Getting Started with WPF Syntax Editor

This section explains how to create an interactive code editor application like Microsoft Visual Studio Editor using the EditControl.

Assembly deployment

Refer to the Control Dependencies section to get the list of assemblies or NuGet package that needs to be added as a reference to use the control in any application.

Refer to this documentation to find more details about installing nuget packages in a WPF application.

Creating simple application with EditControl

You can create Windows Forms application with EditControl as follows:

  1. Creating the project
  2. Adding control via Designer
  3. Adding control via XAML
  4. Adding control via C#
  5. Loading a file into Document
  6. Syntax Highlighting

Creating the project

Create a new WPF project in Visual Studio to display the EditControl.

Adding EditControl via designer

The EditControl can be added to the application by dragging it from the toolbox and dropping it in the designer view. The following required assembly references will be added automatically:

  • Syncfusion.Edit.WPF

  • Syncfusion.GridCommon.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Tools.WPF

GettingStarted by designer

Adding WPF EditControl via XAML

To add the EditControl manually in XAML, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF project in Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project:

  • Syncfusion.Edit.WPF

  • Syncfusion.GridCommon.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Tools.WPF

3) Import Syncfusion WPF schema http://schemas.syncfusion.com/wpf, and declare the EditControl in XAML page.

<Window
        xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
        xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
        xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
        xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
        xmlns:local="clr-namespace:WPF_ForDocumentation"
        xmlns:syncfusion="http://schemas.syncfusion.com/wpf" 
        x:Class="WPF_ForDocumentation.MainWindow"
        mc:Ignorable="d"
         Name="mainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="400">
<Grid>
<syncfusion:EditControl x:Name="editControl1" BorderBrush="Black"
BorderThickness="1"
Background="White" Foreground="Black" 
HorizontalAlignment="Left" 
Height="300" Margin="0" 
VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="300"/>

</Grid>
</Window>

Adding WPF EditControl via C#

To add the EditControl manually in C#, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF application via Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project:

  • Syncfusion.Edit.WPF

  • Syncfusion.GridCommon.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Shared.WPF

  • Syncfusion.Tools.WPF

3) Include the required namespace.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Edit;

4) Create an instance of EditControl, and add it to the window.

public MainWindow()
{
        InitializeComponent();
        //Initializing EditControl and setting necessary property values.
        EditControl editControl = new EditControl() {Height = 200, Width = 200, Background = Brushes.White, Foreground = Brushes.Black };
        this.Content = editControl;
}

Adding EditControl to Project

Loading a file into document

This option helps to load a file into the EditControl.

Essential Edit WPF facilitates users to create, open, modify and save text files and programming language files. EditControl provides built-in support for a variety of text based file formats such as txt, cs, VB, SQL, XAML, and XML. It also enables to specify custom file types in the custom language configurations.

Opening a file

The DocumentSource property of EditControl is used to specify the file to be opened with EditControl. The following code can be used to set the DocumentSource property of EditControl is used to specify the file to be opened with EditControl property.

<syncfusion:EditControl x:Name="editControl" DocumentSource="C:\Content.txt" ShowLineNumber="False" EnableOutlining="False"/>
editControl.DocumentSource = @"C:\Content.txt";
editControl.DocumentSource = "C:\Content.txt"

Opening a Document File

Files can also be opened using the LoadFile method. LoadFile method displays a FileOpenDialog to enable you to choose the file that needs to be opened in the EditControl.

editControl.LoadFile();
editControl.LoadFile()

LoadFile to open DocumentFile

Saving the text in a file

SaveFile method in the EditControl class is used to save the text in EditControl to a file. EditControl does support saving all the built-in languages, file types and custom language file type respectively.

editControl.SaveFile();
editControl.SaveFile()

Saving the File

Syntax highlighting

The EditControl offers mostly used languages like C#, VB, XML, XAML and SQL as built-in languages. It also provides support to configure new custom language.

The EditControl has built-in syntax highlighting support for the following languages:

  • C
  • C Sharp
  • Custom
  • Delphi
  • HTML
  • Java
  • J Script
  • PowerShell
  • Text
  • VBScript
  • Visual Basic
  • XML
  • XAML
  • SQL

With the language support, EditControl enables the users to create, open, modify and save programming codes from different file types. EditControl provides built in Syntax highlighting and outlining support for all supported languages with SQL being exception in outlining support. It also provides built-in IntelliSense support for all procedural languages such as C# and Visual Basic.

The DocumentLanguage property in the EditControl class enables the users to select the language. DocumentLanguage is a Language enum type property with default value as Text. The following lines of code can be used to change the DocumentLanguage property.

<syncfusion:EditControl x:Name="editControl" DocumentLanguage="CSharp" DocumentSource="C:\Source.cs" FontSize="13"/>
editControl.DocumentLanguage = Languages.CSharp;
editControl.DocumentLanguage = Languages.CSharp

Syntax Highlighting