WPF and Silverlight enablers

.NET 3.0 introduced new toolkits for thick and thin client development, which included Silverlight for thin client development and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) for thick client development. At the heart of these new frameworks were features that allowed for much greater separation of concerns, including the following:

  • A rich data binding system
  • A commanding infrastructure
  • Support for data templates
  • A rich styling system

We will cover these features shortly, but for now it's important to know that these features in WPF and Silverlight made MVVM a practical reality as it provided the framework support needed for separating the view state and view logic from the view without requiring the overhead of writing property ...

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