MSDN Radio: Exploring the Visual Studio Designer for WPF and Silverlight with Mark Wilson-Thomas

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Both Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight take advantage of a powerful new paradigm for declaratively creating user interfaces that leverage the graphics power innate in modern personal computers. As we move that same technology into the phone space and beyond we need developer tools that work the way we do. Microsoft Visual Studio has been evolving with the advances in WPF and Silverlight, and in the latest release includes a number of great facilities to simplify and improve productivity in the UI development process. Join us as we sit down with one of the primary drivers of these advances Mark Wilson-Thomas. He’s been active speaking at conferences around the world and comes to our studios to answer your questions.

MSDN Radio is a weekly Developer talk-show that helps answer your questions about the latest Microsoft news, solutions, and technologies. We dive into the challenges of deciphering today’s technology stack. Visit to register for upcoming shows.

Mark and the team would love to hear your feedback on the WPF and Silverlight Designer on their MSDN Forum. You can also find a ton of great content about the designer on the team’s Blog. You can follow Mark on twitter @MarkPavWT

Host and Guest: Mike Benkovich, Senior Developer Evangelist, and Mark Wilson-Thomas, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Mike Benkovich delivers technical presentations around the U.S. as a developer tools evangelist on the MSDN team at Microsoft. He has worked in a variety of professional roles, including architect, project manager, developer, and technical writer.

Mark is a Program Manager on the "Cider" team, which builds the WPF and Silverlight Designers in Visual Studio. He is responsible for the layout and visual designer features of the designer. Prior to joining developer division Mark worked in Microsoft Services as a Development Lead, building large scale web-based UIs for the UK Government, the BBC and others.



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