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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 9. Completing That Great User Experience

As we have seen, it is easy to add form fields to a View and produce visually appealing and functionally adequate applications. However, it can take a lot more work to provide the end user with an interface that truly ticks all of the boxes. For example, how many times have you clicked on a button in an application and had the whole application freeze while it does some work?

In this chapter, we'll look into solving this problem by using asynchronous programming, along with a number of other ways of improving the user experience of the end user. For example, we'll investigate enabling the users to customize their versions of the application using their own user preference settings.

We'll discuss keeping the users informed, by providing user feedback and update our application framework by adding a feedback system. We'll explore a few alternative methods of providing in-application help files and/or documentation and a number of other ways of...