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Professional WPF Programming: .NET Development with the Windows Presentation Foundation

ISBN: 978-0-470-04180-2
480 pages
May 2007
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Professional WPF Programming

If you want to learn how to build killer user interfaces for Windows and the web, then this book is for you. It arms you with the tools and code you'll need to effectively utilize the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). From creating appealing graphics and animated structures to enhancing performance and security, you'll be programming in no time.

First you'll explore the WPF framework and learn how to develop basic applications with ASP.NET or Visual Basic(r). Next you'll discover how to build more sophisticated WPF interfaces using Microsoft(r) ExpressionBlend and then progress to more advanced programming techniques.

Throughout the book, you'll find best practices for enterprise architectures using the WPF and its underlying technology. All this will help you quickly learn how to develop next-generation applications on the .NET 2.0 platform using the WPF.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to write applications with identical UIs on both Windows and the web
  • Tips for collaborating design and code development with Microsoft(r) Expression Blend
  • All about the object models, built-in server controls, HTML markup, code-behind, and the coordinative structure of each file
  • How to migrate Win32 applications to WPF
  • Techniques for integrating special effects and custom controls into an application
  • Advanced development concepts, including building workflows and a WCF service

Who this book is for

This book is for experienced .NET developers who want to begin creating WPF web and desktop applications.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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Chapter 1: Overview of Windows Presentation Foundation.

A Brief History of the Windows API.

Meet Windows Presentation Foundation.

Visual Design Tools.


Chapter 2: WPF and .NET Programming.

Getting Started.

WPF Development Concepts.


Chapter 3: Anatomy of a WPF-Enabled Application.

Project Composition.

.NET Framework 3.0 Windows Application.

XAML Browser Application.

WCF Service Library.

WPF Custom Control Library.


Chapter 4: Building a Rich UI with Microsoft Expression Blend — Part I.


The Design Environment.

Project Structure.

Creating Vector Objects.

Manipulating Objects with the Properties Panel.

Manipulating Text.

Managing Layouts.



Chapter 5: Building a Rich UI with Microsoft Expression Blend — Part II.

Expression Blend Workflow.

Handling User Input.

The WPF Animation API.

Interacting with Storyboards.

WPF Drawing API.


Chapter 6: Special Effects.


Bitmap Effects.


Putting It All Together — Combining Effects.


Chapter 7: Custom Controls.


Control Base Classes.

Data Binding in WPF.

Creating and Editing Styles.

Customizing Existing Controls with Templates.


Chapter 8: Using WPF in the Enterprise.

WPF Application Models.

State Management.


Application Localization.

WPF Deployment Models.


Chapter 9: Security.

WPF Security Model.

Trusted Versus Express Applications.

Core OS Security.

CLR Security.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Security.

ClickOnce Security.

.NET 3.0 Security Utilities.


Chapter 10: WPF and Win32 Interop.

Win32 User Interface Overview.

How WPF and HWNDs Interoperate.

Using Win32 HWNDs Inside of WPF.

Using WPF in Win32 Applications.

Adding Windows Forms Controls to WPF.


Chapter 11: Advanced Development Concepts.

WPF Architecture.

The WPF Framework.

A Deeper Look at XAML.

WPF Multithreading.

Windows Communication Foundation.

Windows Workflow Foundation.



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Chris Andrade is a Principal with Novera Consulting, a Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in enterprise architecture and development with .NET and Microsoft server technology. Chris devotes most of his time to assisting companies in applying Microsoft technologies to improve their business processes and operations. Chris has worked within a diverse range of business verticals, including automotive, healthcare, and mortgage. Chris also takes active participation within the local developer community, speaking and presenting along the west coast whenever possible.

Shawn Livermore (MCAD, MCSD, PMP) [shawnlivermore.blogspot.com] has been architecting and developing Microsoft-based solutions for nearly a decade. Shawn has been consulting as an enterprise and solutions architect for Fortune 500 clientele within highly visible enterprise implementations. His range of technical competence stretches across platforms and lines of business, but he specializes in Microsoft .NET enterprise application architectures and Microsoft server-based product integrations. Shawn lives in the Southern California area with his beautiful wife Shantell and amazing daughter Elexzandreia. Shawn also enjoys beating his friend Jason at air hockey, basketball, baseball, football, arcade games, cards, billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard, trivia, golf, racquetball, dirt bike races, crosscountry skiing... and pretty much any other sport in existence. Shawn would like to once again remind Jason, “Who’s your daddy?”

Mike Meyers is president of Novera Consulting Inc, a software development and consulting firm specializing in custom application development utilizing the .NET platform and Microsoft server technology. Based in Orange County, California, Mike’s company is focused on providing solutions based on Microsoft platforms and technology to companies spanning multiple industries. Mike has worked in a number of industries, including mortgage, healthcare, and various ecommerce ventures as developer, architect, and project manager. When he’s not writing code, Mike is active mountain biking in southern California, hiking with his four-legged Labrador Dakota or playing music with friends.

Scott Van Vliet is an accomplished Solutions Architect who has spent the past decade delivering successful Microsoft-based solutions to his clients. Currently a Senior Manager with Capgemini, a worldwide leader in technology consulting services, Scott has managed, architected, and developed solutions for companies across the globe. He is also the Microsoft Delivery Leader for Capgemini’s Telecom, Media & Entertainment practice, providing technical and engagement leadership on all Microsoft-based projects. Scott can be reached via his Web site at http://www.scottvanvliet.com/.

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