I sure hope so. As things are now, I won't be touching WPF unless they release some sort of good RAD tool for free because frankly, I can not justify this cost AT ALL to my boss nor myself. No way in hell they would pay for this. And yes, as you say I don't
undrestand why pay for this thing when this is basically promotion for windows if "we the developers" start coding and making stuff for WPF. The whole thing about Windows is its application and developer support and if they are moving away from WinForms and
going WPF, they absolutely should provide the tool for free.
I mean learning new stuff and doing WPF is by itself a huge time/cost eater, on top of that we gott'a pay for the RAD tool when we can do stuff in WinForms with the free tools quicker.
It's almost an insult to developers. Not only they are taking away the power of gUI creation from us and handing it to "designers", they also won't even give us the RAD tool.
How often is it really that corporations got a whole employee hired just for designing the application? Usually they got the developer thing it all and sheesh, being forced to have TWO tools instead of one is pain enough, now we also have to pay extra for
I have heard a lot of "fanboys" regarding this issue, but bottom line is WPF won't start to take off in a larger scale unless developers "like me" are happy with the tools. I'm sure there are maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany people like me out there in corporations
just waiting for a free tool.
Sorry for the long rant, I'm just very very very annoyed on this thing. This is the second time trying WPF and again, I'm stuck on the bad tools.