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Book Review: Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald

4/29/2009 1:42:00 PM

prowpf After a pretty bland and unexciting ASP.NET book this was a very good change. Matthew MacDonald covers all aspects of WPF in a very good and interesting style. All the basics are covered, principles explained and practical advices are given.

Probably my only but pretty serious complaint is about a Chapter 24 - Custom Elements. This was one of the main chapters (aside from basic WPF principles) why I bought this book in the first place. I was developing our WPF charting controls and expected to find some insights and guidance in this chapter. Unfortunately a big chunk of the chapter (which is not so long to start with) was dedicated to explaining logical implications of building a masked text box. Probably quite interesting stuff on it’s own but not directly related to what it takes to build custom WPF elements in general.

Aside from that I’m very satisfied with this book and can highly recommend it to any .NET/C# developer interested in programming for Windows Presentation Foundation.

Verdict: close to perfect

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