Seeing Data

Series
Addison-Wesley
Author
Rebecca M. Riordan  
Publisher
Addison-Wesley
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
544
Pub.-date
July 2004
ISBN13
9780321205612
ISBN
0321205618
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Description

Why do so many computer programs have such poorly designed user

interfaces? The most likely reason is that most developers have no training in

how to design good graphical user interfaces (GUIs.) Microsoft has included

many helpful tools in the .NET Framework for interface design. Many books

on .NET have a few pages or at most a chapter on these tools. But until now

there has not been a book that shows how to use these tools in detail in the

context of sound UI design principles. This book is intended for experienced

programmers with a basic knowledge of application development and database

systems, but no formal training in the basics of interface design. Acknowledged

database design expert Rebecca Riordan calls upon her years of experience in

the field to give developers just the right combination of theory and practical

information to help them design interfaces that will be easy to use. She includes

lots of sample code that readers can take and insert into their own programs,

saving them time and money. All code in the book is written in Visual Basic

.NET; C# versions are available on the book's companion web site.

Features

The first comprehensive guide to building successful User Interfaces using the .NET Framework

° User Interface (UI) design is one of the most important parts of application development, yet it is one of the least understood

° Gives detailed, practical information on how to use .NET's UI tools, but also places that in the context of sound UI design theory

° Author is a well-known expert on database design and development

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

I. THE BASICS.

1. Interface Design.

Terminology.

The Principle of Interface Design.

Graphic Design.

2. .NET Graphic Objects.

GDI+ Primitives.

Pens and Brushes.

Using the Graphics Object.

The ControlPaint Class.

3. Typography.

The Architecture of Type.

Families and Faces and Fonts (oh my).

Using Fonts.

Windows Fonts.

4. Color.

Understanding Color.

Using Color.

Color Models.

Color in the .NET Framework.

5. Images in the .NET Framework.

Using Images.

Images in the .NET Framework.

6. ADO .NET Data Binding.

Binding Control Properties.

Synchronized Binding.

II. REPRESENTING ENTITIES.

7. Entity Types.

The Entity-Relationship Model.

Simple Entities.

Complex Entities.

Displaying Multiple Entities.

8. Simple Layouts.

Window Basics.

Primary Windows.

Secondary Windows.

9. Complex Layouts.

Complex Form Design.

Panel Structures.

Coordinated Structures.

10. Displaying Forms.

Laying Out Forms.

Anchoring and Docking Controls.

Resizing Forms.

Displaying Forms.

III. REPRESENTING ATTRIBUTES.

11. Complex Attributes.

Get it Right.

Logical Values.

Date and Time Values.

Binary Objects.

12. Numbers and Text.

Numeric and Monetary Values.

Text Values.

13. List Controls.

Using List Controls.

ListBox and CheckedListBox Controls.

The ComboBox Control.

The DomainUpDown Control.

TreeView.

14. Grid Controls.

Using Grid Controls.

The ListView Control.

The DataGrid Control.

IV. INTERACTING WITH THE USER.

15. Managing Data Display.

Navigating through Data.

Managing Data Entry.

Managing Data Persistence.

16. Command Widgets.

Button Widgets.

Menus.

Menu Conventions.

Toolbars.

17. User Assistance.

Types of User Assistance.

Functional Principles.

Providing Passive Assistance.

Providing Reactive Assistance.

Providing Proactive Assistance.

18. Database Integrity.

Theoretical Foundations.

Implementing Constraints and Rules.

Validation Techniques.

Using the ErrorProvider Control.

19. Sorting, Searching, and Filtering.

Sorting.

Searching.

Filtering.

20. Reporting.

Designing Reports.

Managing Reports.

Implementing Reports.

V. BUILDING APPLICATIONS.

21. Interface Architectures.

Architectural Paradigms.

Implementation Architectures.

22. User Customization.

Using Control Panel Settings.

Implementing Customization.

Persisting Application States.

23. Installation.

Windows Conventions.

Visual Studio Setup Projects.

Glossary.

Index.

Back Cover

“Rebecca provides an invaluable resource to help developers focus on a commonly overlooked but vital part of an application-the user experience.”
         -David Sceppa, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

“Rebecca Riordan takes UI programming and practices to new heights. She has gone byond simply explaining the theory behind UI programming practices, providing code samples that are practical, well-documented, and can be immediately incorporated into a development project.”
         -Wendy Chun, AVP/Product Development, SunGard Insurance Systems

“Riordan has produced what is THE reference guide on user interface design in .NET. Serious developers and beginners alike will learn both design techniques that can put applications over the top and pitfalls to avoid.”
         -Kelly J. Martens, Manager, Information Systems and Development, JJ Koepsell Company

Build Outstanding User Interfaces with .NET: Principles, Techniques, and Code

Nowadays, users and clients demand exceptionally usable software. But few developers are trained to create high-quality user interfaces, and few .NET books offer much help-until now.

In Seeing Data, Microsoft MVP Rebecca M. Riordan shows how to use .NET's advanced UI tools to build applications that reflect today's interface design best practices. She offers visual examples, code, and techniques for every .NET project.

Writing for experienced .NET developers, Riordan introduces core principles of effective interface design-including focus, flow, alignment, proximity, contrast, and consistency. She demonstrates how to architect databases for better usability, and how to build more effective form layouts. Next, she systematically tackles user interaction, showing how to:

  • Help users navigate DataSets, manipulate data, and generate reports
  • Utilize menus, toolbars, buttons, and Help systems
  • Enforce data integrity
  • Simplify installation and customization

Riordan covers essential technical underpinnings ranging from GDI+ Managed Classes to ADO.NET data binding. She presents dozens of Visual Basic .NET examples-all designed for easy, quick reuse, and downloadable from the book's companion Web site, along with C# equivalents.



Author

Rebecca M. Riordan has more than fifteen years of experience designing and developing databases and other applications. She is a Microsoft MVP and a frequent speaker at conferences, including Microsoft TechEd. She is the author of many books, including Seeing Data: Designing User Interfaces for Database Systems Using .NET (Addison-Wesley, 2005). Her other highly respected books include Designing Relational Database Systems (1999), Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming Step by Step (2000), and ADO.NET Step by Step (2002), all published by Microsoft Press.