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Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation

By : Sheridan Yuen
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Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation

By: Sheridan Yuen

Overview of this book

Windows Presentation Foundation is rich in possibilities when it comes to delivering an excellent user experience. This book will show you how to build professional-grade applications that look great and work smoothly. We start by providing you with a foundation of knowledge to improve your workflow – this includes teaching you how to build the base layer of the application, which will support all that comes after it. We’ll also cover the useful details of data binding. Next, we cover the user interface and show you how to get the most out of the built-in and custom WPF controls. The final section of the book demonstrates ways to polish your applications, from adding practical animations and data validation to improving application performance. The book ends with a tutorial on how to deploy your applications and outlines potential ways to apply your new-found knowledge so you can put it to use right away.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation
About the Author
About the Reviewer
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Chapter 2. Debugging WPF Applications

When our WPF programs don't work as expected, we need to debug them, as we would with any other language. However, at first it can seem to be a daunting task, as WPF is very different from other languages. For example, when declaring a Dependency Property, we normally add a CLR property wrapper for convenience. However, the WPF Framework won't call it when the property value is changing, so we'd wait a long time for a break point in that setter to be hit.

When we're testing our newly developed code, we need to be able to check the values of our data bound properties, and there are a number of ways to do that, although some are far from obvious. In this chapter, we'll investigate a number of important sources of information to help us to locate the mistakes in our code.

We'll discover a variety of tactics to help us when debugging the data bound values and find out how to track down the actual cause of a problem when faced with the dreaded XamlParseException...