Chapter 1. Foundations

In this chapter we will cover the following:

  • Creating custom type instances in XAML
  • Creating a dependency property
  • Using an attached property
  • Creating an attached property
  • Accessing a static property in XAML
  • Creating a custom markup extension
  • Handling routed events

Introduction

Any attempt at mastering a technology, any technology, requires a good understanding of its foundations. This understanding makes it possible to grasp the more complex aspects of that technology; Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is no different.

In this first chapter, we'll discuss recipes concerning the very foundations of WPF – what makes it tick—and also along the way, what makes it unique.

XAML

The first noticeable facet of WPF is XAML (eXtensible Markup ...

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