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In this chapter, you will learn how to:
What Microsoft Windows Forms is
What the System::Windows::Forms namespace contains
How to create and use forms in applications
How to handle events
How to use the basic controls
How to use menus
How to execute and debug Windows Forms applications
Windows Forms is a powerful feature of the Microsoft Windows .NET Framework that provides a set of classes for building GUI applications. In contrast to most other GUI libraries, Windows Forms can be used from any .NET language, and you can now easily build mixed-language graphical applications.
Windows Forms is a large and complex subject, encapsulating the whole of writing GUI applications. The subject is worth a book in its own right, so the following two chapters can only scratch the surface to give you a taste of how Windows Forms operates and how you can use it to write GUI applications.