WPF courseware and training manuals

At the moment we only have WPF courseware for C#, although we're open to the idea of creating VB courseware for WPF in the future:

You can see details of how to license our WPF courseware (including volume requirements) here.

WPF courseware

Here is a list of all of our WPF manual chapters (you can download the ones marked):

Chapter Sections Subsections
Overview of WPF (2 pages) Overview of WPF WPF Compared with Windows Forms ; Related Software ; Types of WPF Application ; Technologies and Principles Underlying WPF
Visual Studio (10 pages) Setting the Default Start-up Page
Creating Appropriate Settings
Creating Projects
Saving and Closing Files and Projects Closing One Window ; Closing All or Nearly All Windows ; Moving Between Windows ; Saving and Closing a Project
Auto-hidden, Docked and Floating Windows Auto-Hidden Windows ; Docked Windows ; Floating Windows
The Four Most Useful Windows Solution Explorer ; Properties Window ; The Toolbox ; Document Outline ; Displaying the Main Windows
Windows Applications (10 pages) Creating a Window
XAML Comments in XAML ; Commenting Out ; XAML Syntax: Self-Closing Tags and Attributes ; XAML Tags and Elements
Using the XAML Editor Scaling Windows ; Splitting the Screen ; Swapping Panes ; Maximising/Minimising Panes
Customising Windows Setting Window Properties in the Properties Window ; Resizing Windows by Clicking and Dragging ; Setting a Window to Size to Content
Running an Application Changing the Default Window ; Running an Application
Controls (12 pages) Example Using StackPanel
Adding and Naming Controls Adding a Control to a Window ; Naming Controls
The Basic Controls Buttons ; Labels ; TextBlock Controls ; TextBoxes ; Images
Fonts Setting Fonts ; Setting Fonts Globally
Horizontal and Vertical Alignment Aligning Controls within a Container ; Aligning Controls Themselves
Margins and Padding What Margins and Padding Are ; An Example of XAML Margins ; Different Syntaxes for Setting Margins and Padding ; Setting Margins and Alignment in Design View
Borders Simple Control Borders ; Using Border Controls ; Rounded Corners
Selecting controls (4 pages) Our Example – Top Trumps
Document Outline View Viewing the Document Outline Window ; Previewing Items ; Expanding and Collapsing Elements ; Selecting and Changing Multiple Elements
Other Ways to Select Controls Selecting in Design View with the Right Mouse Button ; Selecting in XAML View
Layout Controls (8 pages)

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StackPanel Controls
WrapPanel and UniformGrid Controls WrapPanel Controls ; UniformGrid Controls
Single-Cell Grid and Canvas Controls Single Cell Grids ; Canvas Controls
DockPanel Controls The LastChildFill Property
Controls to Conserve Space ScrollViewer Controls ; TabControl Controls ; ViewBox Controls ; Expander Controls
Two-Dimensional Grids (4 pages) Creating Rows and Column
Sizing Rows and Columns
Displaying Text in Cells Spanning Rows and Columns
Formatting Grids
Coding Window Events (6 pages) Events Some Event Terms
Attaching Code to a WPF Event The Importance of Naming your Control First ; Attaching Code to a Control’s Default Event ; Creating a New Event-Handler for an Event ; Handling an Event with an Existing Routine
Switching from Windows to Code Using the Keyboard ; Using Solution Explorer
Those Strange Event Arguments Argument 1 – The Object that Called the Event ; Argument 2 – The Event Arguments
Running Code on Window Load
Coding in C# (10 pages) Using AutoCompletion Methods and Properties
THIS and ENVIRONMENT Using THIS to Make Typing Easier ; Using ENVIRONMENT to Get Information
Commenting and Uncommenting Code Commenting Out Code
Laying Out Your Code Statements Spanning Multiple Lines ; Indentation of Code ; Using Code Regions
Find and Replace
Handling Syntax Errors Viewing Syntax Errors ; Using the Error List Window ; Showing Line Numbers ; What the Yellow and Green Lines Mean
Displaying Messages The Parts of a Message Box you can Customise
Code Snippets Surrounding Code with a Snippet
Variables and Data Types (16 pages) Why Use Variables?
Declaring Variables Declaring Variables ; Using Modified Hungarian Notation ; Default Values for Variables ; Problems with Declaring Variables within Clauses
Setting Values in Variables Declaring Integer Variables and Adding/Subtracting ; Accumulating Text in String Variables
Variable Data Types Mapping C# Data Types to the CLR Runtime ; A Lazy Person’s Data Types ; Logical Values ; Integers ; Decimal (Floating Point) Numbers ; Strings and Text ; Dates and Times ; Objects
Converting Variables Conversion Using Convert.To ; ToString() – Special Case for String Conversions ; Casting Data Types
Variable Scope
Notes on Working with Specific Data Types Working with Strings ; Escape Characters ; Splitting Strings ; Formatting Dates ; Working with Numbers – Possible Operations
Testing Data Types
Enumerations What are Enumerations, and Why Use Them? ; Declaring Enumerations ; Giving Enumerations Data Type and Values ; Other Examples of Enumerations
Conditions and Loops (6 pages) Conditions Using IF for Conditions ; Using the More Elegant SWITCH statement
Looping in C# Looping Over a Collection/Array ; Looping a Given Number of Times ; Looping While a Condition is True
Breaking Out of Loops
Properties (4 pages) Designing Properties Three Types of Property
Creating Properties Read-Only Property (Product Name) ; Write-Only Property (Results) ; Read-Write Property (Quantity)
Using Properties
Data Structures and Lists (6 pages) Overview Example of List Code
Basic List Commands Creating a List ; Adding Items to a List ; Counting the Items in a List ; Displaying All of the Items in a List (FOR EACH) ; Removing Items from a List
Finding Particular Items in a List The Various Find Methods ; Lambda Expression Syntax for Find Methods ; Getting a Subset of a List – Method 1: Using FindAll ; Getting a Subset of a List – Method 2: Using GetRange
Working with Strings Joining List Items Together ; Splitting Text into a List
Modular Programming (4 pages) What is Modular Code? A Coding Example
Passing Arguments What is an Argument? ; Types of Argument ; Examples of Each Type of Argument
Optional Arguments An Alternative Method: Using Different Signatures
Debugging and Error Handling (10 pages) Catching Errors Syntax of the Try / Catch Statement ; Our Example for Validating Numbers ; Catching Specific Errors
Reacting to Errors
Debugging Setting (and Unsetting) a Breakpoint ; Starting to Debug ; Changing the Next Executable Line ; Stepping Through Code ; Viewing Variable Values ; Stopping Debugging
The Immediate Window Displaying the Window ; Requesting Current Program Information
Other Debugging Tools Conditional Breakpoints ; Watching Variables ; The Call Stack
Line Drawings (6 pages) The Canvas Control
Specifying Colours Specifying Colours and Opacity in the Properties Window ; Specifying Colours in XAML
Line Drawings The Main Types of Line Control ; Rectangles and Ellipses ; Lines ; Polygons and Polylines
Pen Strokes Stroke Thickness and Colour ; Dashed and Dotted Lines ; Line Shapes ; Types of Join
Brushes (10 pages) Overview
Applying a Brush Applying a Brush Using the Properties Window ; Applying a Brush Using XAML
Gradient Brushes in XAML Radial versus Linear Gradients ; Gradient Stops ; Setting Start and End Points (Radial) ; Setting Start and End Points (Linear) ; Filling in the Remainder of Shapes using SpreadMethod
Gradient Brushes using the Properties Window Creating a Gradient Effect ; Adding and Deleting Gradient Stops ; Editing Gradient Stops ; An Alternative: Editing the Brush Directly
Image Brushes Setting an Image Brush ; Stretch Effects ; Tiling Effects ; ViewPorts
Opacity Masks Opacity Masks in XAML View ; Opacity Mask in Properties Window
Transformations and effects (4 pages) Overview of Transformations Types of Transformation ; Grouping Transformations ; Layout versus Render Transforms ; A Practical Example
Bitmap Effects
Styles (10 pages) Overview
Creating Styles Step 1 - Creating a Resources Section ; Step 2 – Add a Style Section ; Step 3 – Add Setters for Each Style ; Changing the Default Font for an Application
Scope of Styles Application-Level Styles ; Window-Level Styles ; Control-Level Styles
Named Styles Creating Named Styles ; Applying a Named Style
Generic Target Types The TargetType Attribute ; Creating and Applying Generic Styles ; Setting Irrelevant Attributes
Style Inheritance Inherited Styles Can Override Properties
Resources (6 pages) What are Resources?
The Resource Hierarchy
Types of Resource Property Resources ; Control Resources ; Data Type Resources
Resource Dictionaries Creating a Resource Dictionary ; Referencing Resource Dictionaries ; The Order of Referencing Matters!
Menus (8 pages) Menu Overview
Creating Menus in the Properties Window or XAML
Customising Menus The Menu Description ; Short-Cut Keys ; Checked and Checkable Menu Items ; Separator Rows
Coding Menus Changing the Border Gradient Colours ; Making Sure the Right Menus are Checked
Context Menus (Right-Mouse Menus) Creating the Context Menu as a Resource ; Using the Context Menu ; The Code Handling the Context Menus
Toolbars (4 pages) Parts of a Toolbar
Our Example Toolbar
Tweaking Toolbar Appearance Controlling Overflow ; Using Separators ; Toolbar Orientation
Simple Binding (8 pages) What is Binding? Technical Terms for Binding Components
Examples of Simple Binding Example: Binding Colours to TextBoxes ; Example: Customising a Rectangle
Binding to Data: ComboBoxes/ListBoxes Using an Array as an Item Source ; Using a List of Strings as an Item Source ; Using Collections (Experienced .NET Coders Only!)
Templates for ListBoxes and ComboBoxes Data for our Example ; Data Templates
Data Context
Binding to databases (12 pages) Our Database Our Example Database: Top Trumps ; The Packs Table ; The Cards Table
DataSets, DataTables and DataAdapters DataSets and DataTables ; TableAdapters
Using Connection Strings Creating an App.Config File ; Editing your App.Config File ; Getting your Connection String in Code ; Adding a Project Reference to System.Configuration
Binding using ADO.NET Setting the Data Context for the Window ; Code to Create the DataSet ; The XAML for the Application
Bound ComboBoxes and ListBoxes
Binding Converters Creating a Converter Class ; Implementing the Converter
DataGrids (12 pages) Overview Advantages of DataGrids over Other Controls
Alternatives to DataGrid Controls Using a ListBox Control ; Using a ListView Control
Basic DataGrids
Manually Specifying Columns Column Widths
Formatting DataGrids Getting Rid of the Extra Row ; Row and Column Headers ; Gridlines and Borders ; Alternating Rows ; Freezing Columns ; Example of Styles and Formats
Sorting DataGrids
Changing Selection Mode Simple or Extended Selection ; Changing the Selection Unit
DataGrid Events Attaching Events to DataGrids ; Getting Information about the Cell/Row/Column
Publishing an Application (2 pages) Publishing or Deploying Applications
Installing a Published Application
Property Triggers (2 pages) Overview of Property Triggers Syntax of a Property Trigger
The Property Triggers for our Examples
Animations and Trigger (10 pages) Our Example
StoryBoards Examples of StoryBoards ; Storyboard Times ; What Happens when Storyboards Finish
Storyboards using Property Triggers EnterActions and ExitActions
Event Triggers and Animations
Stopping, Pausing and Starting Animations An Example of Stopping, Pausing and Resuming Storyboards
Key Frame Animations A Special Case: Animating Strings


  1. Since Wise Owl print courseware double-sided to save trees, the number of physical pages in each chapter is roughly half of the number of sides quoted.
  2. Downloads are provided as examples only, and should not be used or distributed in any way or form without the prior written permission of Wise Owl.
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