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Foundation Expression Blend 2

Building Applications in WPF and Silverlight

By Victor Gaudioso

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Covers everything from the first installation of Blend and Silverlight up to creating your first designs and showing you how to start developing with real-world examples.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-59059-976-1
  • 350 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF

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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.

What you’ll learn

  • Learn the Blend 2 and Visual Studio 2008 development environments
  • Create designs using Blend 2's unique tools
  • Use XAML and C# to add interactivity to your designs
  • Publish your rich media applications to the Web using Silverlight


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On page several:
p. 196 Using count++ violates the OOP Encapsulation & Modularity previously recommended. Suppose an ImageData instance were created outside the context of the ImageFactory.

p. 131 PreviewMouseDown() is intended for a completely different use, and not as a way of sequencing events. Higher level windows can cancel the event, resulting in partial execution of the two steps with incorrect behaviour.

p. 129 throw new NotImplementedException in the code does not match the new Exception(“The method or operation is not implemented.”) in the associated description.

p. 27 _myactauldata should be _myactualdata


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