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Expression Blend 3 now has code editing, but you'd never know it! Why?

Nov 25

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 10:55 PM  RssIcon

Expression Blend 3 has code editing built in!  VERY COOL!  You don't always have to go out to Visual Studio to add some code, but you'd never know it by the default options.  Read on for how to change it!

Turn off Visual Studio code editing in Blend 3Microsoft Expression Blend 3Microsoft Expression Blend 3 now lets you edit code without having to jump out to Visual Studio.  You can of course still jump over to VS if you want, but how do you stay in Blend for quick'n'dirty code edits?  Tools, Options, Project and the third checkbox is the key here!  Make sure to unselect the Use Microsoft Visual Studio (Standard or higher) to create and edit event handler code, if available.

This will let you stay within Blend for those quick changes while still letting you keep your "designer train of thought!"

You can of course continue to use Visual Studio for those bigger code changes (and immediately try out your changes with debugging).

Editing with Visual Studio from blend

Now that you know how to stay in Blend for code editing, it's time to grab a coffee and get coding.

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