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Should I learn XAML or .NET?

I just started learning .NET a few months ago, but now I'm confused about the whole longhorn/xaml thing.  Should I just skip dotnet and become an early xaml adopter?  I currently program C++/MFC.  There seems to be fewer & fewer jobs in that area. 

directions in development
Sunday, January 4, 2004

You'll still need to learn .NET to write the code behind the XAML.

Sunday, January 4, 2004

XAML is not a replacement for .NET, it's a supplementary technology for .NET. Asking whether to learn XAML or .NET is akin to asking whether to learn Windows programming, or Resource (.rc) Files.

Brad Wilson (
Sunday, January 4, 2004

So your suggesting I learn the resource files thingee?  Where do I start?  Do they have any "Learn .rc in 7 minutes a day" books available?

Sunday, January 4, 2004

Start with the "ASCII in 24 Hours" series. Very informative. After that you can get started on "UTF-8 for Dummies".

Dennis Forbes
Sunday, January 4, 2004

You will likely *not* need to need to learn XAML, there will be GUI tools which will generate it. All it is effectively is an XML syntax for declaring form layouts etc for an upcoming version of .NET.

So either way you need to learn .NET first, really.

Duncan Smart
Monday, January 5, 2004

Does Microsoft offer certification in resource files?

Monday, January 5, 2004

XAML is pretty cool stuff. It isn't entirely GUI based either. You can access the entire .NET framework through XAML.

You can ALMOST think of XAML as XML#.

Monday, January 5, 2004

Resource files have been deprecated for their new & improved cousins:

*RML (Resource File markup Language)

For unmanged resource file usage use: RCFileInterop

Monday, January 5, 2004

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