Item description for Windows Forms Programming with C# by Erik Brown...
The new C# language and Internet software services have received much of the attention surrounding Microsoft's new .NET environment. However, Microsoft has also redesigned the way Windows desktop applications will be created and deployed in the future. Intended as a tutorial for C++ and Java programmers at all levels, this book shows how C# and the .NET framework can be used to develop Windows applications with .NET. As a way to demonstrate how Windows Forms applications are constructed, the book provides a chapter-by-chapter guide to building an image application to view, share, and manage digital photos stored on a hard drive or on removable media. Also discussed are Visual Studio 7.0, C# language syntax and usage, Windows Forms controls, ADO.NET, and other topics vital to the creation and deployment of Windows applications in this new environment.
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Decent Step-by-Step Tutorial for Windows Forms Jul 10, 2007
This is a decent step-by-step book for programming using Windows forms in C#. The entire book is well written in a tutorial format. Plenty of examples present key how-to-use features of the Windows forms. It's an excellent entry level book for GUI programming with C#. However, as some reviews mentioned, the details on some specific topics, such as progress status bar and the multi-threading, are missing.
Buyers/Readers be aware: this book is a bit out of date. The examples in the contents are different from you will find in Visual Studio 2005 or later.
Tedious Apr 27, 2006
This book might be useful to a beginner with no experience who needs step-by-step guidance for even the simplest things, but for anyone else it is tedious at best.
The text is needlessly wordy, and the presentation of certain information is regrettable. For example, the properties, methods, and events of each control are listed in a table; but the items are presented in alphabetical order rather than by order of importance or frequency of use. No context is provided about the C# language or the use of Windows in an a production environment.
Even a beginner could learn more easily by experimenting and reading the documentation that comes with Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. And there are much better books on the market.
I'm sending my copy to the recycle bin.
Doesn't play well with VS 2005. Feb 19, 2006
I love this book and when I upgraded to Visual Studio 2005 I picked it up again to re-do all of the examples. I knew there would be some changes but Microsoft changed Menus considerably more than I expected in VS 2005 and I was left slogging through the mud in Chapter 3. I finally gave up because I don't have the time to spare. I understand a new version of this book has gone into production and may be on the shelves in April 2006. I plan on buying the new book.
A Book That Understands Its Readers Feb 15, 2006
Most programming books takes two routes: a.)they shorthand the explanations of the code in keep things moving at lively pace or b.) they give such a lengthy, terse description of every line in the code that you could die of old age just thinking about it.
"Windows Forms Programming with C#" brings just the right balance that is oh-so-rare in programming books. It explains everything that happens, but is also brisk enough to keep you from being bored.
The book builds, almost exclusively, a single image viewer application where you get to apply nearly every one of the dozens of Windows Form components. An explanation or every form component, it's attributes, and it's uses are explored in this book, but without being overly academic.
Another great feature are the conventions used in this book. A lot of programming books add little notes and factoids that really contribute nothing. In this book, there are class explanations and action-results tables that are surprisingly well used.
There really isn't anything bad to say, except for that the code does use some Hungarian notation at times (an area of irritation for some). Windows Forms are going to be an important topic for as long as the eye can see, and if you want to learn everything there is to know about them, this is easily the book of choice to read.
O what a book, give me more Mar 24, 2005
I don't care if you've been coding for years, if your moving to .Net and are learning the basics of c# and the framework, you won't find a better starting place.
I've had a few attempt at .Net, but this book lays out in a clear and precise way what you need to know to get you started. I would suggest its a cover to cover type of book, building on previous examples that are easy to follow, developing an application that touches all concepts of "Windows Forms (desktop)" development. If you want to write n-Tier, ADO.Net ASP.Net or Web Services apps then there are other books out there, but you need a base to build from and this is the book to provide you with that knowledge.
Thank you Erik for providing the best computing book I've read in 10 years, and I've read a few.