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Applied WPF and Developer Interest in WPF

Thursday 15 March, 2007, 06:10 PM

I am the author of Pluralsight's WPF course. Until recently this was entitled Introducing WPF. The rationale for this name is that the course came out before WPF shipped. All of our .NET 3.0 courses used the 'Introducing' name to signify that these covered forthcoming technologies that were still in the preview or beta stages.

Of course the old name also suggested that it might be aimed at novice developers. That's not the case at all. WPF is a surprisingly big framework, and we cover detail at a high pace - it's more at the 'drinking from the firehose' end of the spectrum, and is aimed at experienced developers. So I'm pleased that the course is now called Applied WPF, a name that better reflects the character of the material.

Some people are suggesting that the web has all but displaced client-side applications, but that's not consistent with the demand we're seeing for the course - way more than I have time to meet singlehanded. For a technology that is so radically different from its predecessors, and which shipped so recently, I've been amazed at the level of interest. As you may have noticed I'm already pretty heavily biased in the pro-client/hate-the-web direction, but I even I wouldn't have guessed at this much interest this early. So I guess Chris and I had better hurry up and get our WPF book on the shelves asap.

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