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Expression Web Designer goes RTM

Yesterday the final version of Expression Web Designer was released. I had a look at the CTP version seven months ago and it is finally time for the real thing.

I thought of going on about the importance of generating clean code, but I’ve grown weary from fighting mill-wheels. When the beta version of the Web Designer was released some months ago, Scoble discarded typing HTML by hand with “such a thing seems incredibly stupid”. I don’t subscribe to his point of view.

Also, Expression Blend (previously known as Sparkle and Interactive Designer) is now available as beta 1. It looks like a nice tool for bridging the gap between developers and information architects. The IAs can use this as a WYSIWYG tool to build XAML prototypes. There exists similar tools, such as Axure, but Blend seems to integrate nicely with Visual Studio which is neat for Microsoft oriented development teams.

If I’m correctly informed, the Expression suite will not be available through the MSDN developer’s license. That’s a shame, since these tools are really interesting for most web developers. Even if I won’t use it at work for a long time, it’s well worth the time to check it out.

If that is not enough to stir your appetite, the first CTP version of WPF/E has just been released. This will most likely have a large impact on web developers quite soon, so get it while it’s hot!

You may also have a look at the Firefox 3.0 beta (also known as Gran Paradiso). The latest build of Gecko 1.9 now pass the Acid 2 test!

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