Programming Microsoft Windows Forms Paperback – Nov 2 2005
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About the Author
Charles Petzold has been writing about Windows programming for 25 years. A Windows Pioneer Award winner, Petzold is author of the classic Programming Windows, the widely acclaimed Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, Programming Windows Phone 7, and more than a dozen other books.
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I have worked through many programming books over the years (or should I say attempted to). The Step-by-Step guides always leave me wanting more answers about how things work, in addition to how to make it work, and seem to be pretty superficial. This book has left me anxious to read more of Petzold's work. He has skillfully broken through my thick head and can do the same for you.
The author's previous book 'Programming Microsoft Windows with C#' is about three times as long as this one and is basically written using a somewhat lower level of coding as was required before the new enhancements. It may well be that you want to purchase that book as a second volume to this one.
This book uses Microsoft's C# programming language for its demonstrations. A brief introduction to the C# language is included in the book, enough that C++ and Java programmers should have no problems in following the examples. There is no CD published with the book, instead a web site is maintained with code samples, updates, and a list of known errors.
This book is a rather 'quick and dirty' introduction to Windows Forms, it is an excellent introduction to getting something going. By the time the reader gets through the two real applications in the back of the book he should be ready to tackle the kinds of things for which Windows Forms was created.
I haven't programmed for windows since MFC, COM, and Visual Studio 6 were considered new. Windows forms makes a lot of the tasks that used to be tedious easy and Petzold as always is very easy to follow.
Although this book is not an introduction into C#, it is easy to pick up assuming you already know some other languages like C++ or Java. I didn't know any C# before I started reading this book and already feel comfortable with it.
One thing to note is that this book covers .NET 2.0 and the current version (as of April 2008) is .NET 3.5. However, I haven't had any problems compiling the example code using Visual C# 2008 Express Edition.
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