Appendix A. Programming with Windows Forms
Since the release of the .NET platform (circa 2001), the base class libraries have included a particular API named Windows Forms, represented primarily by the
System.Windows.Forms.dll assembly. The Windows Forms toolkit provides the types necessary to build desktop graphical user interfaces (GUIs), create custom controls, manage resources (e.g., string tables and icons), and perform other desktop-centric programming tasks. In addition, a separate API named GDI+ (represented by the
System.Drawing.dll assembly) provides additional types that allow programmers to generate 2D graphics, interact with networked printers, and manipulate image data.
The Windows Forms (and GDI+) APIs remain alive and well within ...