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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
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Chapter 4. Becoming Proficient with Data Binding

In this chapter, we'll investigate the data binding syntax that is used to connect our data sources to our UI controls. We'll examine how to declare Dependency Properties, along with all of the various options that we have when doing that. We'll find out about the scope of declared bindings and unravel the finer details of data templates. Let's start at the beginning.

It is the data binding in the WPF that enables it to work so well with the MVVM pattern. It provides the connection for two-way communication between the View and the View Models components. Yet this abstraction can often lead to confusion and make tracking down problems more difficult than when using traditional methods of UI to business logic communication.

As data binding is such an important part of the MVVM pattern, we'll cover this topic thoroughly, from the basics to advanced concepts. We'll ensure that we are able to fulfil any binding requirements that we may receive.