Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5 2nd Edition

Author: Matthew MacDonald
Publisher: Apress, 2008
Pages: 1040
ISBN: 978-1590599556
Aimed at: Experienced .NET developers moving to WPF
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Broad coverage of WPF; good depth in places
Cons: Only minor niggles
Reviewed by: Sue Gee

 

For the updated .NET 3.5 edition of his WPF tome MacDonald has produced two, essentially parallel, books - one on C#, the other on VB. There is one completely new chapter - Chapter 26:Multithreading and Add-Ins which covers the Dispatcher, the DispatcherObject and the BackgroundWorker and the Add-in pipeline.

Dave Wheeler reviewed the predecessor of this book as follows:

This is no lightweight, coming in at nearly 1000 densely packed pages. It has comprehensive coverage of WPF, ranging from XAML to 3D, and on the whole the book feels (in more sense than one) solid. All the major topic areas are covered, but like every other WPF book it has strengths and weaknesses, and occasionally the odd minor technical niggle, which means that this book alone is probably not going to be enough for the hardcore WPF developer.
The book is logically arranged, with clear examples, and assumes from the get-go that you will be working with a combination of XAML and code. You can certainly read it from end to end, but it’s also excellent for dipping into from time to time. The code samples and links described in the book are all available online.

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Tika in Action

Author: Chris Mattmann & Jukka Zitting
Publisher: Manning
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1935182856
Aimed at: Java programmers
Rating: 3.5
Pros: In depth
Cons: Not really hands on
Reviewed by: Alex Armstrong

The Apache Java Toolkit, Tika, is claimed to be the "Babel fish" for file formats. Does this book help you [ ... ]



Alan Turing and His Contemporaries

Author: Chris Burton, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Simon Lavington & Roger Johnson
Publisher: British Computer Society, 2012
Pages: 100
ISBN: 978-1906124908
Audience: Those interested in computer history and hardware enthusiasts
Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by: Sue Gee

 

Published to mark the 2012 centenary [ ... ]


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