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XAML in a Nutshell

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When Microsoft releases Windows Vista, the new operating system will support applications that employ graphics now used by computer games?clear, stunning, and active. The cornerstone for building these new user interfaces is XAML ("Zammel"), the XML-based markup language that works with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Vista's new graphics subsystem.

An acronym for Extensible Application Markup Language, XAML offers a wealth of new controls and elements with exciting ...

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Overview

When Microsoft releases Windows Vista, the new operating system will support applications that employ graphics now used by computer games—clear, stunning, and active. The cornerstone for building these new user interfaces is XAML ("Zammel"), the XML-based markup language that works with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Vista's new graphics subsystem.

An acronym for Extensible Application Markup Language, XAML offers a wealth of new controls and elements with exciting capabilities, including animation and rendering of 3D graphics. Windows developers are already jazzed by the possibilities of using XAML for fixed and flow format documents like PDF and HTML, 2D and 3D vector-based graphics, form development, animation, audio and video, transparent layering, and a lot more. Many feel that XAML will eliminate the need for multiple file formats or plug-ins (read: Flash), while lowering development costs and reducing time to market.

The problem is, most developers don't know XAML. While it is fairly easy to understand, you still need a quick guide to bring you up to speed before Vista's release, and that's where this book's simple, no nonsense approach comes in.

XAML in a Nutshell covers everything necessary to design user interfaces and .NET applications that take advantage of WPF. Prerequisites such as Microsoft's new unified build system, MSBuild, and core XAML constructs and syntax—including shortcuts—are all presented with plenty of examples to get you started. The Core XAML Reference section lets you dig even deeper into syntax rules and attributes for all XAML elements with a series of quick-reference chapters. This section divides XAML elements into logical categories of elements, controls, shapes and geometry, layout, animations, and transformations for easy reference.

XAML in a Nutshell helps you learn, firsthand, how to use this XML-based markup language to implement the new generation of user interface graphics. As one reviewer noted, "Strong code examples and an efficient, conversational style take the tedium out of learning XAML and make the subject understandable—even interesting."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596526733
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori MacVittie is currently a Senior Technology Editor with Network Computing Magazine. In past lives she has been a software developer, a network administrator, and an enterprise architect specializing in web-based technologies. Through the course of her career she has nearly coded her way through the alphabet, starting with Apple BASIC, hitting "L" for LISP while consulting for Autodesk, and is currently on the letter "Y". Lori holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and lives with her husband and children in the technological mecca of the midwest, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Copyright;
Preface;
Who Should Read This Book;
What This Book Covers;
Organization;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
Comments and Questions;
Safari® Enabled;
Acknowledgments;
Part I: Introducing XAML;
Chapter 1: Introducing XAML;
1.1 The Benefits of XAML;
1.2 What XAML Is Not;
1.3 XAML Development Resources;
Chapter 2: Getting Started with XAML;
2.1 XAML Prerequisites;
2.2 Defining XAML Applications;
2.3 Building XAML Applications;
2.4 XAML Applications and Visual Studio;
Part II: XAML Concepts;
Chapter 3: The Basics of XAML;
3.1 Core XAML Syntax;
3.2 Elements;
3.3 Attributes;
3.4 Attached Properties;
3.5 Binding Properties;
3.6 codebehind;
Chapter 4: Layout and Positioning;
4.1 StackPanel and DockPanel;
4.2 Using Width and Alignment;
4.3 Margins and Padding;
4.4 Grid;
4.5 Absolute Positioning;
Chapter 5: Resources;
5.1 Using Resources;
5.2 Using Styles;
5.3 Triggers;
Chapter 6: Storyboards and Animations;
6.1 Storyboards;
6.2 Controlling Animations;
6.3 Animation Using Key Frames;
Part III: Core XAML Reference;
Chapter 7: Elements;
Chapter 8: Controls;
8.1 Base Control Reference;
8.2 Common Event Reference;
8.3 Core Control Reference;
Chapter 9: Shapes and Geometry;
Chapter 10: Layout;
Chapter 11: Animations and Transformations;
Chapter 12: Events;
12.1 Routing Strategies;
12.2 Event Argument Reference;
12.3 Event Reference;
Part IV: Appendixes;
Appendix A: System.Windows.Controls;
Appendix B: System.Windows.Documents;
Appendix C: System.Windows.Shapes;
Appendix D: System.Windows;
Appendix E: System.Windows.Media;
Appendix F: System.Windows.Input.ApplicationCommands;
Appendix G: Predefined Colors;
Appendix H: XAML Interface in Code;
About the Author;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a .NET developer and/or user-interface designer that is familiar with HTML and the basics of XML? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Lori MacVittie, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that gives the reader a broader sense of the XAML market. MacVittie, begins by providing you with a quick introduction to XAML and includes a list of references to tools available for developing XAML applications. Then, she details the system prerequisites and basics necessary to begin developing and building XAML applications. The author continues by describing the core XAML syntax and delves into the types of elements used to create XAML applications. Next, she details how to position individual elements using a variety of techniques, including panels and absolute positioning. Then, the author provides an overview of resources, focusing on the use of global resources to create a customized look and feel for your interface. She continues by detailing the mechanisms available for animating XAML elements. Next, she details and provides examples for the basic elements used within XAML, including Brush and Pen, ListItem, and elements used for text decoration, such as Inline, Bold, and Italic. The author continues by detailing the control elements available within XAML, such as Button, CheckBox, ImageViewer, and Expander. Then, she explains the differences between shape and geometry classes and details the Shape and Geometry elements available within XAML. Next, she details the XAML elements used to lay out user interfaces such as Grid and Panel, and describes supporting elements such as Trigger, Style, and Border. The author continues by detailing the types of animations and transformations available to XAML elements. Finally, she explains the WPF event system and details the events available to XAML elements. This most excellent book gives the reader a quick reference to XAML with examples. In other words, this book provides documentation of all core components and presents detailed discussions on features such as animation, resources, and layout that will jump-start you on your way to becoming a XAML developer.

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