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WPF 4 Unleashed

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The #1 WPF Book--Now Updated for WPF 4! Full Color: Code samples appear as they do in Visual Studio! 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 Windows user in ...more
Paperback, 825 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Sams (first published 2010)
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Matt Hartzell
Mar 29, 2012 Matt Hartzell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Software Developers
WPF 4 unleashed is a great resource if you are learning WPF for the first time. It covers a broad range of topics and concepts, and also identifies many idiosyncracies of the technology that may affect you as you develop applications.

However, the book does not reach a five-star level because MVVM is not at all discussed. It is, literally, not mentioned once. To me, the MVVM design pattern goes hand-in-hand with WPF, and is one of the most important reasons for using WPF. All of the code example
Ben Rand
Mar 30, 2012 Ben Rand rated it it was ok
After reading a string of really great programming books, this was quite a let down. The book looks really nice: good use of color for the code samples, nice layout, etc.

Mainly I was disappointed that the book didn't present a cohesive project (or projects) that you gradually built up, learning WPF features along the way. Instead it's a bunch of loose examples that rarely have any bearing on each other.

There are some really good sections (the Visual Studio style window in Chapter 5), and the s
Feb 07, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tech
This is a great book if you need an introduction to WPF or just need a reference for WPF concepts and best practices. It has a very good balance of description and examples. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to learn WPF or has "just messed around" with it.
Matteo Tomasulo
May 22, 2011 Matteo Tomasulo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: microsoft, wpf
If you are looking for a clear, interesting and "how to think WPF" book this is for you.

If you are looking for a complete reference I suggest instead this: Pro WPF in C# 2010
Jan 13, 2011 Jonny rated it really liked it
Good book on learning WPF coming from a Windows Form background.
Oct 15, 2015 Olga rated it liked it
Good reference book, many tips, but MVVM is not explained.
Robert Chapman
Sep 14, 2012 Robert Chapman rated it really liked it
Shelves: software
Going back to my roots as a programmer with this one. I still very much enjoy reading about technology and dreaming up cool ways to apply it to business problems.
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