User Interfaces in C#: Windows Forms and Custom Controls

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Apress, Oct 4, 2002 - Computers - 624 pages

User Interfaces in C#: Windows Forms and Custom Controls goes beyond simply covering the Windows Forms namespaces by combining a careful treatment of the API with a detailed discussion of good user-interface design principles. The combination will show you how to create the next generation of software applications using the .NET Framework. After reading User Interfaces in C#: Windows Forms and Custom Controls, you'll know how to design state-of-the-art application interfaces, as well as how to extend .NET controls, create data-binding strategies, program graphics, and much more.

This book contains the following: An overview of how to design elegant user interfaces the average user can understand. A comprehensive examination of the user interface controls and classes in .NET. Best practices and design tips for coding user interfaces and integrating help

Although this book isn't a reference, it does contain detailed discussions about every user interface element you'll use on a regular basis. But you won't just learn how to use .NET controlsyou'll learn how and why to extend them, with owner-drawn menus, irregularly shaped forms, and custom controls tailored for specific types of data. As a developer, you need to know more than how to add a control to a window. You also need to know how to create an entire use interface framework that's scalable, flexible, and reusable.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1Creating Usable Interfaces
1
Chapter 2Designing with Classes and Tiers
23
Chapter 3Control Class Basics
57
Chapter 4Classic Controls
83
Chapter 5Forms
143
Chapter 6Modern Controls
201
Chapter 7Custom Controls
259
Chapter 8DesignTime Support for Custom Controls
309
Chapter 10MDI Interfaces and Workspaces
399
Chapter 11Dynamic User Interface
435
Chapter 12GDI+ Basics
465
Chapter 13GDI+ Controls
501
Chapter 14Help and ApplicationEmbedded Support
531
Chapter 15
561
Chapter 16
587
Copyright

Chapter 9Data Controls
349

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Matthew MacDonald is an author, educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He is a regular writer for developer journals such as Inside Visual Basic, ASPToday, and Hardcore Visual Studio .NET, and he's the author of several books about programming with .NET, including User Interfaces in VB .NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls, The Book of VB .NET, and .NET Distributed Applications. In a dimly- remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics. Send e-mail with praise, condemnation, and everything in between, to p2p@prosetech.com.

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