Friday, June 25, 2010

My WPF Toolbox

Although the Visual Studio WPF Designer improved a lot in Visual Studio 2010, there are still some external tools that I use in my day to day WPF development.

Snoop

Snoop is a standalone WPF inspector that can attach to the WPF application of your choice and let you explore its visual content. It provides a couple of very handy features for identifying elements in your application. But it also allows you to do a lot more, including:

  • Identifying recently changed properties.
  • Edit writable properties.
  • Identify unset properties.
  • Delve into property bindings.
  • Preview and zoom a specific element.
  • 3D zoom to show the visual composition of an element.

http://www.blois.us/Snoop/

Kaxaml

Kaxaml is a lightweight XAML editor that gives you a "split view" so you can see both your XAML and your rendered content (kind of like XamlPad but without the gigabyte of SDK).

http://www.kaxaml.com/

XAML Power Toys 

XAML Power Toys are a Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Add-In or a Visual Studio 2010 Add-In that empowers WPF & Silverlight developers while working in the XAML editor.  Its Line of Business form generation tools, Grid tools, DataForm, DataGrid and ListView generation really shorten the XAML form layout time.

http://karlshifflett.wordpress.com/xaml-power-toys/)

Do you know some other useful tools?

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