CHAPTER 1

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Overview of WPF Programming

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a next-generation graphics platform included in Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5. It allows you to build advanced user interfaces (UIs) that incorporate documents, media, two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) graphics, animations, and weblike characteristics. Built on the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5, WPF provides a managed environment for developing applications using the Windows operating system. Like other features of the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5, WPF is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.

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