A.8. Building a Complete Windows Forms Application

Let's conclude this introductory look at the Windows Forms and GDI+ APIs by building a complete GUI application that illustrates several of the techniques discussed in this chapter. The program you will create is a rudimentary painting program that allows users to select between two shape types (a circle or rectangle) using the color of their choice to render data to the form. You will also allow end users to save their pictures to a local file on their hard drive for later use with object serialization services.

A.8.1. Building the Main Menu System

Begin by creating a new Windows Forms application named MyPaintProgram and rename your initial Form1.cs file to MainWindow.cs. Now design a menu ...

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