Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Unleashed


The complete guide to building world-class rich Internet applications with Microsoft Expression Blend 4 and WPF, Silverlight, and XAML

  • Now in full color!
  • Covers all designer interactions involved in building real-world applications — from drag-and-drop design to prototyping, and beyond
  • Includes four start-to-finish 'Learning Lab Project' ...
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The complete guide to building world-class rich Internet applications with Microsoft Expression Blend 4 and WPF, Silverlight, and XAML

  • Now in full color!
  • Covers all designer interactions involved in building real-world applications — from drag-and-drop design to prototyping, and beyond
  • Includes four start-to-finish 'Learning Lab Project' case studies
  • By Brennon Williams, Microsoft MVP for Expression Blend and a world-renowned leader of the Expression Blend community

Written by Microsoft MVP Brennon Williams, this is the definitive guide to building rich Internet applications with the newest version of Expression Blend. Now in full color, this comprehensive, practical reference covers every designer and developer interaction with Expression Blend 4, including: ' Getting started, navigating Blend 4, and utilizing its tools and asset library ' Using new designer tools to maximize productivity ' Creating styles, control templates, and grid layouts ' Prototyping WPF and Silverlight applications ' Enabling specific software behaviors in user interfaces via drag-and-drop design ' Using design-time data sources, resource dictionaries, and triggers ' Storyboarding and then building sophisticated animations ' Implementing processes ' Importing designs from Adobe Illustrator and other programs ' Creating functional prototypes ' Working with user, inherited, and custom controls ' Integrating 3D elements, and much more Expression Blend 4 Unleashed also includes four start-to-finish Learning Lab Projects — walking designers through building media players, contact managers, application launchers, and media managers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672331077
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brennon Williams is a world-renowned leader of the Expression Blend and WPF/Silverlight/XAML development community. After "conquering" the UK, he relocated to New York in 2008 to become User Interface Architect for Microsoft's largest Surface partner, where he is involved with WPF, XNA, and advanced multi-touch device development. His extensive skillset as a hybrid designer/developer includes experience in Flash, 3D Object Modeling, and DirectX based development.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. What's New in Blend 4

3. Getting Started

4. Navigating Blend

5. Basic Toolbox Elements

6. The Properties Tab

7. The First Button

8. Understanding Content

9. Resources

10. Asset Library

11. Property Categories in Details

12. Simple Styles and Control Templates

13. Grid Layouts

14. Learning Lab Project 1 (Media Player)

15. Panels and Containers

16. Design Time Data Sources

17. Resource Dictionaries

18. Triggers

19. Simple Animation Storyboards

20. Visual State Manager

21. Learning Lab Project 2 (Contact Manager)

22. Real World Process Implementation

23. Create a Functional Prototype Application Type

24. Anatomy of a Solution

25. User Controls - A Presentation Mechanism

26. Importing Designs from Other Programs

27. Advanced ToolBox and Menus

28. Resource Vault

29. Behaviors (TBC)

30. Learning Lab Project 3 (Application Launcher)

31. Inherited Controls

32. Custom Controls

33. Advanced Animation and Control

34. Data Binding

35. Working with 3D Elements

36. Learning Lab Project 4 (Media Manager)

Appendix A. XAML Overview

Appendix B. Using Blend with Silverlight, Surface and Azure

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