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WPF: User Controls vs Control Templates

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I am trying to figure out what the main difference is between a User Control and a Control Template.  It seems that in both cases I can specify what controls I want to use since the Control Template allows me to change the entire visual tree of the control I am templating, but the User Control allows me to define what controls I want to include as well.  What is the main difference here?
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by:lulu2005
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Two things comes up into my mind is:

The user control can
  • let you define your own events and where and how to trigger it.
  • let you define the interactions among the controls.
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by:ToddBeaulieu
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I agree with lulu. You can do more with a user control, since you're defining not only a group of controls (potentially), but also the code behind, including event handling, etc.

The biggest factor in deciding to make a UC, though, is whether you're going to reuse it. There's little sense, IMO, in creating a user control for one time use.
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The main difference between user controls and templates is that using a template you can completely change an existing control throughout your application without even needing to change anything else than App.xam. Imagine turning all of the ComboBox controls into spinning 3D carousels: you can do exactly this with templates by modifying just the App.xaml file.

Creating a user controls that would be used in place of your ComboBox, in the above example, means you would need to replace every occurrence of the ComboBox control with a declaration of your user control everywhere. While this can be acceptable for an application that's under development, you definitely don't want to do this in an already developed application.
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