alike will learn both design techniques that can put applications over the top and pitfalls to avoid.”
—Kelly J. Martens, Manager, Information Systems and Development, JJ Koepsell Company Build Outstanding User Interfaces with .NET: Principles, Techniques, and Code
Nowadays, users and clients demand exceptionally usable software. But few developers are trained to create high-quality user interfaces, and few .NET books offer much help—until now.
In Seeing Data , Microsoft MVP Rebecca M. Riordan shows how to use .NETs advanced UI tools to build applications that reflect todays interface design best practices. She offers visual examples, code, and techniques for every .NET project.
Writing for experienced .NET developers, Riordan introduces core principles of effective interface design—including focus, flow, alignment, proximity, contrast, and consistency. She demonstrates how to architect databases for better usability, and how to build more effective form layouts. Next, she systematically tackles user interaction, showing how to:
Riordan covers essential technical underpinnings ranging from GDI+ Managed Classes to ADO.NET data binding. She presents dozens of Visual Basic .NET examples—all designed for easy, quick reuse, and downloadable from the books companion Web site, along with C# equivalents.
Book News Annotation:
Riordan writes for experienced .NET developers with a basic understanding of application development and database systems, but no formal training in interface design. She starts with the basics, including the principles of interface design, graphic objects, typography, color, images in the .NET framework, and ADO .NET data binding. She describes representing entities, including simple and complex layouts; representing attributes, such as numbers and text, and list and grid controls; interacting with the user, as in managing data display and using command widgets; and building applications, including interface architecture, user customization, and installation. She includes a glossary.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Why do so many computer programs have such poorly designed user interfaces? The most likely reason is that most developers have no training in how to design good graphical user interfaces (GUIs.) Microsoft has included many helpful tools in the .NET Framework for interface design. Many books on .NET have a few pages or at most a chapter on these tools. But until now there has not been a book that shows how to use these tools in detail in the context of sound UI design principles. This book is intended for experienced programmers with a basic knowledge of application development and database systems, but no formal training in the basics of interface design. Acknowledged database design expert Rebecca Riordan calls upon her years of experience in the field to give developers just the right combination of theory and practical information to help them design interfaces that will be easy to use. She includes lots of sample code that readers can take and insert into their own programs, saving them time and money. All code in the book is written in Visual Basic .NET; C# versions are available on the book's companion web site.
About the Author
Rebecca M. Riordan has more than fifteen years of experience designing and developing databases and other applications. She is a Microsoft MVP and a frequent speaker at conferences, including Microsoft TechEd. She is the author of many books, including Seeing Data: Designing User Interfaces for Database Systems Using .NET (Addison-Wesley, 2005). Her other highly respected books include Designing Relational Database Systems (1999), Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming Step by Step (2000), and ADO.NET Step by Step (2002), all published by Microsoft Press.
Table of Contents
I. THE BASICS.
1. Interface Design.
2. .NET Graphic Objects.
5. Images in the .NET Framework.
6. ADO .NET Data Binding.
II. REPRESENTING ENTITIES.
7. Entity Types.
8. Simple Layouts.
9. Complex Layouts.
10. Displaying Forms.
III. REPRESENTING ATTRIBUTES.
11. Complex Attributes.
12. Numbers and Text.
13. List Controls.
14. Grid Controls.
IV. INTERACTING WITH THE USER.
15. Managing Data Display.
16. Command Widgets.
17. User Assistance.
18. Database Integrity.
19. Sorting, Searching, and Filtering.
V. BUILDING APPLICATIONS.
21. Interface Architectures.
22. User Customization.
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