User Interfaces in VB .NET
IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, a deluge of.NET books has hit store shelves, each one eager to explain the new programming philosophy of the.NET world. In the excitement, many of these books have left out the tricks and insights needed to really master.NET programming. Part of the problem is that no single work can cover the entire.NET platform-a sprawling, ambitious framework that revolutionizes everything from Internet applications to data access technology. Many.NET books provide a good overview of essential concepts, but they can't deal with the subtleties needed for all types of development. This book represents the start of the second wave of.NET books: closely focused works that give you the insight of experienced developers about a single aspect of.NET programming. User Interfaces in VB.NET: Windows Forms and Custom Controls takes a close look at all the ingredients you can use to design state-of-the-art application interfaces. It also delves into entirely new topics like custom-control design and GDI+, the next -generation painting framework for Wmdows. You won't just learn about anchoring and docking, you'll work with examples that show document view architecture, custom -control layout engines, dockable windows, and hit testing with owner-drawn controls. You also learn how to design irregularly shaped forms, unshackle data binding, and build an integrated help system.
Shows how to create elegant custom controls tailored to your data and application logic Describes the architecture of a well-planned user interface: everything from data binding strategies to document-view architecture with MDI Shows how to create dynamic user interfaces, dockable windows, and your own vector-based drawing program