I have started working on WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) since a couple of weeks and been going through some learning. WPF has been around for a long time (probably since .NET 3.0 time frame). What I am trying to post in this blog post is a list of readings which are recommended by my colleagues and the one which I found through reading on-line.
Suggestions and on-line readings:
2. Keep UI layer as thin as possible. No data manipulation in xaml.cs(as much as can be avoided). UI layer should be dumb. Move all complex data logic to view model.
3. Try to use data binding in xaml file as much as possible. Avoid adding code in xaml.cs file(C# layer for the UI should be thin). Instead add those UI logic in xaml file itself.
4. Use data converters
5. Keep the styles and data templates separate from the layout as much as possible. Then use those as StaticResource / DynamicResource wherever applicable. This ensures better reusability.
6. Define custom controls whenever necessary. Default controls may not always be perf-efficient.
8. One can find good tutorials on PluralSight.com
9. WPF Interview Question – This has real good questions which gives you an overview of various high level topics in WPF
10. XAML Guidelines
11. XAML Guidelines and Best Practices – This link has points to channel9 videos on XAML Guidelines
Once you get a good hang of these concepts, you would have real fun working on some good UI.
As a request always. Please do share links to interesting WPF UI examples/samples/blogs/new-concepts etc which you came across.