I’m working on a little project at the moment which is dynamically building a WPF user interface based on a configuration file loaded when the application starts. This involves code to manually create all of the bits and pieces that are normally specified directly in a Xaml file.
One useful shortcut I’ve found is to leverage .NETs built in TypeConverter framework - the same technique used by the Xaml loader itself.
The TypeDescriptor system provides access to a heap of useful capabilities that we’ve only just touched upon here. Worth following up.