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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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Animating along a path

There is one further method of animating property values in WPF. Using PathFigure and PathSegment objects, we can construct a PathGeometry object and then animate a property value according to the X, Y and/or rotation angle values of the path.

As this method is primarily used for animating objects along a complex path and therefore not aimed at typical business applications, we will cover only the basics of this functionality here. As with the other kinds of animation classes, there are different path animation types that manipulate different CLR types. Path animation classes follow the naming convention <Type>AnimationUsingPath.

Each <Type>AnimationUsingPath class has a PathGeometry property that we can use to specify a path to animate along, using an object of type PathGeometry. In order to take advantage of the ability to animate the path X and Y values in addition to the rotation angle, we need to use a MatrixTransform element. Let's see an example of...