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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Developing Windows Client Applications

There are two principal .NET technologies used to develop Windows client desktop applications: Windows Forms (WinForms) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Both of these technologies are essentially a set of classes and user interface controls exposed by the .NET Framework that enable developers to quickly build out applications that are installed, and run, under the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a third client application stack. These are so-called “modern UI” applications that run on top of the Windows runtime. Although we don’t cover building Windows client applications for the Windows runtime in this chapter, we do cover those tools and technologies ...

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