Jaime Rodriguez On Windows Phone, Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and Windows 7
In my earlier post I walked through my favorite Cider beta2 features. You might have noticed that I focused on 'developer' features like laying out controls, wiring up events, and XAML editing. I skipped other 'designer' tasks (like styling, templating, animation, etc.) that you would need to create a stunning app . The reason I skipped them is because the features required for these tasks are not in Cider v1; you can definitely implement all of these tasks by just typing XAML in the XAML editor, but that is not the highly productive RAD approach you get out of Expression Blend, so my reccomendation is that you use Blend for this.
Here is what I consider the sweet spots for each tool (based on my experience, this is not the official opinions from either team ):
So, to build an amazing wpf app with out compromising productivity and maximizing ease of you, you will have to use both tools.. If your immediate reaction was "argh, two tools!" I reacted that way at first, but having done it for last few weeks, I got a little bit less irritated... here are some of my personal takes/experiences/predictions around this subject:
I am clearly not in marketing so likely a better way to show you the seamless integration between the tools is to walk through a brief screencast as I did in part 1. Here is a 10 min screencast showing (briefly, not in full) how you can change a few templates and triggers in the 'bare browser' we created in part 1.
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