The XAML designer in Blend & VS is a projection of a running application (see Mysteries of XDesProc–Revealed!), but unlike a full-fledged app, usage of certain programming constructs and resources might cause the designer to crash or behave in an unexpected manner.
Note: This post and the examples shown are written in the context of the XAML Metro style app designer, but some of them apply to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight, and Windows Phone designers as well.
First, a quick overview of what code runs in the designer and what doesn’t. Continue Reading