Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Are You Annoyed With The Visual Studio XAML Design View?

I know I was! Sure, Visual Studio 2010 has a much improved designer (especially if you are working with Silverlight), but for the most part, the designer for Silverlight and WPF applications is pretty weak. I would much rather work in Blend or straight XAML. If I had to edit a XAML page in Visual Studio, I would always open the file and immediately switch to full XAML view. The designer always took too long to load and it wasted a lot of my time. Well, if you are in the same boat, here is a little tip. You can configure Visual Studio to always open XAML files in full XAML view and bypass the designer. To do this, go to the Tools menu and select Options. In the options dialog, select the Text Editor element on the left hand side and go to XAML and the Miscellaneous. Under the Default View section, make sure the ‘Always open documents in Full XAML view’ is checked and click ok. That should do it. From now on you will open your XAML files directly in the XAML view and you won’t have to wait for the editor to load and tell you it can’t render the XAML.


Note: The version of VS I am running is VS 2010 Ultimate.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Silverlight 4 Just Released – Books to Help You Out


With the release of Sivlerlight 4 and all the tools related to that technology, now is a great time to learn how to develop rich web applications using Microsoft Silverlight. This knowledge will also allow you to create rich applications for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. Follow the links below to purchase some of the newest (most up to date) books on Silverlight development.