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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
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What is an application framework?

In the simplest terms, an application framework is comprised of a library of classes that together, provide the most common functionality required by an application. By using an application framework, we can vastly reduce the amount of work and time that is required to create the various parts of the application. In short, they support the future development of the application.

In typical three-tier applications, the framework often extends through all layers of the application; the Presentation Layer, the Business Layer, and the Data Access Layer. In a WPF application using the MVVM pattern, we can therefore see aspects of the application framework in all three components of the pattern; the Models, the View Models, and the Views.

Apart from the obvious benefits of the reduced production times and effort involved in creating our application components, application frameworks also provide many additional benefits. Typical application frameworks promote reusability...