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MSDN Managed Groups, Blend vs. VS2008 (Jules Winfield) - 1/4/2008 2:24 PM PST RRS feed

  • Question

  • By: Jules Winfield


    Hi,

    First of all, I just want to check to see if this message is visible. I'm an
    MSDN subscriber using my assigned email alias of
    Jules.Winfield@newsgroup.nospam. Is this one of the "managed newsgroups"
    where I can receive support if I have Blend questions in the future?

    Next, I'd like to know why one would purchase and use MSFT Blend as opposed
    to the WPF designer that's already built into VS2008. I've been a Windows
    application designer for many years (Win32 API, MFC, and most recently,
    WinForms) and am trying to make the jump to WPF. Clearly I'll be doing all
    of my coding in VS2008, but for UI design, I don't understand the difference
    between the MSFT Blend product and the designer in VS2008.

    I, Mr. Jules Winfield with an email alias of
    Jules.Winfield@newsgroup.nospam, would appreciate your assistance.

    Jules
    Friday, February 22, 2008 3:49 PM

All replies

  • Brennon Williams


    Howdy Jules..

    > First of all, I just want to check to see if this message is visible. I'm an
    > MSDN subscriber using my assigned email alias of
    > Jules.Winfield@newsgroup.nospam. Is this one of the "managed newsgroups"
    > where I can receive support if I have Blend questions in the future?

    Absolutely... we are all pretty informal here and will do out best to help
    you out.

    Please try to keep your questions strictely on the topic which is Blend, as
    opposed to VS or application architecture questions. MS provides other forums
    that are better suited to these requests..


    > Next, I'd like to know why one would purchase and use MSFT Blend as opposed
    > to the WPF designer that's already built into VS2008. I've been a Windows
    > application designer for many years (Win32 API, MFC, and most recently,
    > WinForms) and am trying to make the jump to WPF. Clearly I'll be doing all
    > of my coding in VS2008, but for UI design, I don't understand the difference
    > between the MSFT Blend product and the designer in VS2008.

    The following is an extract from a post I made earlier to someone asking
    almost the same question:

    First it is great that you have tons of coding experience.. but WPF UI layer
    is about declarative markup XAML.. The compiler is optimised for it so Blends
    primary goals are to allow you to design a UI quickly instead of having to
    hand crank the XAML.

    Anytime in future that you need animations, triggers, simple
    databinding wizards, resource dictionary editing, 100% visual depiction in
    design time (as opposed to runtime only) then Blend is the only tool of
    choice. The VS editor can not alway accurately render XAML

    Play around with the preview versions for awhile.. try and make a really
    complex UI that is esthetically pleasing (not just standard controls) and
    then make your decision. As always, if you need any help, we are all here to
    try.

    Cheers
    --
    Want to learn how to use Blend and visual studio?

    http://www.learnexpressionstudio.com
    http://www.expressionblend.com
    http://www.x-coders.com


    "Jules Winfield" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > First of all, I just want to check to see if this message is visible. I'm an
    > MSDN subscriber using my assigned email alias of
    > Jules.Winfield@newsgroup.nospam. Is this one of the "managed newsgroups"
    > where I can receive support if I have Blend questions in the future?
    >
    > Next, I'd like to know why one would purchase and use MSFT Blend as opposed
    > to the WPF designer that's already built into VS2008. I've been a Windows
    > application designer for many years (Win32 API, MFC, and most recently,
    > WinForms) and am trying to make the jump to WPF. Clearly I'll be doing all
    > of my coding in VS2008, but for UI design, I don't understand the difference
    > between the MSFT Blend product and the designer in VS2008.
    >
    > I, Mr. Jules Winfield with an email alias of
    > Jules.Winfield@newsgroup.nospam, would appreciate your assistance.
    >
    > Jules
    >
    >
    >
    Friday, February 22, 2008 11:47 PM