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Press Release: September 4, 2007

Programming WPF, Second Edition--New from O'Reilly: Get Up to Speed on Windows Presentation Foundation

Sebastopol, CA--"The next generation of applications is going to blaze a trail into the unknown," insists Chris Sells, co-author of the second edition of Programming WPF (O'Reilly, $49.99). "And WPF represents the best of the control-based Windows and content-based web worlds... I can't tell you where we're going to end up, but with this book, I hope to fill your luggage rack so we can make the journey."

Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation expert Sells along with his coauthor Ian Griffiths aim to get readers up to speed on WPF--the technology needed to build applications that take full advantage of the user interfaces in Windows Vista and Windows XP. By page two, users learn how to write a simple WPF application. And by the end of Chapter 1, they'll have toured all of WPF's major elements.

Fully updated for the official release of WPF, this second edition of Programming WPF includes new chapters on navigation, text and documents, printing and XPS, and 3D graphics. Also included is a new appendix that covers Microsoft's recently announced Silverlight platform for delivering richer UIs through standard web browsers--much like Adobe Flash. Content from the first edition has been significantly expanded and modified to include:

  • Scores of C# and XAML examples that show you what it takes to get a WPF application up and running, from a simple "Hello, Avalon" program to a tic-tac-toe game
  • Insightful discussions of the powerful new programming styles that WPF brings to Windows development, especially its new model for controls
  • A color insert to better illustrate WPF support for 3D, color, and other graphics effects
  • A tutorial on XAML, the new HTML-like markup language for declaring Windows UI
  • An explanation and comparison of the features that support interoperability with Windows Forms and other Windows legacy applications

WPF represents the best of the control-based Windows world and the content-based web world, and this new edition of Programming WPF developers bring it all together.

Advance Praise
"I've had the good fortune of having many conversations with Chris [Sells] over the years about the nuances of WPF--sometimes on the phone, sometimes in his office (it's across the hall from mine), and sometimes at the poker table... This book has taught me a whole lot more."
--Don Box, Architect, Microsoft

Chris Sells is a program manager for the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft. He's written several books, including Windows Forms 2.0 Programming and ATL Internals (both Addison-Wesley), along with the first edition of Programming Windows Presentation Foundation, (O'Reilly).

Ian Griffiths is an independent WPF consultant, developer, speaker, and Pluralsight instructor. He maintains a popular blog at, and he is coauthor of Windows Forms in a Nutshell and Mastering Visual Studio .NET.

More information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and samples

Programming WPF, Second Edition Building Windows UI with Windows Presentation Foundation Chris Sells, Ian Griffiths
ISBN: 0-596-51037-3, $49.99 USD
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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