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New ColumnSpacing and RowSpacing properties for Grid

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By Fons Sonnemans, 3-7-2017

Last week I blogged about the new Spacing property in StackPanel that is introduced in the new Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16225 (Fall Creators Update/CU2). Today I want to explain the new ColumnSpacing and RowSpacing of the Grid control. The RowSpacing can be used to set the amount of space between each row. The ColumnSpacing can be used to set the amount of space between each column. It allows you to create gutters between the rows and columns.

Demo

In the next demo page I have a Grid with 4 columns and 3 rows. I have placed 3 Rectangles in it. The first (Red) in the top left cell, the second (white) in row 1 + column 1, the third (blue) in row 2 + column 2 with a columnspan of 2. The ColumnSpacing is set to 48 and the RowSpacing to 24.

<Page
    x:Class="App4.MainPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:local="using:App4"
    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
    mc:Ignorable="d">
    <Grid Background="LightBlue" RowSpacing="24" ColumnSpacing="48">
        <Grid.RowDefinitions>
            <RowDefinition Height="1*"/>
            <RowDefinition Height="1*"/>
            <RowDefinition Height="1*"/>
        </Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*"/>
        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <Rectangle Fill="Red"  />
        <Rectangle Fill="White" 
                   Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="1"  />
        <Rectangle Fill="Blue"  
                   Grid.Row="2" Grid.Column="2" Grid.ColumnSpan="2"  />
    </Grid>
</Page>

This renders to the following result. There is a gutter of 24 pixels between row 0 and 1 and between row 1 and 2. There is a gutter of 48 pixels between column 0 and 1, between column 1 and 2 and between column 2 and 3. This last gutter is not really visible because the blue rectangle has a columnspan of 2 which means that it also draws itself over the gutter.

XAML Grid Spacing example

If you remove these properties it will render like this. The white rectangle is connected in the corner with the 2 other rectangles.

XAML Grid example with no spacing

XAML Designer Issues

The XAML Designer in Visual Studio 2017 Preview and Blend don't render the Grid correctly yet. But I'm sure that Microsoft will fix that too.

XAML Designer screenshot

I find the new RowSpacing and ColumnSpacing properties very useful. It removes the need to set the Margin on child elements. I hope you like it too.

Fons

New Spacing property in StackPanel

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By Fons Sonnemans, 30-6-2017

A few days ago Microsoft released the new Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16225 (Fall Creators Update/CU2). While browsing the 'API Updates and Additions' I noticed there is a new Spacing property for the StackPanel control. You can use it to set the amount of space between each child element. The StackLayout control of Xamarin Forms already had this property. This will make it easier to add this property to the XAML Standard.

Demo

In the next demo page I have created a StackPanel with 3 Rectangles in it. The Margin is set to 40, the BorderThickness is set to 8, the Padding is set to 32 and the Spacing is set to 24.

<Page
    x:Class="App4.MainPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:local="using:App4"
    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
    mc:Ignorable="d">
    <Grid Background="LightBlue">
        <StackPanel Margin="40" BorderThickness="8" BorderBrush="Black" 
                    Padding="32" Spacing="24" Background="LightGray">
            <Rectangle Height="80" Fill="Red"  />
            <Rectangle Height="80" Fill="White"   />
            <Rectangle Height="80" Fill="Blue"  />
        </StackPanel>
    </Grid>
</Page>

This renders to the following result. I have added the text 'Margin', 'Padding' and 'Spacing' to the illustration to make it clear where it used for.

XAML StackPanel Spacing example

Explanation of the different parts:

  • Margin - Clears an area outside the border.
  • BorderThickness - A border that goes around the padding
  • Padding - Clears an area around the content (inside the border).
  • Spacing- The space between each child element

I find this new Spacing property very useful. It removes the need to set the Margin on each child element. I hope you like it too.

Fons

XAML Animated Headered TextBox Style (Part 2)

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By Fons Sonnemans, 6-3-2017

Last week I wrote a blog item about the XAML Animated Headered TextBox Style. I got a lot of reactions on Twitter. Pieter Otten challenged me into adjusting my solution to make it conform the Material Design guidelines. In Android the header (Label) of the TextBox (Text Field) animates on Focus not when you enter a value. I tried to implement this by adjusting my style but that didn't work. I had to introduce an extra behavior to get it to work. See the result in this video.

AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle demo video which works on Focus

MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior

The MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior is used to set the Visual States (Empty and NotEmpty) of the associated TextBox when it is loaded, gets the focus, loses the focus or when the text changes. This Behavior was build by subclassing the Behavior<T> class from the Microsoft.Xaml.Behaviors.Uwp.Managed NuGet package.

public class MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior : Behavior<TextBox> {

    private bool _hasFocus;

    private void AssociatedObject_GotFocus(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.RoutedEventArgs e) {
        _hasFocus = true;
        UpdateState(true);
    }

    private void AssociatedObject_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        UpdateState(false);
        this.AssociatedObject.Loaded -= this.AssociatedObject_Loaded;
    }

    private void AssociatedObject_LostFocus(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.RoutedEventArgs e) {
        _hasFocus = false;
        UpdateState(true);
    }

    private void AssociatedObject_TextChanged(object sender, TextChangedEventArgs e) {
        UpdateState(false);
    }

    protected override void OnAttached() {
        base.OnAttached();
        this.AssociatedObject.Loaded += this.AssociatedObject_Loaded;
        this.AssociatedObject.GotFocus += this.AssociatedObject_GotFocus;
        this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus += this.AssociatedObject_LostFocus;
        this.AssociatedObject.TextChanged += this.AssociatedObject_TextChanged;
    }

    protected override void OnDetaching() {
        base.OnDetaching();
        this.AssociatedObject.GotFocus -= this.AssociatedObject_GotFocus;
        this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus -= this.AssociatedObject_LostFocus;
        this.AssociatedObject.TextChanged -= this.AssociatedObject_TextChanged;
    }


    private void UpdateState(bool animate) {
        if (_hasFocus || !string.IsNullOrEmpty(this.AssociatedObject.Text)) {
            VisualStateManager.GoToState(this.AssociatedObject, "NotEmpty", animate);
        } else {
            VisualStateManager.GoToState(this.AssociatedObject, "Empty", animate);
        }
    }

}

 

Usage

I dragged and dropped the MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior from the Assets window in Blend for Visual Studio to every TextBox of the Style 'AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle'. That's all.

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:App121"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      xmlns:Interactivity="using:Microsoft.Xaml.Interactivity"
      x:Class="App121.MainPage"
      mc:Ignorable="d">

    <StackPanel Width="300"
                Margin="0,0,60,0"
                VerticalAlignment="Top"
                HorizontalAlignment="Center">

        <TextBox Header="Firstname"
                 Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                 IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                 InputScope="PersonalFullName">
            <Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                <local:MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior />
            </Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
        </TextBox>

        <TextBox Header="Lastname"
                 Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                 IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                 Margin="0,8"
                 InputScope="PersonalFullName">
            <Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                <local:MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior />
            </Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
        </TextBox>

        <TextBox Header="E-mail"
                 x:Name="textBoxEmail"
                 Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                 IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                 Text="fons.sonnemans@reflectionit.nl"
                 InputScope="EmailNameOrAddress">
            <Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                <local:MoveHeaderOnFocusBehavior />
            </Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
        </TextBox>

        <Button Content="Next"
                Click="Button_Click"
                Margin="0,16,0,0" />

        <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}"
              Height="640"
              Margin="0,0,-60,0" />
    </StackPanel>
</Page>

 

The code

I have published the updated code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

I also received some Twitter reactions pointing to this great Inspirational TextBox styles for Windows Phone & Store blogpost from Deani Hansen. That solution uses Styling and subclassing the TextBox control. As always there are many solutions for the same problem.

Fons

XAML Animated Headered TextBox Style

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By Fons Sonnemans, 28-2-2017

A while ago I saw a beautiful effect in an Android app which I was using. It had textboxes with a placeholder text. This placeholder text moved to the header when you enter the first character in the textbox. This triggered me to do the same in a Windows 10 XAML app (UWP). This is a video of the result.

AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle demo video

AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle

My solution is quite simple. I created a Style for a TextBox which has an extra StateGroup named 'HeaderStates'. There are two States in this group named Empty and NotEmpty. The HeaderContentPresenter is moved using TranslateX and TranslateY setters to the correct position. The states are triggered using TemplatedParent databinding to the Text property. I have used a converter which returns true or false when the text is empty or not. I have also changed the BorderThickness property of the Style. It now has only a bottom line and is not boxed any more.

<Style x:Key="AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle"
        TargetType="TextBox">
    <Setter Property="MinWidth"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlThemeMinWidth}" />
    <Setter Property="MinHeight"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlThemeMinHeight}" />
    <Setter Property="Foreground"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlForeground}" />
    <Setter Property="Background"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBackground}" />
    <Setter Property="BorderBrush"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBorderBrush}" />
    <Setter Property="SelectionHighlightColor"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlSelectionHighlightColor}" />
    <Setter Property="BorderThickness"
            Value="0,0,0,2" />
    <Setter Property="FontFamily"
            Value="{ThemeResource ContentControlThemeFontFamily}" />
    <Setter Property="FontSize"
            Value="{ThemeResource ControlContentThemeFontSize}" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollMode"
            Value="Auto" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollMode"
            Value="Auto" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollBarVisibility"
            Value="Hidden" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollBarVisibility"
            Value="Hidden" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.IsDeferredScrollingEnabled"
            Value="False" />
    <Setter Property="Padding"
            Value="{ThemeResource TextControlThemePadding}" />
    <Setter Property="Template">
        <Setter.Value>
            <ControlTemplate TargetType="TextBox">
                <Grid>
                    <Grid.Resources>
                        <Style x:Name="DeleteButtonStyle"
                                TargetType="Button">
                            <Setter Property="Template">
                                <Setter.Value>
                                    <ControlTemplate TargetType="Button">
                                        <Grid x:Name="ButtonLayoutGrid"
                                                BorderBrush="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBorderBrush}"
                                                BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                                                Background="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBackground}">
                                            <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                                                <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
                                                    <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
                                                    <VisualState x:Name="PointerOver">
                                                        <Storyboard>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="ButtonLayoutGrid">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBackgroundPointerOver}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="ButtonLayoutGrid">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBorderBrushPointerOver}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="GlyphElement">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonForegroundPointerOver}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                        </Storyboard>
                                                    </VisualState>
                                                    <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
                                                        <Storyboard>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="ButtonLayoutGrid">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBackgroundPressed}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="ButtonLayoutGrid">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonBorderBrushPressed}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                                            Storyboard.TargetName="GlyphElement">
                                                                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                                        Value="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonForegroundPressed}" />
                                                            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                                        </Storyboard>
                                                    </VisualState>
                                                    <VisualState x:Name="Disabled">
                                                        <Storyboard>
                                                            <DoubleAnimation Duration="0"
                                                                                To="0"
                                                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="Opacity"
                                                                                Storyboard.TargetName="ButtonLayoutGrid" />
                                                        </Storyboard>
                                                    </VisualState>
                                                </VisualStateGroup>
                                            </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                                            <TextBlock x:Name="GlyphElement"
                                                        AutomationProperties.AccessibilityView="Raw"
                                                        Foreground="{ThemeResource TextControlButtonForeground}"
                                                        FontStyle="Normal"
                                                        FontSize="12"
                                                        FontFamily="{ThemeResource SymbolThemeFontFamily}"
                                                        HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                                                        Text="&#xE10A;"
                                                        VerticalAlignment="Center" />
                                        </Grid>
                                    </ControlTemplate>
                                </Setter.Value>
                            </Setter>
                        </Style>
                    </Grid.Resources>
                    <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                        <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                        <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                    </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                    <Grid.RowDefinitions>
                        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                        <RowDefinition Height="*" />
                    </Grid.RowDefinitions>
                    <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
                            <VisualState x:Name="Disabled">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="HeaderContentPresenter">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlHeaderForegroundDisabled}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBackgroundDisabled}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBorderBrushDisabled}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="ContentElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlForegroundDisabled}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="PlaceholderTextContentPresenter">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlPlaceholderForegroundDisabled}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                            <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
                            <VisualState x:Name="PointerOver">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBorderBrushPointerOver}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBackgroundPointerOver}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="PlaceholderTextContentPresenter">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlPlaceholderForegroundPointerOver}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="ContentElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlForegroundPointerOver}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                            <VisualState x:Name="Focused">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="PlaceholderTextContentPresenter">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlPlaceholderForegroundFocused}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBackgroundFocused}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="BorderElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlBorderBrushFocused}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Foreground"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="ContentElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="{ThemeResource TextControlForegroundFocused}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="RequestedTheme"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="ContentElement">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                                                Value="Light" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                        </VisualStateGroup>
                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="ButtonStates">
                            <VisualState x:Name="ButtonVisible">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Visibility"
                                                                    Storyboard.TargetName="DeleteButton">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0">
                                            <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                                <Visibility>Visible</Visibility>
                                            </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
                                        </DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                            <VisualState x:Name="ButtonCollapsed" />
                        </VisualStateGroup>
                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="HeaderStates">
                            <VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
                                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0:0:0.35">
                                    <VisualTransition.GeneratedEasingFunction>
                                        <CircleEase EasingMode="EaseInOut" />
                                    </VisualTransition.GeneratedEasingFunction>
                                </VisualTransition>
                            </VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
                            <VisualState x:Name="NotEmpty">
                                <VisualState.Setters>
                                    <Setter Target="HeaderContentPresenter.(UIElement.RenderTransform).(CompositeTransform.TranslateY)"
                                            Value="0" />
                                    <Setter Target="HeaderContentPresenter.(UIElement.RenderTransform).(CompositeTransform.TranslateX)"
                                            Value="0" />
                                </VisualState.Setters>
                                <VisualState.StateTriggers>
                                    <StateTrigger IsActive="{Binding Text, Converter={StaticResource IsNotEmptyConverter}, Mode=OneWay, RelativeSource={RelativeSource Mode=TemplatedParent}}" />
                                </VisualState.StateTriggers>
                            </VisualState>
                            <VisualState x:Name="Empty">
                                <VisualState.Setters>
                                    <Setter Target="HeaderContentPresenter.(UIElement.RenderTransform).(CompositeTransform.TranslateY)"
                                            Value="31" />
                                    <Setter Target="HeaderContentPresenter.(UIElement.RenderTransform).(CompositeTransform.TranslateX)"
                                            Value="11" />
                                </VisualState.Setters>
                                <VisualState.StateTriggers>
                                    <StateTrigger IsActive="{Binding Text, Converter={StaticResource IsEmptyConverter}, Mode=OneWay, RelativeSource={RelativeSource Mode=TemplatedParent}}" />
                                </VisualState.StateTriggers>
                            </VisualState>
                        </VisualStateGroup>
                    </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                    <Border x:Name="BorderElement"
                            BorderBrush="{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}"
                            BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                            Background="{TemplateBinding Background}"
                            Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                            Grid.Row="1"
                            Grid.RowSpan="1" />
                    <ContentPresenter x:Name="HeaderContentPresenter"
                                        Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                                        ContentTemplate="{TemplateBinding HeaderTemplate}"
                                        Content="{TemplateBinding Header}"
                                        Foreground="{ThemeResource TextControlHeaderForeground}"
                                        FontWeight="Normal"
                                        Margin="0,0,0,8"
                                        Grid.Row="0"
                                        Visibility="Collapsed"
                                        x:DeferLoadStrategy="Lazy"
                                        RenderTransformOrigin="0.5,0.5">
                        <ContentPresenter.RenderTransform>
                            <CompositeTransform />
                        </ContentPresenter.RenderTransform>
                    </ContentPresenter>
                    <ScrollViewer x:Name="ContentElement"
                                    AutomationProperties.AccessibilityView="Raw"
                                    HorizontalScrollMode="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollMode}"
                                    HorizontalScrollBarVisibility="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollBarVisibility}"
                                    IsTabStop="False"
                                    IsHorizontalRailEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsHorizontalRailEnabled}"
                                    IsVerticalRailEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsVerticalRailEnabled}"
                                    IsDeferredScrollingEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsDeferredScrollingEnabled}"
                                    Margin="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                                    Padding="{TemplateBinding Padding}"
                                    Grid.Row="1"
                                    VerticalScrollBarVisibility="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollBarVisibility}"
                                    VerticalScrollMode="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollMode}"
                                    ZoomMode="Disabled" />
                    <ContentControl x:Name="PlaceholderTextContentPresenter"
                                    Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                                    Content="{TemplateBinding PlaceholderText}"
                                    Foreground="{ThemeResource TextControlPlaceholderForeground}"
                                    IsHitTestVisible="False"
                                    IsTabStop="False"
                                    Margin="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                                    Padding="{TemplateBinding Padding}"
                                    Grid.Row="1" />
                    <Button x:Name="DeleteButton"
                            AutomationProperties.AccessibilityView="Raw"
                            BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                            Grid.Column="1"
                            FontSize="{TemplateBinding FontSize}"
                            IsTabStop="False"
                            Margin="{ThemeResource HelperButtonThemePadding}"
                            MinWidth="34"
                            Grid.Row="1"
                            Style="{StaticResource DeleteButtonStyle}"
                            Visibility="Collapsed"
                            VerticalAlignment="Stretch" />
                </Grid>
            </ControlTemplate>
        </Setter.Value>
    </Setter>
</Style>

The converter is very simple. It has an extra IsInvertered property to invert a True to a False.

public class EmptyStringToTrueConverter : IValueConverter {
    public bool IsInverted { get; set; }

    public object Convert(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, string language) {
        var txt = (string)value;
        return string.IsNullOrEmpty(txt) ^ IsInverted;
    }

    public object ConvertBack(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, string language) {
        return DependencyProperty.UnsetValue;
    }
}

The converteres are registered using the following XAML.

<local:EmptyStringToTrueConverter x:Key="IsNotEmptyConverter" IsInverted="True" />
<local:EmptyStringToTrueConverter x:Key="IsEmptyConverter" />

Usage

My example page which I used in the video is shown below. All TextBoxes have the Style property set to AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle and off course a Header property. I have set the IsSpellCheckEnable property to False because I don't want spellchecking on names and email addresses.  

<Page x:Class="App121.MainPage"
      xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:App121"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      mc:Ignorable="d">

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
        <StackPanel Width="300"
                    Margin="0,12"
                    VerticalAlignment="Top"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Center">

            <TextBox Header="Firstname"
                     Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                     IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                     InputScope="PersonalFullName"/>

            <TextBox Header="Lastname"
                     Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                     IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                     Margin="0,8"
                     InputScope="PersonalFullName" />

            <TextBox Header="E-mail"
                     Style="{StaticResource AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle}"
                     IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"
                     InputScope="EmailNameOrAddress" />

            <Button Content="Next"
                    Margin="0,16,0,0" />
        </StackPanel>

    </Grid>
</Page>

I have placed the AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle, the registration of the converters and a DeleteButtonStyle into ResourceDictionary named AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle.xaml. The DeleteButtonStyle was generated by Blend when I created the Style by 'Editing a Copy...' of the Template for an existing TextBox.

Edit a Copy

In have registered the ResourceDictionary from the App.xaml which makes it available for in all pages and controls in this application.

<Application
    x:Class="App121.App"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:local="using:App121"
    RequestedTheme="Light">
    <Application.Resources>
        <ResourceDictionary>
            <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
                <ResourceDictionary Source="AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle.xaml" />
            </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
        </ResourceDictionary>
    </Application.Resources>
</Application>

The easiest way to add this Resource Dictionary as a MergedDictionaries in the App.xaml is to use Blend. Open the Resources Window and right click the App.xaml file. Then select 'Link to Resource Dictionary' and check the AnimatedHeaderedTextBoxStyle.xaml file.

Link to ResourceDictionary

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

XAML Storyboard.IsPlaying Attached Property

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By Fons Sonnemans, 24-2-2017

XAML is very powerful. I have blogged about behaviors a lot. They are great but also have limitations. You can only drag them on Controls, not on Storyboards. To "fix" this I came up with a solution using Attached Properties. The designer support isn't as good with Behaviors but who needs that if we have IntelliSense.

IsPlaying Attached Property

I have created a StoryboardServices class which contains the IsPlaying attached property of the type boolean. In the OnIsPlayingChanged() method I Begin() or Resume() the Storyboard if it is set to True, I Pause() it when it is set to False.

using System;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Media.Animation;

namespace AnimationDemo {
    public class StoryboardServices {

        #region IsPlaying Attached Property

        /// <summary> 
        /// Identifies the IsPlaying attachted property. This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...
        /// </summary>
        public static readonly DependencyProperty IsPlayingProperty =
            DependencyProperty.RegisterAttached("IsPlaying",
                typeof(bool),
                typeof(StoryboardServices),
                new PropertyMetadata(false, OnIsPlayingChanged));

        /// <summary>
        /// IsPlaying changed handler. 
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="d">FrameworkElement that changed its IsPlaying attached property.</param>
        /// <param name="e">DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs with the new and old value.</param> 
        private static void OnIsPlayingChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) {
            var source = d as Storyboard;
            if (source != null) {
                var value = (bool)e.NewValue;
                if (value) {
                    if (source.GetCurrentState() == ClockState.Stopped) {
                        source.Begin();
                    } else {
                        source.Resume();
                    }
                } else {
                    source.Pause();
                }
            }
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Gets the value of the IsPlaying attached property from the specified FrameworkElement.
        /// </summary>
        public static bool GetIsPlaying(DependencyObject obj) {
            return (bool)obj.GetValue(IsPlayingProperty);
        }


        /// <summary>
        /// Sets the value of the IsPlaying attached property to the specified FrameworkElement.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="obj">The object on which to set the IsPlaying attached property.</param>
        /// <param name="value">The property value to set.</param>
        public static void SetIsPlaying(DependencyObject obj, bool value) {
            obj.SetValue(IsPlayingProperty, value);
        }

        #endregion IsPlaying Attached Property

    }
}

Example

In this example I have a Storyboard1 which plays when the checkbox on the page is checked. I databound the IsPlaying attached property to the IsChecked property of the checkbox (see line 10). The animation is really simple but you get the idea.

<Page x:Class="AnimationDemo.MainPage"
      xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:AnimationDemo"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      mc:Ignorable="d">
    <Page.Resources>
        <Storyboard x:Name="Storyboard1"
             local:StoryboardServices.IsPlaying="{Binding IsChecked, ElementName=checkBoxIsAnimated, Mode=OneWay}"
             RepeatBehavior="Forever">
            <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames
                    Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).(SolidColorBrush.Color)"
                   Storyboard.TargetName="myBorder">
                <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:1"
                                     Value="Blue" />
                <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:2"
                                     Value="Red" />
            </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
        </Storyboard>
    </Page.Resources>

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="2*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*" />
        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>

        <CheckBox x:Name="checkBoxIsAnimated"
                  Content="Animate"
                  IsChecked="True"
                  VerticalAlignment="Top"
                  HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                  Grid.Column="1" />

        <Border x:Name="myBorder"
                Height="100"
                Grid.Column="1"
                Background="Red" />
    </Grid>
</Page>

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

XAML ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior

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By Fons Sonnemans, 12-1-2017

I love C#, XAML and Blend. It is very powerful and lets me create powerful solutions. As a example of it's power I will demonstrate my ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior. It will let you scroll to a selected item into view of a ListView or GridView without having to write any code.

Demo

The following video (GIF) shows you how you can use it to scroll to the selected product into view of a ListView. This can be done animated or instant.

ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior Demo

My Solution

My solution is a Behavior which you can apply on any ListView or GridView using Blend for Visual Studio. I have included the Microsoft.Xaml.Behaviors.Uwp.Managed NuGet package to the project. The ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior class derives from the Behavior<T> class (from the NuGet package) in which T is a ListViewBase. This allows me to use (drop) the behavior on a ListView or GridView. In the OnAttached() and OnDetached() methods I subscribe/unsubscribe to the SelectionChanged event of the AssociatedObject, the ListView or GridView. In the AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged() method the AssociatedObject scrolls to the selected item. For the scrolling I use some code (extension methods) I found on StackOverflow which does the hard work. I only changed some naming of the methods to follow my own code conventions.

public class ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior : Behavior<ListViewBase> {

    protected override void OnAttached() {
        AssociatedObject.SelectionChanged += AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged;
        base.OnAttached();
    }
    protected override void OnDetaching() {
        AssociatedObject.SelectionChanged -= AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged;
        base.OnDetaching();
    }

    private async void AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged(object sender, 
                                                    SelectionChangedEventArgs e) {
        var item = e.AddedItems.FirstOrDefault();
        if (item != null) {
            if (IsScrollAnimated) {
                await this.AssociatedObject.ScrollToItemAsync(item);
            } else {
                await this.AssociatedObject.ScrollIntoViewAsync(item);
            }
        }
    }

    /// <summary> 
    /// Get or Sets the IsScrollAnimated dependency property.  
    /// </summary> 
    public bool IsScrollAnimated {
        get { return (bool)GetValue(IsScrollAnimatedProperty); }
        set { SetValue(IsScrollAnimatedProperty, value); }
    }

    /// <summary> 
    /// Identifies the IsScrollAnimated dependency property. 
    /// This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...
    /// </summary> 
    public static readonly DependencyProperty IsScrollAnimatedProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(IsScrollAnimated),
                            typeof(bool),
                            typeof(ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior),
                            new PropertyMetadata(true));
}

 

Using the Behavior

My sample project also contains some SampleData (products) which I used to populate a ListView. I have dragged the ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior from the Assets panel and dropped it on the ListView. The behavior also contains an IsScrollAnimated dependency property. The ToggleSwitch is databound to this property.

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:App47"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      xmlns:Interactivity="using:Microsoft.Xaml.Interactivity"
      xmlns:Behaviors="using:App47.Behaviors"
      x:Class="App47.MainPage"
      mc:Ignorable="d">

    <Page.Resources>
        <DataTemplate x:Key="ProductTemplate">
            <Grid Height="80"
                  Margin="0,4">
                <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                <Image Source="{Binding ImageUrl}"
                       Height="80"
                       Width="80" />
                <StackPanel Grid.Column="1"
                            Margin="8,0,0,0">
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}"
                               Style="{StaticResource TitleTextBlockStyle}" />
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Price}"
                               Style="{StaticResource CaptionTextBlockStyle}"
                               TextWrapping="NoWrap" />
                </StackPanel>
            </Grid>
        </DataTemplate>
    </Page.Resources>

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}"
          DataContext="{Binding Source={StaticResource SampleDataSource}}">
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="380*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1541*" />
        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <StackPanel>
            <Button Content="First"
                    Click="ButtonFirst_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <Button Content="Middle"
                    Click="ButtonMiddle_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <Button Content="Last"
                    Click="ButtonLast_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <ToggleSwitch Header="IsAnimated"
                          Margin="4"
                          IsOn="{x:Bind myBehavior.IsScrollAnimated, Mode=TwoWay}" />
        </StackPanel>
        <ListView x:Name="listViewProducts"
                  Grid.Column="1"
                  ItemTemplate="{StaticResource ProductTemplate}"
                  ItemsSource="{Binding Products}">
            <Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                <Behaviors:ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior x:Name="myBehavior" />
            </Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
        </ListView>
    </Grid>
</Page>

The buttons click eventhandlers only set the SelectedIndex of the ListView. An MVVM solution in which the SelectedIndex is databound to a property of a model would also work.

public sealed partial class MainPage : Page {

    public MainPage() {
        this.InitializeComponent();
    }

    private void ButtonFirst_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = 0;
    }

    private void ButtonMiddle_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = (listViewProducts.Items.Count - 1) / 2;
    }

    private void ButtonLast_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = listViewProducts.Items.Count - 1;

    }
}

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

XAML CalculatorBehavior

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By Fons Sonnemans, 1-12-2016

I have been using Adobe software recently and I noticed you could do simple calculations in textboxes. I used it to export Tile Images in different scale sizes. If the 100% scale of an Image is 150 pixels wide you can enter '150 * 1.5'. It will calculate the width of 225 pixels for the 150% scale size. I loved this feature so I tried to implement it also for my own Xaml apps.

The solution is quite simple. I have created a Behavior called CalculatorBehavior. You just use Blend for Visual Studio to drop it on a TextBox control and you are done.

Demo App

The following video shows you how you can use it to do simpel calculations in a TextBox using the CalculatorBehavior.

CalculatorBehavior Demo

My Solution

My Visual Studio solution contains 3 projects: Windows 10 (UWP), Windows 8.1 and WPF. The WPF project has a NuGet reference to Math Expression Evaluator. This project contains the ExpressionEvaluator class which I use for my calculations. There is no WinRT, PCL (Portable Class Library) or .NET Standard implementation for this project which makes it unusable for my Windows (8.1 and 10/UWP) projects. Luckily the project is Open Sources so I added the ExpressionEvaluator class to these projects.

The Windows 10 project uses the XamlBehaviors project using the NuGet package. The Windows 8.1 project uses the 'Behaviors SDK' but that doesn't include a Behavior<T> class. So i added my own implementation for it in my project. The WPF project has a reference to the 'System.Windows.Interactivity' assembly.

CalculatorBehavior

The CalculatorBehavior code is very simple. The class derives from Behavior<TextBox> which makes it droppable on a TextBox. The LostFocus event of the TextBox will trigger the calculation for which I use the ExpressionEvaluator.

using Microsoft.Xaml.Interactivity;
using SimpleExpressionEvaluator;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace CalculatorUwpDemoApp.Behaviors {

    class CalculatorBehavior : Behavior<TextBox> {

        private static readonly ExpressionEvaluator _evaluator = 
            new ExpressionEvaluator();

        protected override void OnAttached() {
            base.OnAttached();
            this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus += Evaluate;
        }

        protected override void OnDetaching() {
            base.OnDetaching();
            this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus -= Evaluate;
        }

        private void Evaluate(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
            try {
                string txt = this.AssociatedObject.Text;
                if (!string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(txt)) {
                    var result = _evaluator.Evaluate(txt);
                    this.AssociatedObject.Text = result.ToString();
                }
            } catch { }
        }
    }
}

Blend for Visual Studio

Adding the CalculatorBehavior to a TextBox is very easy in Blend for Visual Studio. Select the behavior from the Assets panel and Drag&Drop it on a TextBox. That's all.

Blend Screenshot

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

Developing and Deploying Windows 10 Apps

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By Fons Sonnemans, 1-12-2015

26 november heb ik names de StoreApps User Group de onderstaande presentatie gegeven bij iSense in Zwolle. Op veler verzoek kan de de presentatie hieronder bekijken en downloaden.

Developing and Deploying Windows 10 Apps from Fons Sonnemans

What's new in Blend for Visual Studio 2015

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By Fons Sonnemans, 24-9-2015

Below you can find the slides of my What's new in Blend for Visual Studio 2015 presentation session at MADN on 23 september 2015. This meeting was sponsered by RealDolmen.

In this session you will learn the new features of Blend for Visual Studio 2015. Blend is the XAML design and development tool for WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone and Windows applications. You will also learn the new XAML controls and properties for developing Windows 10 applications. With this session you can improve your productivity and design skills.

If you haven't installed Blend for Visual Studio 2015 yet make sure you do by downloading it from Developer Tool Downloads.

Tags: Blend

Building & Designing Windows 10 Universal Windows Apps using XAML and C#

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By Fons Sonnemans, 4-9-2015

3 september heb ik names de StoreApps User Group de onderstaande presentatie gegeven bij iSense in Gouda. Op veler verzoek kan de de presentatie hieronder bekijken en downloaden.

Building & Designing Windows 10 Universal Windows Apps using XAML and C# from Fons Sonnemans
Tags: XAML, Blend

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