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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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Creating everyday animations

After covering the wide range of animations that WPF provides, we can see that many of them were designed to enable us to perform animations that emulate real-world situations, rather than to animate form fields in a standard business application. As such, some of the techniques discussed in this chapter are inappropriate for use in our application framework.

However, this does not mean that we cannot create animations to use in our everyday applications. As long as we remember that less is more when it comes to animations in business applications, we can certainly build simple animations into our application framework. One of the best ways to encapsulate these basic animations in our framework is to write one or more custom-animated panels. Let's look at a simple example of an animated StackPanel.

using System; 
using System.Windows; 
using System.Windows.Controls; 
using System.Windows.Media; 
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;