In order to start working in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) there are some basics you’ll need.
A PC running Vista:
- You’ll need a PC running Vista. You could work with XP SP2 but in order to do so you’ll need to download and install the .NET 3.0 Framework
The basic applications:
- Expression Blend - Free trial
This is essential for a designer. You’ll need Blend to to create layouts, animations and controls.
- Expression Design - Free Trial
You don’t really need expression design, but it is helpful if you are creating Vector graphics in other applications like Illustrator. Expression Design allows you to convert them to XAML.
- Visual C# Express - Free
This is essential if you want to be able to hand code parts of the application. If you’re a designer and don’t plan on directly editing C# or XAML you can skip this, but it is good to have.
- XamlPadX - Free
If you want to learn XAML this is really handy for testing and previewing your code.
Downloadable sample applications: