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Description - GDI+ Programming in C# and VB .NET by Nick Symmonds

GDI+ is a departure from graphics programming using the Windows GDI API. GDI+ both wraps the arcane API calls and extends them for much easier use. No longer do programmers have to make do with the familiar but very light VB6 drawing model, nor do they have to dig down into the GDI API to get any real work done. Microsoft has come up with a complete, but still extensible, set of classes to help with programmers drawing needs. GDI+ Programming in C# and VB .NET starts out with an explanation of GDI+ and how it relates to GDI. Nick Symmonds also includes a chapter on common ways to draw using VB6 and C++. The book then delves deep into the GDI+ namespaces and classes - basic drawing is discussed first, with later chapters going deeper into more complex drawing. Paths, gradients, alpha blends, matrix operations, and transformations are all explained in understandable detail. Later chapters discuss working with bitmaps and other images, drawing, and printing. The final two chapters are devoted to useful projects that tie up the subject matter of the previous chapters in real world examples. Throughout GDI+ Programming in C# and VB .N ET the author not only explains the different namespaces and classes relating to GDI+, but he also takes time to talk about best practices concerning graphics programming. Woven throughout the book are numerous examples that tie together different aspects of programming in .NET, teaching programmers how to get the best possible speed and efficiency out of their code.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590590355
ISBN-10: 159059035X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: APress
Publisher: APress
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds works for the Integrated System Solutions division of Ingersoll-Rand, developing and integrating security software. He started his professional life as an electronics technician. While getting his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford, he started to gravitate toward programming. Nick has spent quite a few years programming in assembly, C, C++, and Visual Basic. Recently, he has latched onto .NET like a lamprey and loves digging into the .NET core. Nick has written several articles on programming and has three books out: Internationalization and Localization Using Microsoft .NET (Apress, 2002), GDI+ Programming in C# and VB .NET (Apress, 2002), and Data Entry and Validation with C# and VB .NET Windows Forms (Apress, 2003). He lives with his family in the northwest hills of Connecticut and has recently become addicted to golf and road cycling. He also enjoys woodworking, hiking, and exploring the hills on his motorcycle.