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WPF Useful Links

The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a graphical display system for Windows. WPF is designed for .NET, influenced by modern display technologies such as HTML and Flash, and hardware-accelerated. It is also the most radical change to hit Windows user interfaces since Windows 95. 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.

In a pre-WPF world, developing a Windows application would have required the use of several different technologies. For instance, in order to add forms and user controls to your application, you needed to use the Windows Forms included in the .NET Framework. You had to use GDI+ to create images and 2D graphics. To add 3D graphics, you would have needed to use Direct3D or OpenGL.

WPF is designed to be a unified solution for application development, providing a seamless integration of different technologies. With WPF, you can create vector graphics or complex animations and incorporate media into your applications to address all of the areas just listed.

The following links are useful to learn the WPF programing model:

1-    WPF Official Website

2-    Pete Brown’s Blog

3-    Welcome to the Windows Presentation Foundation Resource Guide

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Windows Presentation Foundation

WPF or Windows Presentation Foundation is a new graphical display framework for Windows. This new system is designed to be used by .NET applications and allows the creation of dynamic, interactive graphical user interfaces. One of the most important features of WPF is the integration of DirectX. DirectX provides WPF with the ability to take advantage of the hardware acceleration on today’s graphics cards (GPUs). This allows the graphics load on the CPU to be greatly reduced, while at the same time, expanding the capabilities of the graphical display.

What WPF is and What XAML is

WPF provides a collection of controls such as buttons and grids, which are written in the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). XAML is an XML-based markup language created by Microsoft to separate the graphical and interactive elements of application from the main operations in the application, which are written in C# or Visual Basic. The beauty of WPF is how it is able to take advantage of the robustness of C# or Visual Basic, while at the same time using a simple XAML file to create the interface for the application.

The typical way that WPF creates and displays content goes like this:

1. XAML describes how the controls, images, video, and other assets are shown.
2. C# gives these assets their functionality.
3. The compiler then puts the XAML UI and functionality together into an executable (EXE) file for a Windows application or a XAML browser application (XBAP) executable for online applications.
4. The browser or Windows then displays the application.

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