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Windows Presentation Foundation Overview. Greg Smalter Red Stapler Software, LLC. Agenda. Discussion of WPF applicability Demos of WPF using Cider and Expression Blend More discussion on what WPF means for a developer (as opposed to other roles). Benefits.

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Windows Presentation Foundation Overview

Greg Smalter

Red Stapler Software, LLC


Agenda

  • Discussion of WPF applicability

  • Demos of WPF using Cider and Expression Blend

  • More discussion on what WPF means for a developer (as opposed to other roles)


Benefits

  • Markup/code-behind model (like ASP.NET)

  • Excellent layout options and text flow features

  • Access to powerful graphics hardware

  • Certain otherwise-impossible effects are made easy (skewing and rotating textboxes, etc.)


Drawbacks

  • Users are not big fans of having their text boxes skewed and rotated

  • Steep learning curve

  • Confusing scope

  • Does not cover all bases covered by Windows Forms


Developers’ Perspective

  • WPF is not aimed at developers

  • Clearly not geared towards adding elements dynamically through code-behind

    • It is difficult to set some properties on elements (Grid.Row, for example) in code-behind

  • Marks a return to weak-typing


Tools

  • Cider (Visual Studio 2005)

  • Expression Blend

  • XAML Pad

  • 3D tools such as Lightwave can generate XAML.


Comparisons

  • WPF vs. DirectX and GDI+

  • WPF/E vs. ASP.NET AJAX


Other Resources

  • Good, flashy presentation by Filipe Fortes: http://sessions.mix06.com/display_detail.asp?sessionChoice=2001&disc=&pid=NGW030&year=2005

  • Five day course for WPF: http://blogs.msdn.com/karstenj/archive/2006/06/15/my-five-day-course-for-hitting-the-wpf-curve-cliff.aspx

  • Flashy WPF/E demo: http://www.wynapse.com/WPFE/ReflectionBuilder.html

  • Microsoft’s WPF slides: http://wpf.netfx3.com/content/Spreadtheword.aspx


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