Details about Windows® Forms and Application feature assosciated with Windows® Forms
What are Windows Forms? What is the Application feature for Windows Forms?
Windows Forms is the name given to the application programming interface which is included in the Microsoft .NET Framework, thereby providing access to Windows interface components by wrapping the extant Windows API in managed code. As it is seen as a substitute for the earlier and more complex C++ based Microsoft Foundation Class Library, it does not offer a paradigm comparable to Model–View–Controller. Some after-market and third-party libraries have been generated to supply this function. The most extensively used is the User Interface Process Application Block, which is released by Microsoft patterns and practices group as a free download that contains the source code for quick start examples.
Information about Applications feature and Windows Forms are mentioned below:
- Application Settings for Windows Forms
- Limitations of Application Settings
- Getting started with Application Settings
Application Settings for Windows Forms
Applications Settings feature of Windows Forms makes it simple to create, store, and uphold custom applications and user preferences on the computer. With Application Settings, you can store not only application data like database connection strings, but also user-specific data, such as toolbar positions and recently used lists. Using Visual Studio or custom managed code, you can generate new settings, read them from and write them to disk, bind them to properties on your forms, and validate settings data before loading and saving.
Limitations of Application Settings
You cannot employ Application Settings in an undirected application that hosts Framework. It will not work in such an atmospheres as Visual Studio add-ins, control hosting in Internet Explorer, C++ for Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Outlook add-ins and projects. You presently cannot bind some properties on Windows Forms where the most notable example is the client size property, as binding to this property will cause impulsive behavior at the time of running.
If you use Visual Studio, you can describe settings within the Windows Forms Designer using the (Application Settings) property in the 'Properties' window. When you define settings via this approach, Visual Studio mechanically creates a custom managed wrapper class which links each setting with a class property. Visual Studio also takes care of binding the setting to a property on a form or control so that the controls settings are restored involuntarily when its form is displayed, and saved automatically when the form is closed.
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