Building small applications from scratch is easy enough with almost any available programming technology. However, if you are assigned the task to build large applications and have the requirement to re-use code either now or tomorrow, you need to be a lot more careful. Microsoft has ready-made patterns that help you build complex Windows Presentation Foundation applications with reusability and componentized design in mind.
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Going on to design a dockable panel, discover some very interesting techniques, such as hooking the mouse and how to debug an application in such cases. Learn to unpin a docked panel so it slides to the border of the main application.
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Learn how to size a docked Panel and how to undock it again as well as which actions are needed to prepare the more advanced docking actions.
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