Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation for Visual Basic Developers

5 days

Course Overview

Windows Presentation Foundation for VB Developers shows you how WPF really works. It provides you with the no-nonsense, practical advice that you need in order to build highquality WPF applications quickly and easily.

Prerequisites

Previous knowledge and experience of developing applications with VB.NET.

Course Outline

Introducing WPF

  • The Evolution of Windows Graphics
  • WPF: A Higher-Level API
  • Resolution Independence
  • The Architecture of WPF
  • WPF 4

XAML

  • Understanding XAML
  • XAML Basics
  • Properties and Events in XAML
  • Using Types from Other Namespaces
  • Loading and Compiling XAML
  • XAML 2009

Layout

  • Understanding Layout in WPF
  • Simple Layout with the StackPanel
  • The WrapPanel and DockPanel
  • The Grid
  • Coordinate-Based Layout with the
  • Canvas

Dependency Properties

  • Understanding Dependency Properties
  • Property Validation

Routed Events

  • Understanding Routed Events
  • Event Routing
  • WPF Events
  • Keyboard Input
  • Mouse Input
  • Multitouch Input

Controls

  • The Control Class
  • Content Controls
  • Specialized Containers
  • Headered Content Controls
  • Text Controls
  • List Controls
  • Range-Based Controls
  • Date Controls

The Application

  • The Application Life Cycle
  • Application Tasks
  • Assembly Resources
  • Localization

Element Binding

  • Binding Elements Together
  • Binding to Objects That Aren’t Elements

Commands

  • Understanding Commands
  • The WPF Command Model
  • Executing Commands
  • Advanced Commands

Resources

  • Resource Basics
  • Resource Dictionaries

Styles and Behaviors

  • Style Basics
  • Triggers
  • Behaviors
  • Shapes, Brushes, and Transforms
  • Understanding Shapes
  • Brushes
  • Transforms
  • Transparency

Geometries and Drawings

  • Paths and Geometries
  • Drawings

Effects and Visuals

  • Visuals
  • Effects
  • The WriteableBitmap Class

Animation Basics

  • Understanding WPF Animation
  • Basic Animation
  • Storyboards
  • Animation Easing
  • Animation Performance

Advanced Animation

  • Animation Types Revisited
  • Key Frame Animation
  • Path-Based Animation
  • Frame-Based Animation
  • Storyboards in Code

Control Templates

  • Understanding Logical Trees and Visual Trees
  • Understanding Templates
  • Creating Control Templates
  • Organizing Template Resources
  • Building More Complex Templates
  • Visual States

Custom Elements

  • Understanding Custom Elements in WPF
  • Building a Basic User Control
  • Creating a Lookless Control
  • Supporting Visual States
  • Custom Panels
  • Custom-Drawn Elements

Data Binding

  • Binding to a Database with Custom Objects
  • Binding to a Collection of Objects
  • Improving Performance in Large Lists Validation
  • Data Providers

Formatting Bound Data

  • Data Binding Redux
  • Data Conversion
  • List Controls
  • List Styles
  • Data Templates
  • The ComboBox

Data Views

  • The View Object
  • Filtering, Sorting, and Grouping

Lists, Grids, and Trees

  • The ListView
  • The TreeView
  • The DataGrid

Windows

  • The Window Class
  • Window Interaction
  • Nonrectangular Windows
  • The Aero Glass Effect
  • Programming the Windows 7 Taskbar

Pages and Navigation

  • Understanding Page-Based Navigation
  • Page-Based Interfaces
  • The Page History
  • The Navigation Service
  • XAML Browser Applications
  • The WebBrowser Control

Menus, Toolbars, and Ribbons

  • Menus
  • Toolbars and Status Bars
  • Ribbons

Sound and Video

  • Playing WAV Audio
  • The MediaPlayer
  • The MediaElement
  • Speech

3-D Drawing

  • 3-D Drawing Basics
  • Deeper into 3-D
  • Interactivity and Animations

Documents

  • Understanding Documents
  • Flow Documents
  • Read-Only Flow Document Containers
  • Fixed Documents
  • Annotations

Printing

  • Basic Printing
  • Custom Printing
  • Print Settings and Management
  • Printing Through XPS

Interacting with Windows Forms

  • Assessing Interoperability
  • Mixing Windows and Forms
  • Creating Windows with Mixed Content
  • The Last Word

Multithreading

  • Multithreading

The Add-in Model

  • Choosing Between MAF and MEF
  • The Add-in Pipeline
  • An Application That Uses Add-Ins
  • Interacting with the Host
  • Visual Add-Ins

ClickOnce Deployment

  • Understanding Application Deployment
  • A Simple ClickOnce Publication
  • Additional ClickOnce Options