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Getting Started with WPF CardView

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a sample application that contains a RadCardView control.

Assembly References

To use RadCardView, add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input
  • Telerik.Windows.Data

You can find the required assemblies for each control from the suite in the Controls Dependencies help article.

Adding Telerik Assemblies Using NuGet

To use RadCardView when working with NuGet packages, install the Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.for.Wpf.Xaml package. The package name may vary slightly based on the Telerik dlls set - Xaml or NoXaml

Read more about NuGet installation in the Installing UI for WPF from NuGet Package article.

Defining the RadCardView

To display data in the control, provide a collection of business objects and assign it to the ItemsSource property of RadCardView.

The following example shows how to setup a basic card model and populate the ItemsSource of the control.

Example 1: Creating card model

public class CardInfo 
    public string Header { get; set; } 
    public string Name { get; set; } 
    public int Number { get; set; } 

Example 2: Defining the control in XAML

<telerik:RadCardView x:Name="cardView"   
                     CardHeaderBinding="{Binding Header}" 

Example 3: Populating the control with data

public MainWindow() 
    var source = new ObservableCollection<CardInfo>(); 
    for (int i = 0; i < 6; i++) 
        source.Add(new CardInfo() { Header = "Card " + i, Name = "Name " + i, Number = i }); 
    this.cardView.ItemsSource = source; 

Figure 1: RadCardView example

WPF RadCardView RadCardView example

The example shows also how to tell what is the property displaying the card headers (via the CardHeaderBinding property) and the height of the cards (via the MinorLength property). The MinorLength will apply to the height or the width of the cards based on the CardLayout property value.

Manual Data Field Generation

By default the RadCardView cards will auto-generate data fields for each public property of the card's model class. To interfere with this process, you can use the AutoGeneratingDataFieldDescriptor event of the control, where the data field generation can be canceled or customized. Additionally, you can set the AutoGenerateDataFieldDescriptor property to False and define the data fields manually via the RadCardView's DataFieldDescriptors collection. Read more in the Data Field Descriptor article.

Data Manipulation

There are several mechanisms to customize the displayed data. You can filter, sort or group it. Additionally, when a card is selected, you can edit its data fields using the built-in UI. Read more about those features in the Features section of the documentation.

Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Material.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadCardView, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input
    • Telerik.Windows.Data

Example 2 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 2: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Material;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Material;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Material;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Input.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Material;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 4 shows a RadCardView with the Material theme applied.

Figure 4: RadCardView with the Material theme

RadCardView with Material theme

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