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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Programming Social Applications

Author: Jonathan LeBlanc
Publisher: Yahoo Press
Pages: 544
ISBN: 978-1449394912
Aimed at: Intermediate JavaScript programmers
Rating: 3
Pros: Tackles a technical topic
Cons: Sometimes long-winded, lacks motivation
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

This isn't a book about how to use any particular social sites API. I [ ... ]



Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Developer's Handbook

Author: Klaus Loffelmann & Sarika Calla Purohit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Pages: 1024
ISBN: 978-0735627055
Aimed at: Experienced VB programmers
Rating: 4
Pros: A logical coverage
Cons: Not an exploration of VB
Reviewed by: Alex Armstrong

A handbook should be different from a cookbook or an introducto [ ... ]


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