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Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step

Sebastopol, CA—Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to design rich user interfaces (UI) for Microsoft Silverlight®-based applications using Expression Blend 4. With Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step (Microsoft Press, $44.99 USD), you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them.

"There is a growing audience of RIAs developers and designers and there are a lot of books for developers," say authors Elena Kosinska (@Kosinska) and Chris Leeds. "Despite the importance of good UX design to an application's success, there are few books where one can find useful information for designers. The popular belief is that designers need to be developers to understand RIA. We decided to write this friendly and accessible book: Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step from a designer's point of view for designers or anyone who is interested in creating effective user interfaces for Silverlight applications."

With Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step, you will:

· Master the Expression Blend 4 core tools and features

· Use SketchFlow to design a UI prototype

· Create reusable skins for Silverlight 4 controls

· Implement interactive elements without writing code

· Add XAML and C# basics to your design skill set

· Design custom UI art with tools in Expression® Design 4

Your Step by Step digital content includes:

· All the book's practice files—ready to download and put to work.

· Fully searchable online edition of this book—with unlimited access on the Web.

For more information please email Please include your contact information.

About the Authors

Elena Kosinska is a UI designer focused on prototyping, design, and development of Silverlight and WPF Applications. She's a Microsoft MCT and MVP in Expression Blend. She writes blog posts and articles for UI designers, speaks at various Microsoft events, and has taught WPF/Silverlight courses.

View Elena Kosinska's full profile page.

Chris Leeds has been a Microsoft MVP since before Expression Studio was even added to their catalog. He has written two books on Microsoft Expression Web for Microsoft Press and is currently working on a third, Microsoft Expression Web 4.0 Step by Step.

View Chris Leeds's full profile page.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step

Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
By Elena Kosinska, Chris Leeds
Print ISBN: 9780735639010   Ebook ISBN: 9780735660656  
Pages: 432
Print Price: $44.99 Ebook Price: $35.99

Published Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:57 PM by ssmith

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Enlisted in 1995. Basic at Ft Sill. AIT at Ft Jackson (75F). Served in Ohio National Guard. Went through ROTC program at Ohio State University and received 2LT commission in 1997, Engineer branch. Spent about 4 years in 16th Engineer Brigade in Ohio National Guard, then moved far from nearest unit and went into Inactive National Guard, and eventually Individual Ready Reserve. Called up from IRR in 2004 for duty in Iraq (Engineer Platoon Leader with 1st ID). Made it home in 2005. Resigned commission as a CPT in December 2005.