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Books about WPF

Windows Presentation Foundation 4.5 Cookbook

The book contains over 80 recipes to effectively and efficiently develop rich Windows client applications on the Windows platform. It is full of illustrations, diagrams, and tips with clear step-by-step instructions and real world examples to gain a strong foundation of WPF features and patterns. It shows how to leverage the MVVM pattern to build decoupled, maintainable apps.

Autor: Pavel Yosifovich
ISBN: 978-1849686228
Published: Sept 2012
Find it at Packt publishing

WPF 4 - Unleashed

In my opinion one of the best books about WPF - now updated to version 4.0. It's printed fully in color, so all code samples have syntax highlighting. It includes all the good explanations and samples of version 3 including new chapters about multitouch, XAML 2009, VSM, improved text rendering, windows 7 shell integration and more.

Autor: Adam Nathan
ISBN: 978-0672331190
Published: June 2010
Find it at Amazon

WPF Control Development Unleashed

In this book, two leading Windows Presentation Foundation experts give developers everything they need to build next-generation WPF applications--software that is more robust, usable, and compelling. Drawing on their close ties with Microsoft's WPF development team, Pavan Podila and Kevin Hoffman give you a clear, robust, and practical understanding of WPF, its underpinnings, its overall architecture, and its design philosophy.

Autor: Pavan Podila, Kevin Hoffman
ISBN: 978-0672330339
Published: September 2009
Find it at Amazon

Windows Presentation Foundation - Unleashed     (My favorite!)

In my opinion one of the best book about WPF. It covers all important themes including 3D programming. All code samples have syntax highlighting. Digging deeper sections with additional informations for advanced programmers.

Autor: Adam Nathan
ISBN: 978-0672328916
Published: January 2007
Find it at Amazon

Application = Code + Markup

"Get the definitive guide to the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the new client programming interface for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista. Award-winning author Charles Petzold teaches you how to combine C# code and the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) to develop applications for the WPF.". I cannot unterstand how anyone can write a book about a UI technology without a single illustration. If you prefer gray text to colorful images, it might be the book for you.

Autor: Charles Petzold
ISBN: 978-0735619579
Published: August 2006

Essential Windows Presentation Foundation

Chris Anderson was one of the chief architects of the next-generation GUI stack, the Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), which is the subject of this book. Chris's insights shine a light from the internals of WPF to those standing at the entrance, guiding you through the concepts that form the foundation of his creation.

Autor: Chris Anderson
ISBN: 978-0321374479
Published: April 2007

Foundations of WPF: An Introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation

Foundations of WPF: An Introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation teaches you everything you need to get started with the technology, and is broken into three parts. The first introduces and contextualizes the WPF technology; the second part dives deeper into the facets of the technology that are of immediate and valuable use in developing applications; the last part offers you the real-world perspective you need to be productive in the community and customer base.

Autor: Laurence Moroney
ISBN: 978-1590597606
Published: November 2006

Pro WPF in C# 2008

This book explains how WPF works from the ground up. It follows on from the author s previous and highly successful books, covering Windows Forms (WPF's predecessor technology) and earlier versions of WPF. It is a one-stop shop in Apress proven Pro style that leaves readers with a deep understanding of the technology and able to take the concepts away and apply them for themselves.

Autor: Matthew McDonald
ISBN: 978-1590599556
Published: Februar 2008

Foundations of WPF: An Introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation

If you want to build applications that take full advantage of Windows Vista's new user interface capabilities, you need to learn Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). This new edition, fully updated for the official release of .NET 3.0, is designed to get you up to speed on this technology quickly.

Autor: Chris Sells and Ian Griffiths
ISBN: 978-0596510374
Published: September 2007

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Commented on 14.January 2009
Foundations of WPF: An Introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation, Practical WPF Graphics Programming, Essential Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (Microsoft .NET Development Series), Sams Teach Yourself WPF in 24 Hours, 3D Programming for Windows (Pro - Developer), Foundation Expression Blend 2: Building Applications in WPF and Silverlight, just a few other wpf books that we\'d love reviews on if you\'ve any reading time.
George Shugan
Commented on 9.March 2009
Wow i have to look for these book if its availble near my place or i have to ask u buddies to buy for me, and post for me. i will check that.
George Shugan
Commented on 9.March 2009
Ofcouse i ll pay inadvance :)
Nagendra Prasad
Commented on 23.March 2009
Yes George, i can do for you, let me which book you r looking for.
Asit Sinha
Commented on 16.May 2009
Is i download these e-books?
Commented on 4.June 2009
dear friend, Can i download this books?
Ranjan Gupta
Commented on 8.June 2009
ebook are available for free Download Plz let me know!!!!!!!!1
Commented on 5.July 2009
u forgot WPF in action
Commented on 13.August 2009
Even "Programming WPF" is a great book
Commented on 21.August 2009
You should put Amazon affiliate links. It would help people find the books and you'd earn revenues you deserve!
Commented on 5.September 2009
"I cannot understand how anyone can write a book about a UI technology without a single illustration" , 100% agree!
Microsoft really sucks sometimes (the publisher of the book)
Commented on 18.October 2009

Wonderful effort. Simple, clean and precise. You can probably link these books to Amazon and make yourself paid for referring these books. Just a thought.

Abhijit Banik
Commented on 15.December 2009
It's really Helpful.....!
Habjab Sandeep
Commented on 11.January 2010
Is downloads of ebooks is their!
Commented on 12.January 2010
this is spam
Commented on 2.February 2010
hi all how about wrox wpf programming??is it a good for beginners to learn wpf?
Commented on 2.February 2010
hi all how about wrox wpf programming??is it a good for beginners to learn wpf?
Commented on 2.February 2010
very very cool <a href="">Microsoft Rules</a>
Commented on 9.February 2010
Ranjan pl provide me the E books link.

Thank u.
Commented on 9.February 2010
Commented on 9.February 2010
can anyone send me the link for the book "WPF Control Development Unleashed"
Kyaw Wunna
Commented on 10.March 2010
Excellent! Thank you very much.
Kyaw Wunna
Commented on 10.March 2010
Here is the link for "WPF Control Development Unleashed" ebook download.

Commented on 16.March 2010
Petzold's book is a great one, the first part of the book is only C# code, no XAML until chapter 19 or something. You get to learn the consepts using code, which I find very neat. The thing about no pictures; he has a reason. You should either download the code and run it, or type it in and experiment with it. THAT way you remember and learn so much more than just reading some code, see a screenshot of it, then jump to next section... I've been forced to get out of my sofa many a times.
Commented on 17.March 2010
I would suggest all those to follow Illustrated WPF by D.M.Solis from Apress publication. It sets your basics right. Then you can start dirtying your hands with little peace of mind after understanding the basics.
Commented on 4.April 2010
i want to free download this book
Commented on 7.April 2010
i want to free download this book so plz.........
Commented on 23.April 2010
i want to free download this book
Commented on 8.May 2010
Commented on 15.May 2010
Hi thanks for the article,
for those who wants theses books let me know by msn delta_force138 @ ;)
Commented on 1.June 2010
<a href="">Ebooks</a>
Commented on 9.June 2010
check out WPF 4 Unleashed folks, no point buying the old one
Commented on 9.June 2010
check out WPF 4 Unleashed folks, no point buying the old one
Commented on 6.July 2010
How to set which page has to run first
Commented on 21.July 2010
@Naren: Set it in App.xaml file
Commented on 3.August 2010
summary on the books is really helpful!!!! hey pls suggest 1 book to start with that would be enough for newbees like me.
Commented on 20.August 2010
Please Suggest me which one is the best book as i am a developer
Commented on 14.September 2010
i like ur tutorials.pls provide and free pdf books
Commented on 14.September 2010
i like ur tutorials.pls provide and free pdf books
Commented on 29.September 2010
Commented on 14.October 2010
can any one send above mentioned books links plzzz
sirisha Gundala
Commented on 1.November 2010
Hi could any one send me the free ebooks which can be downloaded
Commented on 13.November 2010
Hey sajan, varsha and sirisha..!! Download the books free of costs..!!
Commented on 16.November 2010
Can some one let me know, where i can found the freeversion of above books.. thanks
Commented on 21.December 2010
Hi.. i need calculator program in c# .net wpf, with oops concepts.. i.e with class methods operator overloading...pls help me and drop ur mail to:
jehanzeb afridi
Commented on 22.December 2010
Hi everyone....
Nice article..
You can download many of those mentioned books from
Jehanzeb afridi
Commented on 29.December 2010
Wow !!!
Commented on 7.January 2011
er.... all those people asking for free versions of the books. The authors didn't write them for free you know!
Commented on 22.January 2011
Try in torrents..
Commented on 28.January 2011
you are the best moser
Commented on 28.January 2011
This is Excellent.....
I want a link from which I can download a free book....
Commented on 30.January 2011
Good work. How about a -next page - so I don't have to keep going back to the menu to proceed
Commented on 31.January 2011 (Windows.Presentation.Foundation.Unleashed)
Not Bad
Commented on 4.February 2011
wow,thx Bad :)
Commented on 23.March 2011
really !Very nice tutorial
Commented on 30.March 2011
good material thanks &lt;a href=&quot; &quot;&gt;loli bbs board &lt;/a&gt; =-PPP
Commented on 26.April 2011
you can download from google. just type the title of book and &amp;pdf in keyword search
Commented on 10.May 2011
Do you know some books for C# or VB .NET ... but I mean good books like WPF 4 - Unleashed? And what about ASP .NET? The internet is full of them but I want something really good and updated :D
Commented on 29.June 2011
I want to know more in depth about WPF like how itemscontrol,datatemplet,trigger,Icommand,routed event work in WPF...any book or blog,video,,please suggest
Commented on 20.August 2011
Pls send me everything for free. I hope to develop software and sell it to get rich. Sure hope nobody downloads my software 4 free!
Commented on 22.August 2011
Commented on 23.August 2011
I started with Wrox, it is not really good no really action. Like the tutorial all ready :)

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