Below is a code snippet of how I have been laying out my WPF control XAML. I do it mainly because I get intellisense in the editor and I can change the implementation of the viewmodel and push the layout into a resource file.

However, I am not sure whether you gurus have a better insight into why I should not do this?

I'm just after a critique really.

        <ResourceDictionary Source="../../Styles/BaseStyles.xaml"/>

    <DataTemplate x:Key="LayoutRoot" 
                  DataType="{x:Type ns:IViewModel}">

        <Grid Height="200" Width="300">
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
                <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />

                <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto"/>
                <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>

            <Label Content="Some Label" Style="{StaticResource BoldLabel}" Margin="5, 0" 
                   Target="{Binding ElementName=Lcb1}"/>

            <endorsements:LimitComboBox Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="1" x:Name="Lcb1" 
                            Limit="{Binding SomeData}" />

            <Label Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0" Content="Some Other Label" 
                   Style="{StaticResource BoldLabel}" Margin="5, 0" Target={Binding ElementName=Lcb2/>

            <endorsements:LimitComboBox Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="1" x:Name="Lcb2" 
                            Limit="{Binding SomeOtherData}" />

            <StackPanel Grid.Row="3" Grid.Column="0" Orientation="Horizontal" HorizontalAlignment="Right" Grid.ColumnSpan="2">
                <Button Content="OK" Command="{Binding ApplyCommand}" IsDefault="True"/>
                <Button Content="Cancel" IsCancel="True"/>

  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you explain how is this user control meant to be used? \$\endgroup\$
    – svick
    Dec 5, 2013 at 17:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ It not so much about what the control does, but more about how to layout the markup. Instead of putting the markup directly into the body, I am placing it in a data template which may or may not be in the resources tag, then using a content presenter to display. \$\endgroup\$
    – hiding.ape
    Dec 9, 2013 at 13:20

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There are 2 things that I could critisize on your code with the information you gave us:

  1. Don't load style resources inside the usercontrol. Let the application hold control over how to style a usercontrol
  2. Try not to use a grid in this context, because it prevents the control from adopting itself to new sizes of the window. StackPanels and Dockpanel are much better for this
  • \$\begingroup\$ How exactly would another kind of panel help here? I think that Grid is ideal for this kind of label-value UIs. \$\endgroup\$
    – svick
    Dec 5, 2013 at 17:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well it depends where you will integrate that user control. If you know that that part of the UI never will get resized then you are fine using grid yes. \$\endgroup\$
    – RononDex
    Dec 6, 2013 at 7:03

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