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In the previous chapter, you were introduced to the XAML user interface language and were shown how to create basic user interfaces using the standard Windows 8 XAML controls. You should now be familiar with how to use the various layout controls such as the Grid, StackPanel, and Canvas. You should also understand how to work with the various control events through the appropriate control event handler methods in the code-behind files. This chapter takes all these basic concepts a few steps further and introduces you to some additional features of XAML that both help you to reduce the amount of code you write and provide more powerful user interfaces for your Windows Store apps.
In this chapter you see how to customize the standard controls using control styles. It also introduces you to the topic of data binding, which enables you to create user interfaces that are dynamic and data centric with minimal amounts of code. After you have ...