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Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development Beginner's Guide by Frank LaVigne, Cameron Albert

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Creating applications in Expression Blend

What we've done so far falls short of some of the things you may have already seen and done in Silverlight. Hand editing XAML, assisted by Intellisense, works just fine to a point, but to create anything complex requires another tool to assist with turning our vision into code.

Note

Intellisense is a feature of Visual Studio and Blend that auto-completes text when you start typing a keyword, method, or variable name.

Expression Blend may scare off developers at first with its radically different interface, but if you look more closely, you'll see that Blend has a lot in common with Visual Studio. For starters, both tools use the same Solution and Project file format. That means it's 100% compatible and enables ...

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