Two years ago, Microsoft started to release community tech previews (CTP) of a product that was codenamed Sparkle. This tool had an impressive mission: to enable Windows developers and, for the first time, Web designers to more easily build powerful desktop applications with rich graphic user interfaces (GUIs). Sparkle evolved into Blend, a part of the Microsoft Expression product family. In this first edition of Microsoft Expression Blend 2: Visual QuickStart Guide, you will learn how to use Blend to build Web graphics and user interfaces.

What Is Expression Blend?

Simply put, Expression Blend is a tool that helps you build rich GUIs for desktop or Web browser deployment. Blend has many of the drawing tools that you’d expect in a graphics ...

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