If you want to build application 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.
This shows you how to:
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.
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. The book focused on application and not web custom controls.