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Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Developer’s Handbook by Klaus Löffelmann and Sarika Calla Purohit

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What’s So New About WPF?

My good friend and colleague, Marcus, once told me that what he hates most about computer books is that they don’t just get to the point and describe issues or problems in a step-by-step manner, using simple examples. (He was also referring directly to the rough draft of the text you are reading right now.) As he pointed out at that time, he was two pages into the chapter, and he still didn’t have a clue how to draw a simple line on the screen with WPF; how hard could that be? Maybe he’s right, but at the same time he obviously hasn’t understood the very basics of WPF, because his question by itself already shows that he assumes that the WPF rendering engine works similarly to what he knows; for example, a line can become ...

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