CHAPTER 1

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Introducing WPF

The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a modern graphical display system for Windows. It’s a radical change from the technologies that came before it, with innovative features such as built-in hardware acceleration and resolution independence, both of which you’ll explore in this chapter.

WPF is the best toolkit to use if you want to build a rich desktop application that runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 in desktop mode (as well as the corresponding versions of Windows Server). In fact, it’s the only general-purpose toolkit that targets these versions of Windows. By comparison, Microsoft’s new Metro ...

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