I'm in the process of learning WPF and switching from WinForms over to WPF. Honestly WPF, at the outset, feels like a huge step backwards in terms of the designer provided with Visual Studio. I feel like I'm trying to design interfaces from a command line tool or an external editor. I really do not want to have to type out lines of XAML to merely get my control to appear how I want and to data bind it.
Is anyone else using WPF or learning it? Perhaps you could give me some tips or a starting point. I purchased two new books and one of them is Pro C# WPF in VS 2008 (I could not find the 2010 version) and it shows all kinds of XAML. Copying and pasting XAML from various sites or book feels like I'm hobbling together a GUI without knowing anything about why or how it works.