Alessandro del Sole’s new e-book, WPF Debugging and Performance Succinctly was released on Monday, July 31. Below is a short interview with del Sole about his new book and its subject. You can download the e-book here.
When did you first become interested in this subject?
I was an early adopter of WPF and I started with this technology back in 2006 with its very first release. It was a time when Visual Studio tools for WPF were still offered as an external extension and design-time tools where very basic. I remember the first book I wrote about WPF in Italian was published in 2007; I really loved this technology from the very beginning.
By writing this e-book, did you learn anything new yourself?
I think authors learn something new every time they write an article or book. In this case, the book was written while Visual Studio 2017 was being released and therefore I had the chance to learn new debugging features in the new version of the integrated development environment, such as my favorite feature, called Run-to-Click.
How will this subject change over the next few years?
Microsoft is still investing in evolving WPF so, in my opinion, new versions of Visual Studio will offer even more powerful debugging tools. These will probably not be specific to WPF, as I imagine more cross-platform development in the future, but productivity will certainly be the main focus.
Do you see the subject as part of a larger trend in software development?
For the last six or seven years, WPF has been the technology of choice for building Windows desktop applications with .NET. The adoption of WPF around the world has not been very fast, but personally, I see many companies making new investments in WPF and maintaining existing WPF solutions and this makes sense since Windows desktop development is still extremely important. Debugging is a fundamental part of software development, and this book is the perfect companion for developers working on WPF on small, medium, and enterprise projects.
What other books or resources on this topic do you recommend?