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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 7. Creating Visually Appealing User Interfaces

While it is simple to add form elements to a View, it takes somewhat more to produce an application that looks visually appealing. Luckily, WPF provides us with many features that can help us to achieve this goal, such as gradient brushes, rounded corners, opacity control, layered visuals and animations.

In this chapter, we'll be looking at a number of ways of using these elements to greatly improve the visual aspect of our applications. We'll investigate solutions that are simple to implement, using style properties, and others that will take more work, such as animations and custom controls.