Windows Forms

Windows Forms is the name Microsoft gave to its desktop development technology. Using Windows Forms, it is easier than ever to create applications that are dynamic and data-driven, and that scale well. Used in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET, Windows Forms technology allows you to apply Rapid Application Development (RAD) techniques to building Windows applications. Simply drag and drop controls onto your form, double-click on a control, and write the code to respond to the associated event. In short, the RAD techniques previously available only to VB.NET programmers is now fully realized for all .NET languages.

1.2.1 Languages: C# and VB.NET

You can program Windows Forms in any language that supports the .NET Common Language Specification (CLS). The examples in this book will be given in C# and VB.NET. We believe that C# and VB.NET are very similar, and if you know one you will have no problem with examples shown in the other. That said, we offer the examples in both languages to simplify the process of learning the technology.

1.2.2 Visual Studio .NET

Since all Windows Forms source files are plain text, you can develop all your applications by using your favorite text editor (e.g., Notepad). In fact, many examples in this book are presented just that way. However, Visual Studio .NET offers many advantages and productivity gains. These include the items listed next.

  • Visual development of Windows Forms
  • Drag-and-drop Windows controls
  • IntelliSense and automatic code completion
  • Integrated debugging
  • Automated build and compile
  • Integration with the Visual SourceSafe source control program
  • Fully integrated and dynamic help

Windows Forms and the .NET Framework

Getting Started

Visual Studio .NET


Windows Forms

Dialog Boxes

Controls: The Base Class

Mouse Interaction

Text and Fonts

Drawing and GDI+

Labels and Buttons

Text Controls

Other Basic Controls

TreeView and ListView

List Controls

Date and Time Controls

Custom Controls

Menus and Bars


Updating ADO.NET

Exceptions and Debugging

Configuration and Deployment

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Programming. NET Windows Applications
Programming .Net Windows Applications
ISBN: 0596003218
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 148
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