Introduction to XAML
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Published: 05 Oct 2006
Abstract
In this article Keyvan introduces Microsoft's new markup language, XAML, for designing user interfaces in .NET 3.0.
by Keyvan Nayyeri
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Background

EXtensible Application Markup Language (XAML) which is pronounced as Zamel is Microsoft's new markup language to define dynamic or static user interfaces for .NET applications.  XAML will be used in Windows Vista to design user interfaces, but can be applied to Windows XP or Windows 2003 as well.

XAML comes to separate the UI code from application logic code and is very similar to MVC.  XAML is tied to Windows Presentation foundation (codenamed Avalon) to build a whole user interface in .NET 3.0 and Windows Vista.

XAML is an XML child indeed.  Every XAML code must be a well-formed XML file and XAML inherits all XML definitions and rules.  We can consider it as the last part of a chain that contains HTML, XHTML and other markup languages for UI.

What makes XAML different from other XML children is what it represents.  Every XAML element represents a .NET CLR class.  This lets you to extend and work on XAML easily.

The model that XAML in conjunction with Windows Presentation Foundation provides to let developers design a rich user interface is similar to code behind and code inline model in ASP.NET.

This means you can put your application logic in a separate file or embed it inline in XAML file itself.

XAML files will be compiled to BAML files.  The advantage of BAML is it is smaller than XAML and is easier to read so it is faster to load.


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Title: Events in Windows Presentation Foundation   
Name: Keyvan Nayyeri
Date: 2006-12-14 10:22:36 AM
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Fifth part of these tutorials about Events in Windows Presentation Foundation:
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Second part of these tutorials about Layout in XAML:
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Name: Francesco
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Hi, I just added your intro to the XAML Section of NetFXGuide.com (http://www.netfxguide.com/guide/xaml.aspx).

Best,

Francesco
NetFXGuide.com

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