Interested in learning more about WinFX? Fancy trying a spot of development? Then read on...
The following would be one route:
- Find a decent spec'd PC (1GHz +, 256MB RAM+, Windows XP) you don't care about OR create yourself a new Windows XP virtual machine using Microsoft Virtual PC
- Install the WinFX Runtime Components Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation
- Install the WinFX SDK to give yourself access to the documentation and command-line tools)
- Take a look at WinFX RC Nov CTP Readme (general notes and warnings)
- You can now view the documentation, extract and build samples - yeehaaaa 🙂
BUT - don't stop there...
- Install Visual Studio 2005 to get yourself a full on development environment for .NET Framework 2.0 (available in the MSDN Subscribers Download section or the free Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition)
- Install the VS2005 Extensions for WinFX Runtime Components which gives you project templates and IntelliSense for WPF and WCF in Visual Studio 2005
- Install the VS2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation which gives you project templates and IntelliSense for WWF in Visual Studio 2005
The SDK has a lot of great samples to play with - but please note - not all work with the November CTP.
A great place to start is a spot of WPF with the sample XamlPad - search the SDK to download and build XamlPad