More than once, I’ve found myself wanting to be able to demonstrate the range of controls that are available for Silverlight and WPF and, today, I ended up in that same place and decided to do something about it.
I built a very, very simple WPF application. Screenshot is below;
All it’s doing is displaying in a TreeView with a number of sections in it;
- WPF Built In Controls
- WPF Toolkit Controls
- WPF 3rd Party Controls
- Silverlight Built In Controls
and this is just driven by an XML configuration file that’s embedded into the application so if you happen to know of other sets of controls that should be included then let me know.
What’s really cool about this stuff these days is that control vendors tend to have either a;
- WPF XBAP
- Silverlight XAP
on their website showcasing their controls. So, in most cases all the application above is doing is using the WebBrowser control to load those things and display them. For the other cases, I just embedded a couple of XAML files into the application with some of the built-in WPF controls and the WPF Toolkit controls in place.
Because it uses the WebBrowser control;
- It’s not so much use offline although a couple of items should work and you might be able to trick it with browser caches etc.
- It requires Full-Trust. Clicking on the image above will ClickOnce-install the application but you’ll have to say “yes” to the full-trust aspect. You can trust me, I’m a Doctor