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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.
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Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation
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Data binding to enumeration collections

We've already seen a number of examples of data binding to enumeration instances. We've seen converters that we can use to convert our enumeration values and Extension methods that we can use to extract additional information from each member. Earlier in this chapter, we even saw a full but basic example using our BitRate enumeration. Now, with our new-found knowledge, let's see how we can improve that earlier example.

As noted, in the previous example, we manually declared a RadioButton control for each of our enumerations. While that is fine for our three member enumeration, it wouldn't make so much sense to use this method if we had a large number of members. Instead, let's think about how we could use a DataTemplate to declare how each member should be rendered. Let's remind ourselves how we declared each RadioButton in the previous example.

<RadioButton Content="16 bits" IsChecked="{Binding BitRate, 
  Converter={StaticResource EnumToBoolConverter...