Pro Expression Blend 4

Authors: Troelsen, Andrew

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    • Written by best-selling .NET author Andrew Troelsen in the same style as his popular C# books.
    • The first book to use full color to present Blend's graphically-intensive concepts clearly and efficiently.
    • Uniquely presents both a comprehensive tour of Blend's features and also a series of fully-worked hands-on labs that show the concepts in action.
    • Presents specific advice on how to use Blend to create applications for sale in the Windows Phone 7 application store.

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About this book

Pro Expression Blend 4 is for .NET developers and graphical artists who want to learn the ins and outs of the Expression Blend integrated development environment. You may know already that this tool can be used to build Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 applications; however, this book will take you well beyond the basics and provide you with a detailed examination of key Blend topics, including workspace customization, graphics, layout, styles, themes, data binding, and the use of SketchFlow, giving you an excellent understanding of the Blend product and what it can do for you. Over the course of these eight chapters, you will learn numerous techniques to simplify the authoring of XAML using Blend. These include:  

  • Transforming a vector graphic into a custom control template with a few clicks of the mouse
  • Generating complex animations using an integrated timeline editor
  • Visually designing interactive data templates
  • Creating prototypes (via SketchFlow) that can be transformed into production-level code    

Throughout Pro Expression Blend 4, you'll work with both Blend and .NET code to finalize fully-functional projects that will provide both valuable insights and a sound foundation for your future WPF and Silverlight projects. Each chapter will give you ample opportunity to build .NET software using Blend. However, this is not a programming book, per se. While some examples will require a manageable amount of C# code, this book is squarely focused on helping you gain mastery over the numerous tools, editors, designers, and wizards of the Microsoft Expression Blend IDE.

About the authors

Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup. You can check out his blog at AndrewTroelsen.blogspot.com.

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-3378-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-3377-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pro Expression Blend 4
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Andrew Troelsen
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-3378-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-3378-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-3377-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 400
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