Chapter 1: Introducing WPF

In This Chapter

check.png Taking a first look at WPF and what it can do for you

check.png Working with XAML

check.png Building your first WPF application

check.png Comparing XAML to C#

WPF, or Windows Presentation Foundation, is a graphical system for rendering user interfaces. It provides great flexibility in how you can lay out and interact with your applications. With Common Language Runtime (CLR) at its core, you can use C# or any other CLR language to communicate with user interface elements and develop application logic. The advantages of WPF for your application are its rich data binding and visualization support and its design flexibility and styling.

WPF enables you to create an application that is more usable to your audience. It gives you the power to design an application that would previously take extremely long development cycles and a calculus genius to implement. Now you can implement difficult things like graphics and animations in as few as three lines of code!

This chapter introduces you to key WPF concepts as well as common application patterns used in the software industry ...

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