Silverlight 4 Implicit Styling
One of the cool new features of Silverlight 4 is Implicit Styling: you can now theme your application without resorting to the ImplicitStyleManager from the toolkit.
For that you just create Styles in resource and do not specify x:keys (just the TargetType).
Code Sample for a Button:
<Setter Property=”FontSize” Value=”24″>Setter>
<Setter Property=”Background” Value=”Red”>Setter>
<Setter Property=”Foreground” Value=”#FFAA3434″>Setter>
Now every Button in your app get styled, no need to specify a style key from resource:
Speaking about resource, did you see that VS2010 has an “Extract Value to Resource…” feature on the properties window ?
Then it asks you where you want to store that resource (current page, app.xaml, …). Unfortunately you can’t extract multiple properties at the same time to create a new Style… but this is still beta, right?
Remember Silverlight 4 beta is a developer release only (the public runtime is not available for this release) so my previous post on ImplicitStyleManager is still valid for your current Silverlight 3 apps, waiting for Silverlight 4 to ship!