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GDI+ Custom Controls With Visual C# 2005
Author: Iulian Serban

Publisher: Shroff/packt
ISBN: 9788184042429
Pages: 276
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"If you want to build custom controls with C# but you don't know where to start, or you are intimidated by the huge amount of information that needs to be absorbed, then this book is for you. This friendly tutorial is based on numerous examples with real-world applicability, and includes a case study featuring the development of a fully functional PieChart control.

Showing you how to use the free Visual C# 2005 Express Edition environment to develop your controls, GDI+ Custom Controls with Visual C# 2005 will teach you how to create professional, reusable custom controls for your desktop applications in no time.

What you will learn from this book

Understand the basics of custom controls
Use GDI to draw your own controls
Implement double buffering to speed up your forms
Add printing functionality to your custom controls
Handle the mouse events to improve the user experience
Offer design-time support for programmers using your control
Design intuitive interfaces for your users


Throughout the book the emphasis is on using examples to illustrate concepts and techniques. Code is shown in detail, and explained thoroughly. The examples themselves are intended to be both intructional and useful in their own right.

Who this book is written for

This book has been written with the intermediate C# developer in mind. Assuming a working knowledge of C#, the book teaches you how to implement custom controls using Visual C# 2005 Express Edition and all other versions of Visual C#, and GDI+ with .NET 2.0

About the Authors

Iulian Serban is a software architect who started programming at a very young age. He evolved through a lot of programming languages including Pascal, Delphi, C++ Builder, Visual C++ with MFC and finally .NET and C #. By the age of 17 he started working for Syncfusion, one of the largest .NET control builders in the US, writing code for professional custom controls. Nowadays he devotes most of his spare time to his own IT business, which is set to release significant software projects soon.

Dragos Brezoi started programming to create an application for processing and adding extra effects to his guitar's sound. Several years after, he got a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, and is now researching for a Ph.D. in Advanced Automatics. Dragos currently works as a programmer for Mikon Systems, developing industrial software. His skills cover a wide area of specialization from PLC and DSP programming to SCADA, OPC, and DCS solutions. At this moment he is creating professional human-machine interfaces, with a focus on developing advanced custom controls with C#.

Tiberiu Radu has been working with computers for over 10 years now, programming in a wide range of languages including Pascal, C/C++, Visual Basic, Delphi, and C#. As a Microsoft Student Partner in the Microsoft Academic Program, he's devoting a lot of time to many .NET-related technologies. Tiberiu is in the last year of studies with the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest. While researching for his own IT security business, he developed skills in embedded programming and new web technologies, and is seeking new and innovating networking security solutions.

Adam Ward works for a communications technology company in Derby, England. Adam excels in experimental programming techniques and has a particular interest in high-speed algorithms and graphical methods. His professional work is based in a varied Research and Development environment and he thrives on tasks requiring innovation, skill, and fine-tuning. He has also been involved in experimental coding collaborations showcasing the power of C#. Away from work, Adam is turning his attentions to Linux systems and especially cross-platform programming under .NET-compatible systems."