March 29, 2011 Leave a comment
I am studying for my MCPD exams, which I am taking in 2 weeks. Because the official exam guide is so horrible, I picked up a couple more more books. The first is Illustrated WPF by Solis. I made it through page 141 before giving up. I then opened WPF Programmer’s Reference by Stephens. I made it through page 178. Both books suffer from the same problem – they don’t teach WPF. Rather, they introduce all of the concepts of WPF in a subject-specific way. For example in Solis, Chapter 5 Layout, then Panels, then the StackPanel, then the wrapPanel, etc… Each section has an illustration or two with a basic code snippet that you can read. The problem is that I (and most people) don’t learn computer languages like this – it is equivalent to reading MSDN cover to cover. I draw on my experience from Ivor Horton’s Beginning C++ or Doug Wright’s Beginning VB6. Those books were more tutorial based with exercises to encourage the reader to have his/her hands on the keyboard.
I have one more book WPF4 Unleashed by Nathan. I am not optimistic. I’ll give the book a creditable try but I am already thinking about an application I can write to teach myself the concepts. I hope I can get it done by my self-imposed exam deadline.