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Learn Enterprise WPF with XAML from Scratch

Learn how to create a powerful Windows application with rich UI on WPF platform.
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What Will I Learn?
Compose complex layouts
Harness the full power of controls
Apply data binding
Create bindable properties
Create and apply custom templates
Create and apply resources
Make UI looking stylish
Develop full-fledged WPF applications
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  • You should already be familiar with the basics of C#

Learn deeply the concepts and tools that you will need to build fully functional UI-applications with the modern UI-building framework, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Teaching Approach

No fluff, no ranting, no beating the air. I esteem your time. The course material is succinct, yet comprehensive. All important concepts are covered. Particularly important topics are covered in-depth. For absolute beginners I offer my help on Skype absolutely free, if requested.

Take this course and you will be satisfied.

Build a strong foundation in WPF with this course

Today, almost all applications have rich UI, console applications are very specific. Learning the essentials of WPF puts a powerful and very useful tool at your fingertips. Being familiar with WPF will make it absolutely easy to move to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) if needed, because these technologies rely basically on the same principles and they are both XAML-based.

Content and Overview

This course is primarily aimed at beginner to intermediate developers. It provides solid theoretical base reinforced by tons of practical material.

WPF is a very wide platform and it’s impossible to cover all its features in a single course, or in a single book. That’s why this course includes all the topics needed for the developing of a full-fledged Windows UI-application, sacrificing some advanced topics such as interoperation with Windows Forms, skinning, creating custom markup extensions etc.

The most beneficial aspect of this course is that it gives you the deep understanding of the platform. For example, you will understand how the layout process really works. It helps to compose XAML quicker. Sometimes you’ll find yourself baffled by the events system of WPF without deep understanding of how it really works.

In short, the course covers the following topics:

  • Basic notions of UI-development
  • Controls
  • Layout
  • Data-Binding
  • Core-Types of WPF
  • Events and Dependency Properties
  • Templates
  • Resources
  • Styles
  • User Controls
  • Custom Controls
  • WPF application model (threading model, app life-cycle)

In the end we will recap what you have learned and you will try to understand where you have to go further with intention to master your skills. Here we will have a discussion of different paths you can go on.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners to quickly start developing Windows apps with rich UI
  • Any experienced WPF-developer who would like to refine their knowledge in the platform
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 106 Lectures Collapse All 106 Lectures 03:40:00
10 Lectures 30:47
How to Ask Questions

Welcome to the course "Learn Enterpeise WPF with XAML from Scratch"! 

In this lecture I'll reveal the list of topics you are going to learn.

Preview 03:29

This lecture is about advantages of WPF framework. Windows Forms is still alive. So you have to make a choice.

Preview 03:22

In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the WPF Architecture: its layers and responsibility of that layers. This is important think for overall understanding of what WPF is in essence.

Preview 03:03

Whether WPF is alive? This lecture answers this question!

Preview 01:15

What is the relationship between .NET and WPF today?

.NET and WPF

Support and great Tooling are very important things of any framework and WPF is not an exception. Learn more about how Visual Studio and Blend support WPF.

Support and Tools

This topic is kind of optional to learn. It is not connected with WPF directly on a half. But I encourage you to learn this lecture, because it gives you the understanding of some basic notions like "Pixel", "Aspect Ratio", "Independent Resolution in WPF" and so on.

Basics of UI-development

In this lecture you'll see XAML in Visual Studio in action.

XAML Basics


Intro Quiz
6 questions
19 Lectures 39:38

This module is all about WPF controls. We are going to talk about buttons, Expander, GroupBox, Slider, ProgressBar and many other controls.


This lecture shows the overall hierarchy of WPF controls.

Class Hierarchy

This lecture shows the overall WPF buttons classes hierarchy.

Buttons Intro

You'll see WPF buttons in this lecture in practice: how ToggleButton works, regular Button, CheckBoxes, RadioButtons.

Preview 08:25

In this lecture you'll see the diagram which shows the hierarchy of Headered Content Controls.

Headered Content Controls Intro

In this lecture you'll see two WPF Headered Content Controls: GroupBox and Expander.

Headered Content Controls Demo

In this lecture you'll see the diagram which shows the hierarchy of WPF Range Controls. Range Controls are controls which represent a value within the allowed range.

Range Controls Intro

Slider is a Range Control which allows to its users to set\change a value by dragging a thumb.

Preview 02:47

This lecture shows in practice a ProgressBar. Usually, it is used for displaying the progress of a long-running task.

ProgressBar Demo

In this lecture you'll be acquainted with Items Controls. The classes hierarchy is shown.

Items Controls Intro

In this lecture I'll introduce Selectors. Selectors allow to select indexed items. In the following lectures you'll get acquainted with ComboBox, ListBox and TabControl as the most commonly used selectors.


Look at a ComboBox - control which has a dropdown box.

ComboBox Demo

Look at how to use ListBox with a DataTemplate in practice.

ListBox Demo

In this lecture you will look at a TabControl which separates content by pages.

TabControl Demo

TreeView Demo

In this lecture you will learn how to use text controls such as Label, TextBox and TextBlock (which actually is not a control).

Text Controls Demo: TextBlock, TextBox, Label

In this screen cast you will learn the features of the Image control. We are not going to look at this control in a separate lecture. You'll see this Control many times throughout the course.

Image Control

This lecture shows Menu, StatusBar and ToolBar.

Menu Controls Demo: Menu, Toolbar, StatusBar


Controls Quiz
16 questions
20 Lectures 33:17

WPF is a unique framework and it introduces its own unique two-stage layout process. In this module you'll learn how layout process really works. Also, you'll learn how to position and size UI-elements, how to arrange UI-elements using Panels.


In this lecture you will learn on which WPF Core Types the layout is based on.

Preview 01:05

Learn the two-step layout process implemented in WPF.

Layout Process Intro

Layout Process Demo

In this lecture you'll see what properties are responsible for sizing UI-elements in WPF.

Sizing UI-Elements Intro

In this lecture you'll see how sizing works in practice. Do you know about ActualSize property?

Preview 04:04

Learn about positioning UI-elements in WPF. You'll learn how to use Alignments.

Positioning UI-Elements Intro

In this lecture you'see in practice how Horizontal, Vertical, HorizontalContent and VerticalContent Alignments work in practice in WPF.

Positioning UI-Elements Demo

ViewBox is a control which supports scaling of its content.

ViewBox Intro

In this lecture you'll see in practice how Stretch and StretchDirection works.

ViewBox Demo

You'll get acquainted with the panel's base class "Panel".


In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the Canvas panel which provides absolute positioning of its child elements.

Canvas Intro

In this lecture you'll take a brief look at the Canvas panel which provides absolute positioning of its child elements.

Canvas Demo

In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the WrapPanel panel which provides arranging its child elements into stacks with wrapping.

WrapPanel Intro

In this lecture you'll take a brief look at the WrapPanel panel which provides arranging its child elements into stacks with wrapping.

WrapPanel Demo

In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the DockPanel panel which provides docking of its child elements to the sides of a panel.

DockPanel Intro

In this lecture you'll take a brief look at the DockPanel panel which provides docking of its child elements to the sides of a panel.

DockPanel Demo

In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the GridPanel panel which provides arranging child elements by rows and columns.

Grid Intro

In this lecture you'll take a brief look at the GridPanel panel which provides arranging child elements by rows and columns.

Grid Demo


Layout Quiz
8 questions
Properties and Events
8 Lectures 16:55

Learn the difference between Logical and Visual trees.

Logical and Visual Trees

Learn the features of a unique WPF properties system.

DependencyProperty Intro

This lecture shows how to create and use an attached property in practice.

DependencyProperty Demo

This lecture reveals the algorithm of determining the value of a DP.

Calculating the Value of a Dependency Property

WPF introduces its own unique event system. WPF events called "Routed Events" because they can bubble and tunnel.

Routed Events Intro

In this lecture you'll learn the peculiarities of bubbling, tunneling and direct events in WPF.

Preview 06:08


Properties and Events Quiz
5 questions
Data Binding
13 Lectures 31:18

Data Binding is a very powerful feature of WPF. This module is all about Data Binding. In this lecture I'll outline the topics of this module.


Learn the main properties of the Binding type.

Preview 02:13

In this lecture you'll see how bindings work in practice. How to bind one element's dependency property to another.

Basic Data Binding Scenario

Learn the ways of setting the Source object.

Source Object Intro

WPF provides several ways of setting the connection between the source and target objects. Learn how to set Source using StaticResource, how to set DataContext and how to use RelativeSource markup extension in practice. 

Source Object Demo

In this lecture you'll get acquainted with the INotifyPropertyChanged interface.

Changes Notification

In this lecture you'll be introduced to the ObservableCollection. It provides notifications of collection changes.

Binding to a Collection


WPF introduces Converters in order to build a bridge between incompatible types.

Converters Intro

Learn how to create your own Binding Converter and how to apply it to a binding.

Converters Demo

WPF supports asynchronous bindings, because everything nowadays is asynchronous.

Asynchronous Binding

I'll show in this lecture how WPF application is hanging when a data binding performs long running task and how to fix such a problem using Asynchronous Binding.

Asynchronous Binding Demo


Data Binding Quiz
7 questions
10 Lectures 12:06

WPF Resource system is extremely important. Bindings, Styles, Templates, gosh... almost everything is based on WPF Resources in WPF.


Learn which build actions you can set to work with resources. You'll see the following options: Content, Resource, EmbeddedResource.

Binary Resources Intro

Learn how to use build actions in practice. You'll see the following options: Content, Resource, EmbeddedResource. You'll see how to retrieve an image from the EmbeddedResource.

Binary Resources Demo

Almost all declared resources in WPF are Logical Resources.

Logical Resources Intro

Look at an example of logical resources in WPF.

Logical Resources Demo

In this lecture you'll learn what Static and Dynamic resource markup extensions mean. How and when to use them in practice in WPF.

Preview 01:02

WPF has a complex system of properties and events. This fact leads to a complex algorithm of calculating the final value of Dependency Properties.

Resources Lookup

ResourceDictionaries are supported by WPF intrinsically. Resources are always reside in Resource Dictionaries.

ResourceDictionary Intro

In this demo you'll see how to use add and how to work with resource dictionaries in WPF.

ResourceDictionary Demo


Resources Quiz
7 questions
Styles, Triggers, Templates, Skins
10 Lectures 20:33

WPF provides super powerful features: 

  • Styles to make applications looking cool
  • Triggers to enhance different behavioral and looking aspects
  • Templates to completely restyle WPF controls
  • Skins to completely restyle applications on the fly

Styles are used to make WPF applications look, well, stylish. They help to aggregate properties with setters in order to reuse them as Styles.

Styles Intro

In this lecture you will learn how to create and apply styles in practice.

Preview 06:17

In this lecture we will introduce WPF Triggers. They are used to make UI-elements reactive.

Triggers Intro

In this lecture you'll learn how to create and apply all kinds of triggers: 

  • Property Trigger
  • Data Trigger
  • Event Trigger
Triggers Demo

WPF Controls are "lookless". In order to define a custom look you can use templates.

Templates Intro

In this demo you'll learn how to create and apply a custom template in WPF.

Templates Demo

Skin is not a concept of WPF. Skin is a set of styles and templates which can be applied to the application in the runtime.

Skins Intro

This demo shows how to change skins in WPF on the fly (in the runtime).

Skins Demo


Styles, Triggers, Templates, Skins Quiz
5 questions
User Controls and Custom Controls
5 Lectures 08:34

In this module we are going to look at User Controls and Custom Controls. These features allow us to reuse WPF UI-related code.


In this lecture you'll learn how to decide whether you should use either a User or Custom control.

Difference Between User and Custom Controls

In this lecture you'll see a practical example of retrieving a chunk of reusable XAML-code and reusing it as a UserControl.

UserControl Demo

In this demo you'll see how to create your own button in WPF, which provides the new property CornerRadius.

Custom Control Demo


User and Custom Controls Quiz
2 questions
WPF Application Model
11 Lectures 27:01

In this module I'll outline the topics of this module. WPF has its own application model, which is quite similar to Windows Forms.


In this lecture you'll learn how WPF application starts and where is the Main entry point.

Preview 02:11

I'll introduce here the startup process of WPF applications.

Application Startup Intro

I'll introduce here the shutdown process of WPF applications.

Application Shutdown Intro

Look at WPF application life cycle events in practice.

Startup and Shutdown Demo

In this lecture you'll learn what is STA and how WPF manages UI-threads and UI-elements ownership.

Preview 02:17

In this demo you'll see how threading works in practice in WPF applications.

Threading Model Demo

In this lecture you'll learn what is Global Exceptions Handling and what is the purpose of this approach.

Preview 02:51

In this demo you'll see how to handle global exception events to prevent your WPF application from crash and to log exception information.

Global Exceptions Handling Demo


WPF Application Model Quiz
12 questions

You can download source code for this course here.

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About the Instructor
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I'm thankful enough for that I love what I do.

I began my career as a postgraduate student participating in Microsoft ImagineCup contest.

I've been working with .NET platform since 2003. I've been professionally architecting and implementing software for nearly 7 years, primarily based on .NET platform. I'm passionate about building rich and powerful applications using modern technologies. I'm a certified specialist in Windows Applications and Service Communication Applications by Microsoft.

"If it's work, we try to do less. If it's art, we try to do more." - Seth Godin.

What I can say is that software is my art.

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