I like to type XAML.
It’s an extremely flexible and expressive way to work when sketching out the logical structure of a new piece of UI.
A graphical design tool like Blend is best for some things, like creating a non-trivial gradient brush, but at some point it all comes down to the code.
To satisfy my need for speed and create a sense of flow I need a fast editor that can provide instant feedback.
XAML editors exist on a continuum from the fast and lightweight to the more powerful but cumbersome. The professional tools (Visual Studio and Blend) occupy the heavyweight end, but there are also a number of free tools that provide a more basic but responsive experience.
In this post, I’ll look in detail at four free XAML editors all of which are quick to start up and responsive as you type.