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Working with code (Windows Store apps)

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 was designed for creative people. You can create complete Windows Store apps in Design view in Blend without having to work in Code view.

Windows Store apps can be user two different kinds of markup: Extensible Application Markup Language, or XAML (pronounced "zammel"), an XML-based markup language developed by Microsoft, or Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, the markup language commonly used to structure pages on the Worldwide Web (WWW). In conjunction with HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) provide styling for HTML pages.

For more information about working with code in Blend, see the following:

Blend was also designed to accommodate team development. Software teams often consist of designers who work on the user interface (UI) and programmers who work on the code that runs behind the UI. For this reason, Blend includes features for generating minimal code that can be handed off to developers, and features that allow you to hook into existing code such as event handlers or custom controls that can be used like existing controls.


If more than one person has to work on the same project at the same time, we recommend that you use a source control system such as Microsoft Team Foundation. A source control system maintains a central repository for project files that you can check out and edit locally on your computer. For more information, see Working with Team Foundation source control.

For more information about creating apps using HTML, see Designing apps in Blend (HTML).

For more information about creating apps using XAML, see Designing apps in Blend (XAML).

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