Thank you for picking up WPF 4.5 Unleashed! Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is Microsoft’s premier technology for creating Windows desktop apps, whether they consist of plain forms, document-centric windows, animated cartoons, videos, immersive 3D environments, or all of the above. WPF is a technology that makes it easier than ever to create a broad range of applications. It’s also the basis for XAML-based Windows Store apps.

Ever since WPF was publicly announced ten years ago (with the code name “Avalon”), it has gotten considerable attention for the ways in which it revolutionizes the process of creating software—especially for Windows programmers used to Windows Forms and GDI. It’s relatively easy to create fun, useful, ...

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