Developing Windows Forms Controls
Windows Forms controls are reusable components that encapsulate user interface functionality and are used in client-side Windows applications. Not only does Windows Forms provide many ready-to-use controls, it also provides the infrastructure for developing your own controls. You can combine existing controls, extend existing controls, or author your own custom controls. This section provides background information and samples to help you develop Windows Forms controls.
In This Section
- Overview of Using Controls in Windows Forms
- Highlights the essential elements of using controls in Windows Forms applications.
- Windows Forms Component Hierarchy
- Shows the class hierarchy of controls and components in the System.Windows.Forms namespace.
- Windows Forms Control Development Basics
- Discusses the first steps in developing a Windows Forms control.
- Properties in Windows Forms Controls
- Shows how to add to properties to Windows Forms controls.
- Events in Windows Forms Controls
- Explains how to handle and define events in Windows Forms controls.
- Rendering a Windows Forms Control
- Shows how to program the logic that displays a control.
- Multithreaded Windows Forms Control Sample
- Shows how to implement a multithreaded control.
- Developing a Composite Windows Forms Control
- Provides an overview of implementing a control that combines other existing controls.
- Windows Forms Control Sample
- Contains a custom control sample that illustrates the concepts explained in this section. The sample control defines properties, overrides methods, raises an event, and does its own rendering.
- Design-Time Attributes for Components
- Lists metadata attributes to apply to components and controls so that they are displayed correctly at design time in visual designers.
- Enhancing Design-Time Support
- Describes how to implement classes such as editors and designers that provide design-time support.
- Licensing Components and Controls
- Describes how to implement licensing in your control or component.