Blend for Visual Studio 2012 By Example: Beginner's Guide

Leverage the power of Blend to create, modify, and reuse applications and components for Windows using practical, hands-on recipes

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 By Example: Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Abhishek Shukla

Leverage the power of Blend to create, modify, and reuse applications and components for Windows using practical, hands-on recipes
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ISBN 139781849693882
Paperback351 pages

About This Book

  • Discover how to add storyboard and animation to the applications
  • Find your way across the Blend IDE
  • A practical approach to using SketchFlow to create, package, and communicate designs before actual implementation

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at developers and designers who are new to Blend and looking to learn Blend, not just practically, but also conceptually. This book does not assume any knowledge about Blend on the part of developers; however, some experience in design or development might be useful in understanding the concepts faster, but this book explains everything very simply so that you are able to understand everything with little or no effort.

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What You Will Learn

  • Learn about layouts and controls offered by Blend and using them
  • Understand the need for and purpose of XAML and how to use it in Blend applications
  • Create applications for Windows 8
  • Add behaviors and states to our applications
  • Explore vector graphics
  • Create User and Custom control and reuse them across applications
  • Understand data binding and use it in our applications

In Detail

Creating applications with compelling graphics has been one of the main goals of client applications, and with the arrival of WPF, Silverlight, and HTML 5 it is much easier than ever before to create interactive and rich user interfaces. These technologies make use of the computational and graphical power of the computers. In short, these are the technologies of the present and the future. Blend when used for Visual Studio allows you to create applications for Windows Store, Windows Phone, WPF, and Silverlight easily and efficiently. It provides the design centric capabilities to develop applications.

This book is a hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear, step-by-step exercises, which will help you take advantage of the real power of Blend in creating WPF, Silverlight, and HTML5 applications. It will give you a good grounding in creating Windows, Web, and Windows phone applications.

You will learn about the various tools and techniques that are available in Blend and different types of applications that we can create using Blend. We will also look at the various layouts and controls available in Blend and how we can create animations and behaviors in Blend. We will also see how we can manage styles and templates in our application and what vector graphics are. We will see how we can utilize User Controls, Custom Controls, and Data Binding in our applications, and last but not the least, we will create applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

By the end of the book, you will be well aware of all the major concepts in Blend and also you will be able to develop Windows, Web, and Windows Phone applications. You will also be aware of the various capabilities that are available in Blend out of box.


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ISBN 139781849693882
Paperback351 pages
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