The future of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and what’s coming next

In 2006 I started working with the first preview versions of the Windows Presentation Foundation with my Trivadis fellow Christoph Pletz. We wrote 2007 the very first German article about MVVM and 2008 I published my first book with the title “Windows Presentation Foundation – the ultimate handbook”.

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Windows Presentation Foundatoin 4.5 – WPF 4.5 – the 3rd edition is here

I’m proud to announce that the ultimate handbook about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in .NET 4.5 is in stores now. Order your copy of the German-Speaking Topseller about WPF directly here on Amazon:

Order WPF-Book on Amazon.de

Find all the Details about the book on www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/wpf

Currently I’m working really hard on my book about Windows Store Apps. It’ll be released next year and can already be preordered on Amazon:

Preorder Windows Store Apps-Book on Amazon.de

So maybe I’ll blog more again in the future. But for now I’m totally focused on finishing the Windows Store Aps-book.

So far so good,
stay tuned,
Thomas

WPF book has been released and Silverlight book will be available on 28th of August

Exactly two years after the first release of the WPF-book the second edition is available since some days. Find more details about the content and where you can order it on http://www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/wpf.

The Silverlight-Book has also been written and is currently running through the process of reading, testing and printing. It will be in stores on 28th of August. Find more information about the Silverlight-Book and where you can order it on http://www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/silverlight.

I hope you like the books and you can master the “programming-challenge” of your wpf- and silverlight-projects with the knowhow you got from the books.

Cheers,
Thomas

Friday-Evening Fun with Silverlight’s Animation Easing Functions

This weekend I’ve to finish the second edition of my WPF-book. Luckily it’s going to rain tomorrow. But I’ve almost done it. This evening I’ve just ported a small sample for Animation Easing Functions from WPF to Silverlight. It was easy, all I had to do was using a PathGeometry instead of the not existing StreamGeometry to draw the lines of the functions. Use the fun-sample below to play around with these easing functions. You’ll get the code of this version with my upcoming german Silverlight-Book in August. So have fun, Cheers Thomas.

Visual Studio has been released, Silverlight 4 has been released and the books are on their way…

After Visual Studio has been released on Monday this week, Silverlight 4 is also available since Thursday. I’ll have to speed up my book-writing. As many of you know, I’m writing on a second edition of my WPF-book to .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. I’m also writing on a Silverlight-book (about Silverlight 4.0). Below some details of the two books.

The WPF-Book:

I’ll finish the update of my WPF-book till end of April, so it’ll be released in June. There are many new things in it, like a section to the Model-View-ViewModel-Pattern, Multitouch, the new Controls DatePicker, Calendar and DataGrid, Animation Easing-Functions, VisualStateManager, Windows 7 Taskbarintegration, Pixel-Shaders and much more. Of course there’s also a new version of the FriendStorage-Application that is using new features and controls, like e.g. the DataGrid:

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FriendStorage now also has integration into the Windows 7 Taskbar. So you can iterate through the friends via the Buttons shown in the Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail. Also recognize that the image of the current friend is also displayed as overlay-image on the Taskbar-Button

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You find the second edition of my WPF-book here on amazon.de

The Silverlight-book

I’ll write on the Silverlight-book till end of June, so it’ll be released in August. I hope you’re looking forward to it. I gave and will give my best that it’s a great resource to all professional Silverlight-Developers and those who want to become one of those. In May I’ll show the contents of the Silverlight-book on my homepage. I’ll also blog here. For now I can say that there’s a FriendStorageOnline-Application in the Samples with Login/Registration and CRUD-Operations via WCF Ria Services. A logged-in User can create Friendlists and insert data as usual. The app looks like this:

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The Silverlight-book is also already on amazon here. But keep in mind that there could be a change in pages (some more up to 1000) and so maybe also in price. I’ll post more information about the targeted pagecount in May, then you’ll also see some details of the contents.

Ciao,
Thomas

Hey Thomas, what’s coming up next?

I’ll give you just a short information of what is coming up next and what I did the last months. Let’s start with the things coming up…

… what’s coming up next:

  • WebTech-Conference – 16th November, Karlsruhe/Germany
    Another talk about datadriven Silverlight-Applications. Meet me at this conference for discussions about WPF, Silverlight, .NET in general, my books and other topics. Find more about the WebTech-conference on webtech
  • Update of the WPF-book to .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010
    The WPF-book was written about .NET 3.5. Next year .NET 4.0 will be released. There are many new things introduced in WPF. The DataGrid- and DatePicker-Control, VisualStateManager, Animation Easing Functions, Layout Rounding and so on. I’m working on an update of the book that will be released next year shortly after the German Visual Studio Release.
  • Writing a german book about Silverlight 4
    Currently I’m working hard on my book about Silverlight 4. I’ve already written about 300 pages. The book will be released next year shortly after the Silverlight 4 release. There are no comments on the Silverlight 4 release, but at PDC in mid-November there’s a session about the Silverlight-Roadmap. Then we’ll know more. So stay tuned. Find more about the upcoming Silverlight-Book on the new silverlight-category on my homepage

… what I did the last months:

  • Silverlight-Articles
    I’ve written six articles about Silverlight for the German dotnet-magazine. Download the articles beside others on www.thomasclaudiushuber.com/articles.php.
  • PrioConference – 28th October, Munich/Germany
    I had a session about datadriven Silverlight-Applications. Find the Details on the new talks-category on my homepage.

So stay tuned. If you’ve any questions, leave a comment or write me an email via the contact-form on my homepage.

Thomas

WPF-book is now available in stores, maybe you win a free one @MSUGS

Since last week my German WPF-book is available in stores. You find more details about the book and some snippets of chapter 1 and chapter 14 on Galileo Computing. You can order the book on the Galileo Comuting-Website or on amazon.de and other stores.

For any questions about the book, write a comment to this post or use the contact-form of my homepage. If you’ve already got the book, I’m looking forward to your feedback.

What’s going on next:

Free MSUGS-Event about developing Custom Controls with the chance to win a WPF-book:
On Wednesday, 20th August, you can visit a free event in cooperation with the Microsoft User Group Switzerland (MSUGS) about developing Custom Controls with WPF. The event will be in Zurich @Trivadis (Europastrasse 5). You find more details about the event here. At the end of this event, you can win one WPF-Book for free.

WPF-Course @Trivadis:
If you want to know more things about WPF-Programming, take a look at the 3-day WPF-course at Trivadis, which you find here. If you take this course, you’ll get a WPF-book, the Trivadis course-material, and everything you need to become a rich & famous WPF-Programmer. ;-)

DataAccess in the time of LINQ:
Christoph Pletz and I are working on a TechnoCircle – a one day event you can visit in the second half of this year @Trivadis – about DataAccess in the time of LINQ. This TechnoCircle does not only show you how LINQ works, it shows how to implement a Data Access Layer in the time of LINQ in a Three-Layer-Architecture. It also discusses the usage of LINQ to SQL vs. Entity Framework vs. DataSets etc. As soon as you can register for the TechnoCircle, you’ll find more infos on the Trivadis-website and of course here on my blog…