Join Walt Ritscher for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching, part of Microsoft XAML Fundamentals 1: Core Concepts.
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- [Instructor] What should you know before beginning this course? This is an introduction to the Extensible Application Markup Language, the first course in a multi-part series. XAML is a XML variant, so you can edit the XML in any text editor. I'll be working with the XAML tools in Visual Studio, which means we'll spend the majority of the course working inside the Visual Studio application. Therefore, some experience with Visual Studio, the full-featured Microsoft developer IDE, is a plus. In this course, I'll be working with Visual Studio 2015, but the XAML tools are also available for Visual Studio 2013 and earlier versions.
To be clear, 2015 has the best XAML tools, so I recommend you get a copy. The free Community edition has all the tools you need for the course. There are a number of courses available to help you learn how to work with Visual Studio. This playlist is available on our site. It lists all the Visual Studio 2015 courses in our catalog. If you need a refresher on how to install Visual Studio, watch this video from one of my other Visual Studio courses. The example application code for the course is C#, so naturally, I'll be working with solutions and projects that contain code.
I usually program in C#, so that's the language I'll use in this course. I assume that you know .NET and C#. For this course, a grounding in .NET Types and type members like properties and events is helpful. If you wanna learn more about C#, there is a playlist on our website that lists all the relevant C# courses. XAML is based on XML, so you know what that means. You should have a basic understanding of XML. If XML is new to you, I suggest you search our site for some courses to help you learn this important markup language. In particular, you should know about namespaces, elements, and attributes.
- What is XAML?
- What frameworks use XAML?
- Working with XAML and Visual Studio
- Exploring XAML namespaces
- Instantiating objects
- Subscribing to events
- Using XAML in Windows Presentation Foundations, Universal Windows, and more