My first thought when I read mention of this was *drool*.  I find I am more and more able to comfortably do basic c# for functionality – partly because of intellisense.  But most of XAML to me makes sense – it feels like HTML with a kick, but I wonder what I’m missing at times?

Well, that’s when I tend to hop into Visual Studio – but why when I could have Intellisense in blend?

I say – cool!  But then I kept reading.

Recompiling DLLs?

Sounds like something that even the most adventurous designer might quail from, but just to see how far down the rabbit hole I’d have to go, I decided to read on.

Apparently this is actually a few months old – so old news.  But its good to get the word out no matter how late to the catch, right?

So here’s the link to a blog with someone helping, and a direct link to MSDN’s page for the plugin.

But I have to ask myself – do I really use Intellisense for XAML?


The answer: Nope – not so much.

So why use Visual Studio for XAML?

The organization.  I love the ability to “minimize” huge blocks of code.  Wait – I didn’t make that emphatic enough.  I LOVE the ability to minimize huge blocks of code.

So here are my thoughts: Blend is still a work in progress.  Microsoft keeps adding more and more to the program, and there have been whispers about a Blend 3 being more public knowledge come Mix 09 (wish I could go…).  I wonder if perhaps intellisense will be part of Blend 3 – with full compatibility?

  1. Esteban Laborn
    Sep 16, 2015

    After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any way you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    • ArielSG
      Sep 17, 2015

      Hey Esteban – My system isn’t registering that you’ve commented on anything else – and it’s not showing any other responses either. Are you sure it’s from this site and not another’s?