Rich Client Application Walkthroughs

The typical rich client application is a stand-alone executable with a graphical interface composed of several controls for the user. The following walkthroughs describe the process for building a form-based application using several different control types, connecting to an existing database, and then displaying the data in the form.

Note   The primary purpose of these walkthroughs is to demonstrate the various features of Visual Studio available to a rich client developer. Therefore, the typical rich client application contains a subset of the features presented.

In This Section

Creating a Rich Client Application with MFC
Demonstrates how to create a rich-client interface using the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library, a well-tested class library that supports a broad range of features common to all Windows applications, and consume an XML Web service created with Visual Basic or Visual C#.

Related Sections

Creating a Simple Windows Form
Using a simple but complete example, illustrates the fundamental steps required to create Windows Forms in Visual Basic and Visual C#.
Demonstrating Visual Inheritance
Describes how to create a base Windows Form and compile it into a class library. You will import this class library into another project, and create a new form that inherits from the base form.
Simple Data Access in a Windows Form
Describes the basic steps required for accessing SQL Server data via a dataset in a read-write Windows Form.
Creating a Distributed Application
Explains how to create a multi-tiered, distributed application that has both a rich Windows client and a browser interface.
Windows Forms Walkthroughs
Lists additional walkthroughs that you can run to familiarize yourself with features of Visual Studio.