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Chapter 5. The Vista Interface

Chapter 5. The Vista Interface

With the introduction of Windows Vista and the .NET Framework 3.5, Microsoft has overhauled its entire graphical presentation technology. The new application programming interface (API) is known as the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). WPF is one of the core technologies in the .NET Framework 3.5 and is integrated into Windows Vista. WPF is also supported on Windows XP.

WPF offers a whole new approach to developing graphical user interfaces (UIs) for the Windows platform. WPF is designed to take advantage of the graphics engines and display capabilities of the modern computer, and is vector based and resolution independent. This means that your UIs automatically scale depending on the size and resolution of the user's screen. This is enhanced by the ability to place objects using relative positioning (so that objects sit relative to other objects) rather than the more traditional absolute positioning used in WinForms.


  

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