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 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.


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).

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.

Do you know some other useful tools?

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