A comprehensive guide to creating HLSL pixel shaders for WPF and Silverlight applications
Graphic Shaders are used throughout the game and movie industry to improve onscreen graphics. They are versatile, doing important tasks like making computer rendered aliens look realistic, providing the ripples on a background lake or growing fur on the latest Pixar monster. In the PC world, programmers more » are often delighted to find that shaders are nothing more than a miniature program that is optimized to run on the computers GPU. This happiness fades when they start exploring the strange programming model underlying shaders however. Because shaders are strung together in an unusual fashion and run on a massive parallel processer developers shouldnât use their traditional OO or procedural approach to writing code. Writing effective shaders requires a mind shift regarding how to craft a useful algorithm. To top it off, shaders are written in a unfamiliar C-like language. In the Microsoft DirectX world the dominant language is High Level Shader Language or HLSL. « less
The key features for developing on Microsoft's eagerly anticipated Windows 8 operating system are unveiled in this fast-paced 80-pageprimer. Windows 8 contains the revolutionary Metro application framework for building dynamic and responsive touch-enabled applications that target both desktops and mobile more » devices.
With the official release of Windows 8 looming ever closer, experienced author Adam Freeman invites you to take a crash course in Metro development. Using XAML and C#, he ensures you understand the changes that are being made to Windows development practices and puts you on the right course to creating innovative and elegant applications for this latest evolution of the world's most successful operating system. « less
Building Windows 8 Metro, Web, and Desktop Applications for the .NET 4.5 Framework
With this digital Early Release edition of Programming C# 5.0, you get the entire book bundle in its earliest form - the author's raw and unedited content - so you can take advantage of this content long before the book's official release. You'll also receive updates when significant changes are made, more » as well as the final ebook version.
With its support for dynamic programming, C# 5.0 continues to evolve as a versatile language on its own. But when C# is used with .NET Framework 4.5, the combination is incredibly powerful. This bestselling tutorial shows you how to build web, desktop, Metro and rich Internet applications using C# 5.0 with .NET's database capabilities, UI framework (WPF), extensive communication services (WCF), and more. « less
Full of illustrations, diagrams, and tips with clear step-by-step instructions and real world examples. Gain a strong foundation of WPF features and patterns. Leverage the MVVM pattern to build decoupled, maintainable apps.
Pro Expression Blend 4 is for .NET developers and graphical artists who want to learn the ins and outs of the Expression Blend integrated development environment. You may know already that this tool can be used to build Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 applications; more » however, this book will take you well beyond the basics and provide you with a detailed examination of key Blend topics, including workspace customization, graphics, layout, styles, themes, data binding, and the use of SketchFlow, giving you an excellent understanding of the Blend product and what it can do for you. Over the course of these eight chapters, you will learn numerous techniques to simplify the authoring of XAML using Blend. « less
This book provides examples using the IQuery, ICriteria, QueryOver, and LINQ to NHibernate API's within the context of an example Guitar Store inventory program. The reader is walked through the creation of a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 database, the creation of a Visual Studio 2010 solution consisting more » of 3 projects (a Window Presentation Foundation (WPF), a Console Application, and a Class Library). Each one utilizes the .NET 4.0 framework. Then the reader is walked through the steps required to configure and use the many features available contained within NHibernate 3.2. Further instructions and examples exist for the insertion of parent / child relationships, Session management, entity states (transient, persistent and detached), deletion, caching, and batching. « less
Introducing Silverlight 4 brings you up to speed with version 4 of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. The book builds off your understanding of the basics of .NET coding and WPF, allowing your journey to Silverlight 4 proficiency to be as quick and painless as possible. The text highlights where coding more » techniques are similar to other, more established areas of the .NET framework. Likewise, when your existing coding habits lead you to a syntax or conceptual gotcha, the text points that out, too.
This book provides you with fast-track coverage of all the most important elements of the Silverlight 4 technology ranging from XAML to standard controls, from dealing with media to networking, from testing to deployment. It also reveals features introduced with Silverlight 4 and offers guidance on how to best utilize them. The book concludes with a pair of fully worked sample applications for you to follow through, because nothing reinforces your understanding of how concepts fit together as much as looking at finished code. « less
Effective Application Development with Model-View-ViewModel
WPF and Silverlight are unlike any other user interface (UI) technologies. They have been built to a new paradigm that - if harnessed correctly - can yield unprecedented power and performance. This book shows you how to control that power to produce clean, testable, maintainable code.
It is now recognized more » that any non-trivial WPF or Silverlight application needs be designed around the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) design pattern in order to unlock the technology's full data-binding potential. « less
Visual Basic 2010 boasts exciting new features and capabilities that cement its position as a true object-oriented language and provide you with access to new and better technologies. This invaluable book covers Visual Basic from start to finish and discusses the new enhancements to Visual Basic 2010. more » The team of expert authors explains how VB 2010 can be combined with .NET 4 to build applications using Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms, Visual Studio Tools for Office, and apps and libraries based on the Windows Communication Foundation, the Windows Workflow Foundation, and SharePoint. « less
As you learn about the features that put Silverlight in direct competition with Adobe Flash, such as rich support for 2D and 3D drawing, animations, and media playback, you'll experience the plumbing of .NET and the design model of WPF through Silverlight - all of the same .NET technology that developers more » use to design next-generation Windows applications. MacDonald provides an comprehensive tutorial written from professional developer to professional developer. « less