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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 5. Using the Right Controls for the Job

In this chapter, we'll first consider the existing controls that WPF offers us and look at how we can use them to create the layouts that we require. We'll investigate the many ways that we can modify these controls to avoid the need to create new controls.

We'll examine the various levels of functionality that are built into the existing controls and then discover how to best declare our own controls when required. We'll take an in-depth look at the various options that we have and determine when best to use each. Let's jump straight in and take a look at the various layout controls.