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Introduction to WPF Using Visual Basic
Rev. 1.1
.NET Training Overview

This course introduces Windows Presentation Foundation or WPF (“Avalon”), the new .NET technology from Microsoft for building rich Windows applications. It was originally part of .NET 3.0, previously called “WinFX” by Microsoft. WPF includes an XML-based markup language for defining program elements, Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). WPF applications can be created using only code or a combination of code and XAML pages. This course covers the essentials of WPF, providing an orientation to this technology and a firm foundation for creating applications. The course is current to .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008.

WPF is a complex technology that can have a steep learning curve. This course approaches the subject in a practical manner, introducing the student to the fundamentals of creating Windows applications using the features of WPF. It includes coverage of both traditional concepts such as controls and binary resources and new concepts such as XAML, flexible layout, logical resources, dependency properties, and the loosely-coupled command architecture of WPF.

The course is hands-on with many example programs and lab exercises.

.NET Training Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy and architecture of WPF
  • Create Windows applications using the classes provided by WPF
  • Understand the principles of XAML and create applications using a combination of code and XAML
  • Use the layout features of WPF to create flexible and attractive user interfaces
  • Implement event and command-driven applications with windows, menus, dialogs, toolbars, and other common user interface features
  • Use resources in your WPF applications
.NET Training Prerequisites

A working knowledge of Visual Basic and the .NET Framework

.NET Training Course duration

3 days

.NET Training Course outline

1. Introduction to WPF
 
Why WPF?
What Is WPF?
.NET Framework 3.5
WPF Overview
Application and Window
A Simple WPF Application
Using Visual Studio 2008
Brushes
Panels

2. XAML
 
Role of XAML
Elements and Attributes
Namespaces
Property Elements
Type Converters
Content Property
Collections
XAML and Procedural Code

3. WPF Controls
 
Button
Label
TextBox
ToolTip
RadioButton
CheckBox
ListBox
ComboBox

4. Layout
 
Sizing
Positioning
Transforms
Canvas
Drawing Shapes
StackPanel
WrapPanel
DockPanel
Grid
Scrolling
Scaling

5. Dialogs
 
Message Boxes
Win32 Common Dialogs
Custom Modal Dialogs
Custom Modeless Dialogs

6. Menus and Commands
 
Menus
Context Menus
Icons on Menu Items
Commands
Keyboard Shortcuts
Disabling Menu Items
Checking Menu Items

7. Toolbars and Status Bars
 
Toolbars
Toolbars and Commands
Status Bars

8. Resources and Dependency Properties
 
Resources in WPF
Binary Resources
Logical Resources
Static versus Dynamic Resources
Dependency Properties

Appendix A. Learning Resources

System Requirements

The following software is required:

  • A version of Windows that supports the .NET Framework 3.5. This includes Windows XP with at least Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista.
  • The .NET Framework 3.5.
  • Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition or higher. Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition can also be used.
A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a 1 GHz or better CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and at least 4 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware.

See the appropriate course Setup Guide for details.


 
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