#186 – When to Use Blend (vs. Visual Studio)

You could develop your entire application using only Visual Studio.  Actually, you could develop an application without Visual Studio, using your editor of choice to write the code and command line tools to build your application.

But ideally, you’ll want to use both Visual Studio and Blend.  There is a fair amount of overlap in what you can do in each tool, but the basic model is:

  • Use Visual Studio to write and debug code
  • Use Blend to create or edit layout of visual elements in your application

While you can use Visual Studio to do layout and you can use Blend to edit code, Visual Studio is better at working with code and Blend is better at working with layout.



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2 Responses to #186 – When to Use Blend (vs. Visual Studio)

  1. Pingback: #193 – You Can Have a Project Open in Blend and Visual Studio at the Same Time « 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

  2. Swapneel says:

    Hey can you please please help me out.
    I want to know how to create a desktop application using blend & visual studio 2010
    I have designed the prototype but I am not able to get how to import it in VS 2010 to write the code.
    Please reply to me on my e-mail.
    Awaiting keenly for your reply.


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