You’ve read the posts. You’ve heard the hype. You can’t wait any longer to see what can be done with WPF. Now what?
Install the runtime
First, you need to install the .NET 3.0 framework. This framework includes all the files your computer needs to run any .NET 2.0 or .NET 3.0 application. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes or so to download the installer and install the updates. .NET 3.0 Redistributable Package: Free Download Here
As of November 2007 you can install the .NET 3.5 Framework too.
What can you view after you’ve install the .NET 3.0 framework?
- Self contained XAML files (*.xaml)
- Sometimes called loose xaml
- Double-click the xaml file and it runs in IE.
- XBAP application
- XBAPs are WPF applications that are compiled to run in IE.
- XBAP can be more complex than loose XAML files, example navigating through many XAML pages
- WPF exes. Normal .NET assemblies compiled into an EXE file
Creating WPF applications
If your a coder you probably can’t wait to starting coding WPF. You’ve probably seen a few intriguing WPF examples. Now you want to start splitting pixels and crafting 3D splines. You want to start writing your own code. What do you do?
Developers need tools for creating applications. You can use notepad and the SDK and build applications or you can install the Visual Studio 2008 and have VS help you configure, layout and and compile your application. The UI designer in Visual Studio 2005 is very limited so don’t bother now that Visual Studio 2008 has shipped. I suggest you try the Expression Blend too. The Expression Blend UI designer interface is vastly better the the one in Visual Studio. The XAML editor in Visual Studio 2008 is better than the Expression Blend XAML editor though.