The future is WPF

Software's quickly moving to WPF, Windows Presentation Foundation. WPF was ushered in as part of Vista and has been growing ever since. Ry Crozier highlights this important trend in Windows development in his ITnews write-up. More components in Windows 7 are moving to WPF, and WPF is the basis for Silverlight. For a technology that's been available for only a relatively short time, WPF has made some pretty big inroads.

The real secret to success behind WPF may be credited to XAML(Extensible Application Markup Language) and tools like Expression Blend. XAML brings to Windows applications what HTML brought to Web pages: the ability to codify descriptively the user interface elements and layout.  

I know the development project work I'm doing now is all using WPF and XAML. One of the best benefits is being able to ship XAML specs back and forth between developer and user-interface designer (usually me). You can make changes in Expression Blend and ship the XAML specs back to development and vice versa. As I get a bit further into the project, I'll be talking about some of my experiences with WPF, XAML and Expression Blend.

If you are new to WPF, Microsoft has a good WPF getting-started tutorial on its MSDN Web site. There's also an overview of XAML.

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