Synopses & Reviews
Windows Presentation Foundation is Microsoft's API for creating Windows applications. It gives the programmer the ability to produce dazzling, graphics?rich programs easily without having to delve into the messy details of the graphics subsystem.
To use this power, however, the programmer must learn new concepts for laying out pages and displaying graphics. Illustrated WPF presents these concepts clearly and visually?making them easier to understand and retain. What you?ll learn The important concepts underlying programming in WPF, including the visual tree, the logical tree, dependency properties, and routed events. The XAML markup language and how it is used to create and initialize objects in WPF. You?ll also learn how XAML and C# code work together to producing stunning programs. How to lay out screens and graphics using WPF's various panel types, and how to achieve a consistent visual appearance throughout a program, using resources, styles, and templates. How to bind visual elements to data sources. How to perform graphics transformations to produce eye?catching displays, and how to use animation to produce pages that are alive with action. How to use the WPF document types for text layout and navigation. Who this book is for
This book is for C# programmers wanting to learn to program Microsoft's method of building stunning Windows programs--Windows Presentation Foundation. They could be web programmers familiar with ASP.NET or programmers coming from Windows Forms. This book is designed for those who want a concise, but thorough visual presentation of the platform. It is not for those who want a long, leisurely, verbose explanation of the platform. Table of Contents Introduction To Windows Presentation Foundation Overview Of WPF Programming WPF Architecture And Applications XAML Layout Content And Controls Dependency Properties Data Binding Routing Events And Commands Other Controls And Elements Resources Styles Control Templates Page Navigation Programs More Data Binding Trees, Tabs, And Other Controls Text And Documents Graphics In WPF Animation Audio And Video
With WPF, Microsoft started from scratch and built a UI framework that is more logical, powerful, and integrated than previous frameworks. But it s different from previous frameworks, and you need to understand its structure and paradigms to use it effectively. One of the reasons WPF has a reputation of having a steep and extensive learning curve is that we, as programmers, think that all UI frameworks are pretty much the same, just with different API classes, methods, and parameters. In the case of WPF, however, this definitely is not case. The result is that when programmers just jump from another framework to WPF without learning the basics, they re frustrated that everything seems so different. The purpose of this book is to teach you the fundamentals and mechanics of WPF programming as quickly and simply as possible, while giving you a firm grasp of what s actually going on under the covers. To do this, I ve used a combination of text, figures, bulleted lists, and tables. Many of us think visually. To us, figures, bulleted lists, and tables help clarify and crystallize our understanding of a concept by cutting through the clutter of pages of dense paragraphs of explanation. My experience was repeatedly confirmed, when, in several years of teaching programming, I found that the pictures I drew on the whiteboard were the things that most quickly helped students understand the concepts I was trying to convey."
Windows Presentation Foundation is Microsofta (TM)s newest API for creating Windows applications. It allows the programmer the ability to produce dazzling, graphics-rich programs easily, without having to delve into the messy details of the graphics subsystem.
To use this power, however, the programmer must learn a number of new concepts for design and implementation. Illustrated WPF presents these concepts clearly and visually, using simple clean diagrams to make them easier to understand and retain.