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Define Enums as ItemsSource in WPF

Enumerations are often used in applications to enable the user to select an item from a list of predefined values. This can be handled in the ViewModel by publishing a list of the enum values. But there is also another way that uses a XAML only approach. Example: public enum SampleEnum { Dog, Cat, Bird […]

Creating a WPF Spinner Control

In this post I will show how to create a spinning progress control in WPF. This is often used to notify the user that a long-running operation is still in progress, without without knowing the current or remaining progress. The result looks like this and will turn infinitely: First of all we create a new […]

Adding Localization to .NET WPF Applications

Here I’d like to describe some approaches how .NET applications can be localized. General In general the texts that are supposed to be localized should be added to the Resources.resx file located under Properties of the project: The data is stores in an XML format, but also type save access properties are created automatically. Don’t […]

Check if Code is Executed at Design Time

Sometimes it is important to prevent certain code being executed at design time. public static bool IsDesignTime { get { return (System.ComponentModel.LicenseManager.UsageMode == System.ComponentModel.LicenseUsageMode.Designtime); } } In WPF applications the following code can be used instead: public static bool IsDesignTime { get { System.ComponentModel.DesignerProperties.GetIsInDesignMode(new DependencyObject()); } }  

Use Text Wrapping in a WPF DataGrid TextColumn

You can simply use styles to enable text wrapping in a WPF DataGrid Column. This sets the element style of the standard column control and of the column control that is used when the cell is in edit mode. <DataGridTextColumn> <DataGridTextColumn.ElementStyle> <Style TargetType=“TextBlock“> <Setter Property=“TextWrapping“ Value=“WrapWithOverflow“/> <Setter Property=“TextTrimming“ Value=“WordEllipsis“/> </Style> </DataGridTextColumn.ElementStyle> <DataGridTextColumn.EditingElementStyle> <Style TargetType=“TextBox“> <Setter […]