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Expression Zune Borderless Window Behavior

Expression Zune Borderless Window Behavior

Building a Metro UI with WPF - moodmosaic (Nikos Baxevanis) Have you ever used the Zune software? I guess so, but I haven't until version 4.7.1404.0 came out. This version comes with significant changes: Windows Phone 7 support and integration with Windows Live Essentials 2011 among other. When I first run the software I got amazed by the user interface (UI). I told to myself, "this must not be WPF, no way!". Since the UI is not built with WPF then what kind of technology did the Zune team used? Great, so Zune software is a managed application, or better, if it's an unmanaged application at least it hosts the CLR in it's process. Followed by a quick view with Reflector: As you can see, the root namespace is Microsoft.Iris . Is it possible to build a similar UI with WPF? The first difficulties came when setting the WindowStyle enumeration to None. The image above is not what we want. How can we move the window? By adding a Shape (ex. a Rectangle ) and registering on it's PreviewMouseDown event: // Is this a double-click? How can we resize the window?

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XAML Dialog Control: Enabling MVVM and Dialogs in WPF Download sample - 42.12 KB Introduction Wouldn't it be great if you could use dialogs like any other control in XAML? That is, drop in a <Dialog> element and have a modal dialog window appear? This would let Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) programs show dialogs without touching the XAML's code behind; a feat not currently possible with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Background True proponents of MVVM believe that MVVM applications should have no substantial code behind for XAML files. Using the Code The dialog control is defined in the "DialogControl" folder of the sample code. xmlns:dialog="clr-namespace:MVVMDialogSample.DialogControl" Then add the Dialog as a child control. After adding the control to your XAML, a window may appear. Run the code and a window will appear with the content "Hello World!". Much more interesting is to set or bind the Content property to a complex object. Then, set a trigger on the Dialog which shows the dialog only when it has Content. Points of Interest

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Instant Websites for Nonprofits | Bellstrike Showing Dialogs When Using the MVVM Pattern Download source - 187 KB Contents Introduction This article will address one of the problems a developer might run into when using the MVVM pattern, namely opening dialogs from ViewModels. There already exist some solutions exploring this area, but none of them seem to be widely accepted among the MVVM community. My Interpretation of MVVM I am possibly sticking my neck out here, but I would like to state some of my own interpretations of the MVVM pattern: The fundamental core is the separation of UI and logic. The Dialog Service The concept of letting services handle relations between the ViewModel and View seems to be the most accepted solution. The actual implementation of IDialogServiceis is DialogService. The design is pretty straightforward. The View is now remembered by the dialog service. Showing a Dialog from a ViewModel There exist two overloads for using the ShowDialog method. What Now? I would like to hear your thoughts about the idea. History 5 October 2010: Code update.

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