I just received a call and email from Darren Grech from Readify about the next installment in their Industrial Strength Series.

In February I attended the WCF Master Class with Juval Lowy which I thought was exceptional (since then I have been buried at a customer doing a Proof of Concept which partly explains my silence for the last month :-) ... and while WPF probably isn't as broadly applicable at the moment to a lot of organisations, this training looks just as good.

The only downside for us non-Sydney based folk is that it looks like it is only running in the harbour city :-(... Anyhow ... the ad's below, check it out. You might notice it refers to using WPF Beta 1 ... I assume they have updated the course since WPF went RTM about 4 MONTHS AGO !!! :-)


Applied WPF - Readify's Industrial Strength Series

Sydney, 23rd – 27th April (4 days – excludes Wed 25th)

Click here to secure a seat on the course!

Readify's latest Industrial Strength Series event sees Ian Griffith of Pluralsight delivering this 4-day Applied WPF intensive course which affords experienced .NET developers training in the new programming models and UI features intrinsic to Windows Presentation Foundation, with practical hands-on labs to reinforce the concepts.

Ian Griffiths is a software developer, speaker and author who has written books on Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms and Visual Studio. Based in London, Ian is a highly regarded member of various developer mailing lists and newsgroups. More information about what Ian is up to can be found on his blog at http://www.interact-sw.co.uk/iangblog/.

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly known as 'Avalon') is Microsoft's next-generation presentation layer development platform. (WPF is included with Windows Vista, but can also be installed on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003). WPF allows rich client applications to take full advantage of the graphical capabilities of a modern PC. Its powerful and flexible programming model integrates support for flexible layout, high-quality text, resolution-independent graphics, animation, video and 3D. Whilst it is designed to exploit the full capabilities of today's high-performance graphics cards, it offers high-level abstractions which provide great power to the developer for less development effort than ever before.

Attendees will learn how to build robust, feature complete Windows applications with WPF Beta 1. Attendees will take away many practical samples, and have a good understanding of when to use which features of the new framework.  This course has been designed for developers with experience in .NET who are interested in learning how to develop applications using the Windows Presentation Foundation. Experience programming in either C# or VB.NET using Visual Studio is required. (Experience with Visual Studio 2005 is ideal, but knowledge of Visual Studio .NET 2003 is sufficient.) Knowledge of UI programming such as Windows Forms or Swing is helpful but not required.

Course Highlights:

  • WPF Framework Architecture
  • Using Controls – a new approach to UI components
  • Layout
  • Data Binding
  • Styling and Templates
  • Graphics
  • Resource Management
  • Building Custom Controls
  • Text, Typography, and Documents
  • Printing
  • Building Connected WPF Applications

A few questions this course will answer:

  • How can I exploit the layout features of WPF to make my application adapt to a variety of screen sizes and display resolutions?
  • How can I customise the appearance and behaviour of the built-in WPF controls to meet my application's needs?
  • How do I present my application's data to the user?
  • How do I integrate graphics into my application to enhance the presentation of information?
  • How best can I structure my application development workflow to enable both developers and graphic designers to work productively on a UI?
  • How do I build WPF applications that interact with remote systems using web services or other communications technologies?
  • What do my custom controls need to do in order to offer the same degree of flexibility and reusability as the built-in controls?