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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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Utilizing multiple threads

Traditionally, all applications were developed as single threaded applications. However, when long running background processes were running, the application UI would freeze and become unresponsive, because the single thread was busy elsewhere. This problem and other performance bottlenecks led to the current era of asynchronous programming and multi-threaded applications.

In days gone by, creating multi-threaded applications was a complicated matter. With each successive version of the .NET Framework, Microsoft have striven to make this task easier. Originally, we only had the Thread class and then the BackgroundWorker class in .NET 2.0, but in .NET 4.0, they introduced the Task class and in .NET 4.5, they introduced the async and await keywords.

In this section, we will explore the latter methods of multithreading and add functionality to our application framework that will enable us to perform our data retrieval and update actions asynchronously. Let's start by...