Chapter 2. Getting started with WPF and Visual Studio 2008

This chapter covers:

  • Building a simple WPF application
  • Targeting different versions of the .NET runtime
  • The joy of TextBlocks
  • A guided tour of Visual Studio 2008
  • Why Kernighan and Ritchie won’t return our phone calls

We have a confession to make. We hate Hello, World! applications. When we first started this book, we decided categorically that we were not going to put one in—particularly not one that looks almost identical to one you might have built in any other Windows presentation medium for the last decade.


We need to accomplish a few things before we can move on to the interesting stuff. First, we need to go through the basic steps for creating a project in the environment ...

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