At last, there is a marked distinction between simple disconnected applications and the new breed of applications made possible by the .NET Framework: smart clients.
The phrase smart client is a broad term that may apply to many different types of applications depending on the person using the phrase. For the purposes of this chapter, the author is referring solely to a specific subset of applications that he considers the only true "smart clients." These applications have the following characteristics:
This chapter provides you with what you need to start building smart clients using Windows Forms 2.0. After you learn how to build these applications, you will learn how to deploy them in Chapter 39, "Application Deployment Using ClickOnce."