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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 1032
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-26796-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-26796-2
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-46791-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-46791-1

Any Windows programmer using .NET will need to deal with Windows Forms, also known as WinForms. And use of .NET among Windows programmers continues to grow at a rapid pace. The bestselling book on WinForms 1.X, and by far the best reviewed one, was Chris Sells' book. Chris and his coauthor, Mike Weinhardt, have updated it completely for the just released WinForms 2.0. The first edition was so successful in fact that there will be much less competition for this new edition. It is almost twice as long, reflecting the increased complexity of WinForms 2.0 and the number of changes made. It is also much more timely, coming out just a few months after the release of the product; it should be the first book on WinForms 2.0 tested completely against the final release code, not just the Beta 2 code. Given the amount of changes in WinForms 2.0, people who have already purchased the first edition will want the new edition, not just programmers just starting with .NET. So all in all, this book should sell even better than the very successful first edition did.

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Table of Contents

                        About the Authors  xxv

                        Foreword  xxvii

                        Preface  xxxi

Chapter 1     Hello, Windows Forms  1

Chapter 2     Forms  41

Chapter 3     Dialogs  99

Chapter 4     Layout  137

Chapter 5     Drawing Basics  179

Chapter 6     Drawing Text  231

Chapter 7     Advanced Drawing  265

Chapter 8     Printing  291

Chapter 9     Components  327

Chapter 10   Controls  353

Chapter 11   Design-Time Integration: The Properties Window  399

Chapter 12   Design-Time Integration: Designers and Smart Tags  453

Chapter 13   Resources  505

Chapter 14   Applications  549

Chapter 15   Settings  579

Chapter 16   Data Binding Basics  629

Chapter 17   Applied Data Binding  681

Chapter 18   Multithreaded User Interfaces  737

Chapter 19   ClickOnce Deployment  775

Appendix A    What’s New in Windows Forms 2.0  829

Appendix C    Delegates and Events  867

Appendix D    Component and Control Survey  881

Appendix E    Drag and Drop  901

Appendix F    Document Management  927

                        Bibliography  957

                        Index  961

Preface

Windows 1.0 programmers had a straightforward life. They had almost no choices about how to do things; either there was an application programming interface (API), or there wasn’t, and most of the time there wasn’t. This meant that developers had to build almost everything by hand. At the time, this wasn’t a problem. All Windows programmers had the same limitations, so everyone’s apps more or less operated with the same limited set of functionality.

A modern Windows developer, on the other hand, is inundated with choices. The invention of the web alone gives us static Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), server-based user interface (UI) interaction via ASP.NET, and client-side UI interaction via ActiveX controls or AJAX (to name a few).1 On the client side, we have native frameworks like Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), Active Template Library (ATL), and the next-generation managed framework known as the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF is part of WinFX, the follow-on to the .NET Framework). How does a developer choose? Where does Windows Forms 2.0, the topic of this book, fit into this pantheon?

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