User Interfaces in VB .NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls

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Apress, Jul 9, 2002 - Computers - 624 pages

User Interfaces in VB. NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls goes beyond simple coverage of the Windows Forms and GDI+ namespaces by combining a careful treatment of the API with a detailed discussion of good user-interface design principles. After reading User Interfaces in VB. NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls, you'll know how to design state-of-the-art application interfaces, 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 your own custom controls. 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 user interface framework that's scalable, flexible, and reusable.


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Chapter 1Creating Usable Interfaces
Chapter 2Designing with Classes and Tiers
Chapter 3Control Class Basics THIS CHAPTER EXPLORES the Control class which provides basic functionality for
Chapter 4Classic Controls
Chapter 5Forms
Chapter 6Modern Controls
Chapter 7Custom Controls
Chapter 8DesignTime Support for Custom Controls
Chapter 9Data Controls
Chapter 10MDI Interfaces and Workspaces
Chapter 11Dynamic User Interface
Chapter 12GDI+ Basics
Chapter 13GDI+ Controls
Chapter 14Help and ApplicationEmbedded Support

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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

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