Sunday, September 03, 2006

Why some people do not like the book "Windows Forms 2.0 Programming"

Why some people do not like the book "Windows Forms 2.0 Programming"

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Forms-Programming-Microsoft-Development/dp/0321267966/ref=pd_sim_b_4/102-8993671-5704963?ie=UTF8

"Windows Forms 2.0 Programming" is one of my favorite. However, I recently accidentally read the comments in amazon for it; I noticed some negative comments, which prompted me thinking (I did not post on amazon; there are sufficient positive comments already).

The reason is that this book is not a “tutorial” book; it is an insight-summary book for all msdn on winform. It is in the same category of “CLR via C#”, “effective C#”, etc., but its “domain” is on winforms.

The problem is that nowadays, winforms are perceived “easy”. So, all books on it are perceived "easy".

It is not an easy book, contrary to its appearance. It can be complemented with the following -- which is not easy either ;-) -- but combining them together makes them easier, or even "easy"):

Data Binding with Windows Forms 2.0: Programming Smart Client Data Applications with .NET

http://www.amazon.com/Data-Binding-Windows-Forms-2-0/dp/032126892X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b/102-8993671-5704963?ie=UTF8


Which first? That is an "hen or egg" question -- but if you really want to push it, I would say, for holistic learners (i.e. book worms), Windows Forms 2.0 Programming is the first book.

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