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A WPF Book?

Recently, I was approached by a well known publisher and offered the possibility of writing a beginner level book on WPF.  I was hoping to get some feedback from my readers.  If you have any thoughts, please comment.  I will be putting together a preliminary plan for the book shortly and would love hear what you think would make a great beginner's WPF book.  Also, if you have any thoughts on shortcomings of other WPF books in general, I would love to hear that as well, so that I don't make the same mistakes.  Thanks to all who are willing to offer their suggestions!


Posted 09-27-2007 9:57 PM by Rob Eisenberg
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Will wrote re: A WPF Book?
on 09-28-2007 5:42 AM

2 topics that I think are usually glossed over in the other books are multithreading and building custom panels.  Maybe not appropriate for a beginner book, but their absence keeps the other books as mear academic discussions rather than something useful in real world apps.  Would love a book that focused squarely on those topics.

Connor Peterson wrote re: A WPF Book?
on 09-28-2007 9:26 AM

Color code samples, like Adam Nathan's

Dan wrote re: A WPF Book?
on 09-28-2007 8:14 PM

Mr. Eisenberg,

Perfect timing. I was looking for a WPF windows client book for beginners and came across your blog.  The WPF books I've seen to date do not provide a complete real world working example.

Simple analogy - you teach someone how to use a hammer,

screwdriver, saw , chiesel, drill etc. Now it's time to build something and call it your own !  

Perhaps Will's suggestion could be addressed in a second book.

Why limit yourself to writing just one book ? As for Connor's comment - color is good - except if you're color blind.

David Kelley wrote re: A WPF Book?
on 11-23-2007 4:47 PM

I'm in the middle of writing a book on Silverlight for designers and developers and I'm not sure its worth the money.  I have talked with a lot of authors that seem pretty worn on the whole process.  I'm not sure how far you are so far but I hope it goes well.  For me I think its more or less a labor of love.  and as to suggestions.  For me I like things in small simple chunks that are self contained and work.  both of these have been issues with books before that I have picked up...  (and put down)

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