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  1. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 By Example Beginner's Guide
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  2. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 By Example Beginner's Guide

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

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.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about layouts and controls offered by Blend and how to use 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 controls 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 HTML5 it is much easier than ever before to create interactive and rich user interfaces.

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 by Example Beginner's Guide will give you a good grounding in creating Windows, Web, and Windows Phone applications. You will also look at the various layouts and controls available in Blend and how we can create animations and behaviors in Blend.

Towards the end, you will be aware of the various capabilities that are available in Blend out of the box.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I would have given it 1 Star, but I can't say I 'hated' the book, but I really didn't like it. Certainly not worth the cost, and I purchased it as Kindle. I would have been very upset to pay the hard copy cost. And it does not meet the objectives stated in the Preface, to 'be able to develop Windows, web, and Windows Phone applications' - I don't think so. This is not a strong publication nor selling point for PACKT publishing and causes me to reconsider their product line. The Wrox series by Wiley for me has always been and is far more vetted and effective.

On the plus side, I did learn how Blend works in a general sense. Beyond that I'm going to need another book to finish my ramp up into Blend. Each chapter provides a textual explanation of the topic covered and those explanations are pretty effective.

On the minus side, after the explanations are finished and the exercises begin, that's where the trouble starts. This is not a very good book because it... Read more
This book focuses on one must-have tool for developing new generation of apps around XAML... all chapters are nicely presented and an example eases to understand and understand of the concept presented ... The last chapters focus on how to develop apps for Windows 8 et integrate to windows Store... Initially for beginners, it covers all the technologies that need to properly develop new app... blend is the perfect tool to develop nice app... this could be easily adapt for the latest versions of Visual studio.
This time it was Blend for Visual Studio 2012 by Example, a book by Abhishek Shukla (@abbeyshukla), apparently, the first book on Blend for Visual Studio, even if it still covers Visual Studio 2012, most of it will apply to 2013 as well. My interest in Blend came from the fact that I recently had to work with Silverlight, and Blend is, of course, one of the must-have tools.

This book is for beginners on Blend, and it covers a number of technologies around XAML:

- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
- Silverlight
- Windows Phone Apps
- Windows Store Apps

Each chapter starts by explaining some concept and then goes on to a sample application that demonstrates it.

Chapter 1 - Getting Started with Blend
So, the first chapter is just an introduction on what Blend is used for, how to get it and install it, the Blend IDE, etc. We are guided through a sample (and simple) application built in Silverlight. I'd... Read more
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