WPF 4.5 Unleashed

WPF 4.5 Unleashed

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By (author) Adam Nathan

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  • Publisher: Sams Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 864 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 229mm x 28mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Indianapolis
  • ISBN 10: 0672336979
  • ISBN 13: 9780672336973
  • Sales rank: 117,895

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The #1 WPF Book--Now Updated for WPF 4.5! Thorough, authoritative coverage, practical examples, clear writing, and full-color presentation make this one of the most widely acclaimed programming books of the last decade. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is the recommended technology for creating modern Windows desktop apps. Whether you want to develop traditional user interfaces or integrate 3D graphics, audio/video, animation, dynamic skinning, touch, rich document support, speech recognition, or more, WPF enables you to do so in a seamless, resolution-independent manner that scales from small tablets to large TVs. WPF 4.5 Unleashed is the authoritative book that covers it all, in a practical and approachable fashion, authored by WPF guru and Microsoft architect Adam Nathan. * Covers everything you need to know about Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)* Examines the WPF feature areas in incredible depth: controls, layout, resources, data binding, styling, graphics, animation, and more* Delves into topics that aren't covered by most books: 3D, speech, audio/video, documents, effects* Shows how to create popular UI elements and leverage built-in controls such as the new Office-style Ribbon* Demonstrates how to create sophisticated UI mechanisms, such as Visual Studio-like collapsible/dockable panes* Explains how to create first-class custom controls for WPF* Demonstrates how to create hybrid WPF software that leverages Windows Forms, DirectX, ActiveX, or other non-WPF technologies* Explains how to exploit desktop features, such as Jump Lists and taskbar customizations, and the same toast notifications used by Windows Store apps

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Adam Nathan is a principal software architect for Microsoft in the Startup Business Group. Adam was previously the founding developer and architect for Popfly, Microsoft's first product built on Silverlight, named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2007 by PCWorld Magazine. Having started his career on Microsoft's Common Language Runtime team, Adam has been at the core of .NET and WPF technologies since the very beginning. Adam's books have been considered required reading by many inside Microsoft and throughout the industry. He is the author of the best-selling WPF Unleashed (Sams, 2006) that was nominated for a 2008 Jolt Award, WPF 4 Unleashed (Sams, 2010), Windows 8 Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed (Sams, 2012), 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps (Sams, 2011), Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (Sams, 2008), and .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide (Sams, 2002); a coauthor of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams, 2001); and a contributor to books including .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 2 (Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Windows Developer Power Tools (O'Reilly, 2006). Adam is also the creator of PINVOKE.NET and its Visual Studio add-in. You can find him online at www.adamnathan.net or @adamnathan on Twitter.

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Praise for the First Edition "The Nathan book is brilliant--you'll love it. Publishers, take note: I'd sure be buying a heck of a lot more technical books if more of them were like this one." --Jeff Atwood, codinghorror.com, cofounder of Stack Overflow "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed is a must-have book for anyone interested in learning and using WPF. Buy it, read it, and keep it close to your computer." --Josh Smith, Microsoft MVP "As we built the feature team that delivered the new WPF presentation layer for Visual Studio 2010, Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed quickly became our must-read WPF reference book of choice, over and above other books on WPF and indeed internal documentation. Highly recommended for any developer wanting to learn how to make the most of WPF." --James Bartlett, senior lead program manager, Microsoft Visual Studio "I've bought nearly all available WPF books, but the only one that's still on my desk is Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed. It not only covers all WPF aspects, but it does it in the right, concise way so that reading it was a real pleasure." --Corrado Cavalli, Codeworks "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed is the most insightful WPF book there is. Don't be misled by its size; this book has the best introduction and deepest insights. This is the must-read for anyone getting started or wanting to get the most out of WPF." --Jaime Rodriguez, Microsoft client evangelist for Windows, WPF, Silverlight, and Windows Phone "I found Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed to be an excellent and thorough introduction and guide to programming WPF. It is clearly written, easily understood, and yet still deep enough to get a good understanding of how WPF works and how to use it. Not a simple feat to accomplish! I heartily recommend it to all the students who take DevelopMentor's WPF course! Anyone serious about doing WPF work should have a copy in their library." --Mark Smith, DevelopMentor instructor, author of DevelopMentor's Essential WPF course "I have read Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed from cover to cover and have found it to be really the most comprehensive material on WPF. I can't think of even a single instance when I have not been able to find the solution (or a pointer to one) every time that I have picked up the book to figure out the intricacies of WPF." --Durgesh Nayak, team leader, Axis Technical Group "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed is the book that made WPF make so much sense for me. Without Adam's work, WPF would still be a mystery to me and my team. The enthusiasm for WPF is evident from the offset and it really rubs off on the reader." --Peter O'Hanlon, managing director, Lifestyle Computing Ltd "Adam Nathan's Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed must surely be considered one of the seminal books on WPF. It has everything you need to help you get to grips with the learning cliff that is WPF. It certainly taught me loads, and even now, after several years of full-time WPF development, Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed is never far from my hand." --Sacha Barber, Microsoft MVP, CodeProject MVP, author of many WPF articles "Of all the books published about WPF, there are only three that I recommend. Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed is my primary recommendation to developers looking to get up to speed quickly with WPF." --Mike Brown, Microsoft MVP, Client App Development, and president of KharaSoft, Inc.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Who Should Read This Book? 2 Software Requirements 3 Code Examples 3 How This Book Is Organized 4 Conventions Used in This Book 6 Part I: Background Chapter 1: Why WPF? 7 A Look at the Past 8 Enter WPF 9 The Evolution of WPF 12 Summary 16 Chapter 2: XAML Demystified 17 XAML Defined 19 Elements and Attributes 20 Namespaces 22 Property Elements 25 Type Converters 26 Markup Extensions 28 Children of Object Elements 31 Mixing XAML with Procedural Code 36 XAML2009 44 XAML Keywords 49 Summary 52 Chapter 3: WPF Fundamentals 55 A Tour of the Class Hierarchy 55 Logical and Visual Trees 57 Dependency Properties 62 Summary 76 Part II: Building a WPF Application Chapter 4: Sizing, Positioning, and Transforming Elements 77 Controlling Size 78 Controlling Position 83 Applying Transforms 86 Summary 95 Chapter 5: Layout with Panels 97 Canvas 98 StackPanel 100 WrapPanel 102 DockPanel 105 Grid 108 Primitive Panels 120 Handling Content Overflow 122 Putting It All Together: Creating a Visual Studio-Like Collapsible, Dockable, Resizable Pane 130 Summary 140 Chapter 6: Input Events: Keyboard, Mouse, Stylus, and Touch 141 Routed Events 141 Keyboard Events 150 Mouse Events 152 Stylus Events 156 Touch Events 158 Commands 170 Summary 176 Chapter 7: Structuring and Deploying an Application 177 Standard Desktop Applications 177 Navigation-Based Desktop Applications 193 Gadget-Style Applications 205 XAML Browser Applications 207 Loose XAML Pages 213 Summary 215 Chapter 8: Exploiting Windows Desktop Features 217 Jump Lists 217 Taskbar Item Customizations 229 Aero Glass 233 TaskDialog 236 Summary 239 Part III: Controls Chapter 9: Content Controls 241 Buttons 243 Simple Containers 248 Containers with Headers 252 Summary 254 Chapter 10: Items Controls 255 Common Functionality 256 Selectors 261 Menus 298 Other Items Controls 302 Summary 308 Chapter 11: Images, Text, and Other Controls 309 The Image Control 309 Text and Ink Controls 311 Documents 318 Range Controls 334 Calendar Controls 336 Summary 340 Part IV: Features for Professional Developers Chapter 12: Resources 341 Binary Resources 341 Logical Resources 349 Summary 360 Chapter 13: Data Binding 361 Introducing the Binding Object 361 Controlling Rendering 373 Customizing the View of a Collection 385 Data Providers 396 Advanced Topics 403 Putting It All Together: The Pure-XAML Twitter Client 412 Summary 414 Chapter 14: Styles, Templates, Skins, and Themes 415 Styles 416 Templates 430 Skins 458 Themes 465 Summary 470 Part V: Rich Media Chapter 15: 2D Graphics 473 Drawings 474 Visuals 491 Shapes 503 Brushes 511 Effects 527 Improving Rendering Performance 530 Summary 533 Chapter 16: 3D Graphics 535 Getting Started with 3D Graphics 536 Cameras and Coordinate Systems 540 Transform3D 552 Model3D 561 Visual3D 584 Viewport3D 591 2D and 3D Coordinate System Transformation 594 Summary 603 Chapter 17: Animation 605 Animations in Procedural Code 606 Animations in XAML 619 Keyframe Animations 628 Easing Functions 635 Animations and the Visual State Manager 641 Summary 649 Chapter 18: Audio, Video, and Speech 651 Audio 651 Video 656 Speech 662 Summary 669 Part VI: Advanced Topics Chapter 19: Interoperability with Non-WPF Technologies 671 Embedding Win32 Controls in WPF Applications 673 Embedding WPF Controls in Win32 Applications 688 Embedding Windows Forms Controls in WPF Applications 695 Embedding WPF Controls in Windows Forms Applications 700 Mixing DirectX Content with WPF Content 704 Embedding ActiveX Controls in WPF Applications 710 Summary 714 Chapter 20: User Controls and Custom Controls 717 Creating a User Control 719 Creating a Custom Control 728 Summary 746 Chapter 21: Layout with Custom Panels 747 Communication Between Parents and Children 748 Creating a SimpleCanvas 751 Creating a SimpleStackPanel 756 Creating an OverlapPanel 759 Creating a FanCanvas 764 Summary 769 Chapter 22: Toast Notifications 771 Prerequisites 771 Sending a Toast Notification 774 Toast Templates 775 Notification Events 778 Scheduled Notifications 779 Summary 780 Appendix A: Fun with XAML Readers and Writers 783 Overview 783 The Node Loop 786 Reading XAML 787 Writing to Live Objects 791 Writing to XML 793 XamlServices 794 Index 799