WPF in Action with Visual Studio 2008
Covers Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1!
Arlen Feldman and Maxx Daymon
November, 2008 | 520 pages
ISBN: 1933988223

For a long time I’ve been largely a “web guy”. Not so much by choice but by circumstance, just like I was a main-frame guy in the 80’s.

Full client applications are SO powerful.

IN 2009 I really want to contribute to www.WindowsClient.net and, though I’ve done allot of work in Windows Forms, my WPF experience is a bit light and WPF is the future of Windows Client development.

So, needed a book that would “plunge” me back into WPF thinking. Serendipitously, about the same time I was asked about doing a manuscript review for    WPF in Action with Visual Studio 2008.

I loved it, as you will tell when you pick up a copy of the book and see my comment on the back cover !!

I read so many books that I can almost guess in advance based on the publisher, series or author how good a book will be and the “In Action” series books are generally great but   WPF in Action with Visual Studio 2008 is especially good becuase it is both details and professionally practical.

It does waste paper teaching me how to build fractals or stick drawings in XAML but takes a quickly passed serious approach to getting the reader up to speed to do REAL work.

  • It’s Visual Studio 2008 based so it’s both current and based inside the tools we use to developer WPF applications.
  • It makes comparative references to Win Forms, etc, so it sets content in things we already understand.
  • It has good coverage of the new Layout Mechanism which is different than previous UI technologies.
  • It contains concise coverage or 3D, Transitions, Templates, and Data
  • It relates full WPF on the desktop with XBAP, ClickOnce, and Silverlight
  • It has great “advanced” sections on Interop and Threading based Performance.

Get it here –   WPF in Action with Visual Studio 2008

And send me your WPF content suggestions for www.WindowsClient.net