This course provides the necessary skills and techniques to design and create rich desktop applications using WPF and Visual Studio 2015; in particular it uses the Test-Driven-Development approach in labs and the Model-View-View-Model pattern.
The course is presented as a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises (in C#).
Those intending to design, build and test a WPF application. If you are taking the Microsoft certifications (70-511) then everything in this course is relevant.
Please note - this course makes use of digital courseware, so two monitors will be required for each delegate. If you are attending this course remotely you will need to ensure that this setup is possible and works before attending.
- Delegates should already have experience of using the C# programming language; this can be gained by attending QA's C# programming language course. The course uses Visual Studio 2015, but experience with VS2010 onwards would be sufficient. Delegates should also already have experience of LINQ and be familiar with the Code First approach of Entity Framework6 (or higher)
- It is not required to have knowledge of Windows Forms programming
- This course is ideal for Developers and Team Leaders who will be using Windows Presentation Foundation and the Microsoft .NET Framework to write and deploy Windows applications.
The WPF technology is a major departure from Windows Forms and presents a whole new take on constructing desktop applications and as such, employs a number of design strategies which you can't really cherry-pick. To make an effective and maintainable WPF application, the designer has to be able to call on all of these. This course ensures the developer has a good grasp of these interlocking strategies and when/how to use them.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Create and manage Windows Presentation Foundation projects.
- Appreciate the Unit Test approach as a design tool. In fact the whole course uses Unit Test in this manner throughout.
- All but simple WPF applications suffer from ever increasing complexity. This course uses MVVM throughout as a pattern to manage this.
- Use panel controls to layout the user interface
- Use Data Templates, understand the whole data binding story and understand how and when to use Dependency and Attached Properties
- Use WPF Commanding in the context of MVVM
- Appreciate the role of Dependency Injection (Unity)
- Understand Converters
- Understand Validators
- Use Styles and Templates. Most developers in a corporate environment will be supplied with a set of styles and templates. This course covers how they are constructed but does not explore every nuance of them
- User Controls
- The build-in Filtering, Sorting and Grouping controls and how to apply your own templates to their 'look'
- Integrate WPF and EntityFramework6
- Create animations and use a combination of triggers and behaviors to control them. Again, like Styles and Templates, this is more of an introduction rather than a 'heavy sell'.
- Deploy WPF applications
Module 1 : A Brief Tour around WPF
- WPF Key Features
- XAML and its WPF-specific extensions
Module 2: Unit Test
- Testing is not optional!
- The Test-Driven cycle
- The Unit Test Mindset and its use as a Design Tool
- Mocks and Stubs
- MSTest and Nunit
- How Unit Test, MVVM and Mocking all fit together
- NCrunch (note this is not a mandatory tool on the course, but it is very convenient)
Module 3: Layout and MVVM
- Layout essentials
- The Panels - Grid, StackPanel etc
- The Cider Editor and how to use it effectively
- Some handy Visual Studio windows
- Visibility and Z-Order
- Introducing some controls
- The Unit Test Scenario and an introduction to Data Binding, Data Context and binding errors
Module 4: Data Templates
- Data Templates
- Data template Selectors
- Master Detail lists
Module 5: Commands
- Routed Events
- The parts of a command
- BuiltIn commands
- Commands in MVVM and the RelayCommand
- Dialog boxes in MVVM
Module 6: Data Dependency Injection
- DI Framework
- Take control of startup
- Constructor and Property injection
- DI and Unit Test
Module 7: More Data Binding
- The Design-Time experience
- Update SourceTrigger
- The Observable Collection
Module 8: Converters
- BuiltIn converters
- The straight-through converter
- Conditional formatting
Module 9: Validation
- Field-level and Form-level validation
- The ValidationRule
- The Error Template
Module 10: Dependency Properties and Attached Properties
- The need for smart properties
- The WPF additional needs
- The Dependency Tree
Module 11: Styles and Templates
- More resources
Module 12: User Controls
- Packaging as User Controls
- The need for Dependency Properties in User Controls
Module 13: Filtering Sorting and Grouping
Module 14: Diagnostics
- Straight-Through Value Converter
- Debugging settings
- Diagnostics trace
- Break on Binding Error
Module 15: Entity Framework
- DataBinding using EntityFramework
Module 16: Animations
- Animation fundamentals
- Triggers in XAML
Module 17: UI Automation
Module 18: Deployment
- Conventional .msi deployment
- Using Click-Once deployment with WPF