The release of the first (December) CTP of WPF/E and the announcement of the new names and design of the Microsoft Expression tools has generated quite some interest in the technology according to the Technorati search results for WPF/E and Microsoft Expression.
Running the "WPF/E" (codename) CTP (December 2006) SDK Samples is fairly simple but when starting with the development of a WPF/E application quite some questions might pop up. A few examples:
- what exactly is WPF/E?
- how does it relate to XAML?
- how do I get started in Visual Studio 2005?
- which tools should I use for creating the design of the application?
- how should I configure my app to deploy the XAML runtime to Internet Explorer and Firefox?
- what will be running in the browser: xml or binary content?
- how does ASP.NET AJAX relates to WPF/E?
- what are the scenarios for using WPF/E?
The good news is that all of these questions are answered in the following white papers on MSDN:
- Getting Started with "WPF/E" (Code Name) - Laurence Moroney
This white paper provides a high-level overview into "WPF/E" and how it fits into the development stack for the next generation of Web applications.
- "WPF/E" (Code Name) Architecture Overview - Barak Cohen
This white paper provides a high-level overview of the "WPF/E" architecture and how it fits into the Microsoft offering for building next-generation Web applications. Also, this white paper provides an architectural review of the "WPF/E" technology.
- "WPF/E" (Code Name) for Web Media Scenarios
This white paper describes the benefits, features, and usage of the "WPF/E" (code name) Community Technology Preview (CTP) for delivery of rich audio and video experiences on the Web.