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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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A.2. Building a Simple Windows Forms Application

As you might expect, modern .NET IDEs (e.g., Visual Studio 2010, C# 2010 Express, and SharpDevelop) provide numerous form designers, visual editors, and integrated code-generation tools (wizards) to facilitate the construction of Windows Forms applications. These tools are extremely useful, but they can also hinder the process of learning Windows Forms, because these same tools tend to generate a good deal of boilerplate code that can obscure the core object model. Given this, you will create your first Windows Forms example using a Console Application project as a starting point.

Begin by creating a Console Application named SimpleWinFormsApp. Next, use the Project Add Reference menu option ...

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