Join Walt Ritscher for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching, part of Microsoft XAML: 3 Type Converters and Resources.
- [Instructor] What should you know before beginning this course? This XAML course is a continuation of a multi-part series on XAML, Micorosoft's Extensible Application Markup Language. XAML is an 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.
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'll need for the course. I also suggest you install the latest updates for Visual Studio 2015. That is Update 3. 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.
The example application code for the course is in C Sharp. So naturally I'll be working with solutions and projects that contain code. I usually program in C Sharp, so that's the language I'll use in the course. I assume that you know .NET and C Sharp. For this course, a grounding in .NET types and type members like Properties and Events is helpful. If you want to learn more about C Sharp, there is a playlist on our website that lists all of the relevant C Sharp courses. XAML is based XML, so that suggests that you should have a basic understanding of XML. If XML is knew to you, I suggest you search our site for some courses to help you learn this important markup language.
In particular, you should look at namespaces, elements, and attributes. This course is a part of the series on XAML. I encourage you to watch the other courses to discover the fundamentals of XAML.
- Creating custom type converters
- Creating custom markup extensions
- Adding parameters
- Using resources
- Working with styles, colors, data, and templates in resources
- Creating resources
- Locating resource files
- Loading resource files