Pro Expression Blend 4

The point of this first chapter is to examine the nuts and bolts of the Microsoft Expression Blend integrated development environment (IDE). You will begin with a brief overview of each member of the Microsoft Expression family of products, and see their place within a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight development effort. Next, you will examine the various project templates of Expression Blend, come to know the key workspace areas (the artboard, the Objects and Timeline panel, the Properties panel, etc.), and understand the interplay between Expression Blend and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. The chapter concludes with coverage of how to customize the layout of the IDE to suit your personal preferences.