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What do I need to get started developing with WPF?

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What hardware and software do I need to get started developing WPF applications? What software does the
end user's machine need to have installed? What are good "getting started" resources such as tutorials, cook books, demo projects / code or references?
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Software: Visual Studio 2008 is just to be released this month, you can download the Beta.
Hardware: A Win Vista Machine with 2 GB RAM will be enough
Client: Download the Silverlight client and a Web Browser (or course IE is recommended)
References: codeproject.com is my preference

Also visit www.silverlight.com
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Sorry, my last url should be:
http://www.silverlight.net

Also could be:
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
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Great, thanks. Does Silverlight support all WPF features or is there stuff I can do on the desktop that I can't do in the browser?
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Silverlight fully supports both web and desktop development. With VS2008, even you can use the new features in .net 3.5
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Thanks again!

And Silverlight supports .NET 3.5?

And did I get you right: There's nothing in WPF that Silverlight can't do?
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Indeed Silverlight has a subset of the WPF, formerly it was called WPF/E (WPF Everywhere). Also incorporates other technologies like WCF and LINQ.
There is a great explanation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlight

Still you can develop all kind of WPF application with Visual Studio 2008, including the new .net Framework 3.5
For Silverlight and .net 3.5 application demo, have a look to:
http://blogs.msdn.com/brada/archive/2007/08/16/cool-new-asp-net-3-5-and-silverlight-demo-application.aspx
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