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Creating Windows Applications Portal

Visual Studio .NET 2003

You start to create traditional Windows applications and client/server applications by designing your forms with the Windows Forms Designer. You assign characteristics to the forms and put controls on them, then write code to augment the functionality of the controls and forms. You can also inherit from forms.

The Help topics about this subject are located in another part of the Visual Studio table of contents, under the section named "Developing with Visual Studio .NET." The links below jump to Help topics in that section on creating Windows applications.

In the Visual Studio Documentation on Windows Applications

Code for Windows Forms Applications
Gives links to topics that demonstrate how to perform common programming tasks in Windows Forms applications.
Introduction to Windows Applications
Discusses the particulars of Windows application creation with Visual Studio .NET
Windows Forms Walkthroughs
Provides step-by-step instructions for creating a number of Windows applications.
Windows Forms
Provides links to topics about the technologies and tools for creating Windows applications.
Windows Forms Controls
Provides links to topics about the controls designed specifically to work with Windows Forms.
Windows Service Applications
Describes how to create long-running executables.

In the Visual Basic and Visual C# Documentation

Visual Basic Code Example Topics
Lists quickstart-like code examples that help you perform common tasks in Visual Basic .NET.
Decision Chart
Provides an interactive guide to help you choose which approach or technology to use, as well as links to more information.
Windows Forms and Web Forms Recommendations
Discusses considerations for choosing between the two forms packages.
Windows Applications Namespaces in Visual Studio
Provides links to namespaces relevant to Windows Forms.