Synopses & Reviews
The only real tool available for creating rich media applications, web-based animations, and games has been Flash?until now WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) and Silverlight have opened the door of rich media application development to Microsoft .NET developers. With Microsoft's Blend 2 and Visual Studio 2008, you can now create compelling rich media applications, complete with animations and even 3D
This book shows you how to take full advantage of Blend's interface, together with and Silverlight's vastly improved designer-developer workflow, guiding you through every step of development from downloading and installing of the development environment through creating finished, functional projects. You'll learn how to create simple drawing applications with the InkCanvas, make tabbed and scrollable interfaces, as well as build fully featured media players, photo galleries, and interactive 3D designs.
Each chapter discusses major WPF and Silverlight features, provides a hands-on tutorial, and explains how that feature is implemented in the real world. In the end, you will have a collection of impressive WPF and Silverlight applications that can be added to your portfolio.
Whether you're an experienced .NET or web developer, or you're just starting out, this book will provide you with all you need to create rich media applications with Expression Blend 2.
Expression Blend was Microsofta (TM)s first entry into the web application and design space; the first time they trod on Adobe Flasha (TM)s toes. They got a lot of things right, and started to carve out a market, but they didna (TM)t get the crossover numbers they wanted. Blend 2 is where they put that right. This book details everything a designer or developer needs to know to start developing web applications in Blend.
Welcome to Foundation Expression Blend 2: Building Applications in WPF and Silverlight I am very excited about this book, as I love Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight, and I have a passion for teaching them both. Throughout the course of the book, I am going to take you step by step from being a novice in Blend/WPF/Silverlight to being a skilled prac- tioner, able to create your own dynamic Rich Media Applications with animations, stunning effects, and even 3D objects. As well as these innovative tools from Microsoft, you will also use some third-party applications that will really make your creations visually stunning. Because this technology is so new, only a handful of people in the world know how to develop in it, and those who can are compensated very well and are highly sought after. It s a rapidly expanding market, and more and more companies are looking for Silverlight and WPF developers if you have those skills, then you ll be a developer in demand To give you an www. identitymine."
In this book, Gaudioso explains how to set up a WPF/Blend environment and teaches the basics of WPF. He covers everything from the first install of Blend and Silverlight up to creating first designs and showing professionals how to start developing in WPF/Blend with real world examples.