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Fundamentals of XAML and Microsoft Expression Blend

Course Overview


Fundamentals of XAML and Microsoft Expression Blend 3-day course covers core and essential XAML skills. The learner will gain valuable experience developing XAML code in both Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4. Fundamentals of XAML and Microsoft Expression Blend course teaches the beginner and intermediate tasks that enable the learner to build the foundational skills required to develop professional Silverlight 4 and WPF applications (for the Web, Windows desktops, and Windows Phone 7 devices). The course will include hands-on labs that comprise approximately 50% of the classroom time and enable the student to learn the essential XAML programming tasks that are the building blocks of real-world applications.

Course Content


Binding in XAML

  • Introduction to XAML-Based Applications
  • Tools for Designing and Developing XAML-Based Applications
  • Anatomy of a XAML-Based Application

Lab :Getting Started with XAML-Based Application Development

  • Creating a 'Hello World' WPF Application
  • Creating a 'Hello World' Silverlight Application
  • Using the Expression Blend 4 and Visual Studio 2010 Development Environments
  • Exploring the Expression Blend 4 Development Environment

Creating Vector Graphics with Expression Studio 4

  • Creating Vector Graphics with Expression Blend 4
  • Creating Vector Graphics with Expression Design 4
  • Importing Vector Graphics into Expression Blend 4

Lab :Creating Vector Graphics with Expression Studio 4

  • Creating a Silverlight Application and Website by using Microsoft Expression Blend 4
  • Creating an Expression Design 4 Background
  • Distorting Text on a Path
  • Using Expression Design 4 Files in Expression Blend 4

Laying out a XAML-Based Application

  • Organizing Controls in the User Interface
  • Adding and Manipulating Controls

Lab : Laying out a XAML-Based Application

  • Adding TextBlocks and Buttons to MainPage.xaml
  • Using the Grid
  • Adding a Hyperlink to the Grid
  • Adding a Button to the Grid
  • Testing the Application
  • Adding Backgrounds to MainPage.xaml and DesignMode.xaml (as time permits)

Developing and Debugging XAML-Based Applications

  • Developing WPF Applications
  • Developing Silverlight Applications
  • Hosting Silverlight Applications
  • Debugging XAML-Based Applications

Lab : Developing and Debugging XAML-Based Applications

  • Creating HTML Hosting Pages
  • Customizing the App.Xaml Code-Behind File in Visual Studio 2010
  • Debugging a Silverlight Application
  • Retrieving URL Parameters in the App.xaml Code - Behind File
  • Using URL Parameters in the Application
  • Designing the Greeting Card Page (optional)
  • Adding Code to Display Values From the URL

Creating Controls Programmatically and Working with Media Files

  • Creating and Using Controls Programmatically
  • Working with Media Files

Lab : Creating Controls Programmatically and Working with Media Files

  • Creating Controls Programmatically
  • Building a Video Player

Working with Resources, Styles, Control Templates, and Behaviors

  • Working with Resources
  • Working with Styles and Control Templates
  • Working with Actions, Triggers, and Behaviors

Lab : Working with Resources, Styles, Control Templates, and Behaviors

  • Using Resources in Expression Blend 4
  • Changing a Property Using a Conditional Behavior
  • Calling Methods from a Conditional Behavior
  • Using XAML Styles
  • Using XAML Control Templates

Implementing Transforms, Animations, and Visual States

  • Transforms in XAML-Based Applications
  • Animations in XAML-Based Applications
  • Implementing and Working with Visual States

Lab : Implementing Transforms, Animations, and Visual States

  • Preparing Objects for Animation
  • Creating and Playing a StoryBoard
  • Using Visual States for the Video Page
  • Adding a Visual State for the Video Controls
  • Controlling States Programmatically

Binding in XAML

  • Property Binding in XAML-Based Applications
  • Data Binding in XAML-Based Applications

Lab : Binding in XAML

  • Binding Controls
  • Creating a Master/Detail View in WPF

Prototyping Applications by Using SketchFlow in Expression Blend 4

  • Prototyping Applications with SketchFlow
  • Packaging and Reviewing Prototypes Developed with SketchFlow

Lab : Prototyping Applications by Using SketchFlow in Expression Blend 4

  • Creating an Expression SketchFlow Application
  • Creating SketchFlow Screens
  • Configuring the Login Screen
  • Configuring the Card Gallery Screen
  • Packaging the SketchFlow Solution
  • Performing the Client Role
  • Performing the Developer Role

Customer Reviews


Thanks to Xpertised and the tutor who walked me through all the topics with Practical exposure which is helping me in my current project.
-Waseem

Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.
-Tanmoy

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