Book Excerpt: .NET Windows Forms in a Nutshell

evelopers are beginning to understand that .NET Windows Forms are a powerful technology for building a large class of applications for the Windows .NET platform. They offer nearly the same power and flexibility of classic Win32 development, but for a fraction of the effort. The programming model is lean and streamlined, and many of the tedious details that developers used to have to spend time on are now dealt with automatically by the platform.

.NET Windows Forms in a Nutshell offers an accelerated introduction to this next-generation of rich user interface development. The book provides an all-inclusive guide for experienced programmers using the .NET Windows Forms platform to develop Windows applications, along with a compact but remarkably complete reference to the .NET Framework Class Library (FCL) Windows Forms namespaces and types. The authors present solid coverage of the fundamental building blocks, such as Controls, Forms, Menus, and GDI+, and enough detail to help you build your own fully featured reusable visual components so you can write visual component libraries as well as standalone applications.

Chapter 3 discusses application structure, the Form Class, containment, layout, localization, and extender providers.

Download the PDF of Chapter 3: “Forms, Containers, and Applications”

Reproduced from .NET Windows Forms in a Nutshell by permission of O’Reilly & Associates. ISBN 0-596-00338-2, copyright 2003. All rights reserved.

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