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Windows Applications Namespaces in Visual Studio

The namespaces in the .NET Framework for creating rich Windows applications and graphics include:

  • System.Windows.Forms - contains classes for creating Windows-based applications that take full advantage of the rich user interface features available in the Microsoft Windows operating system. In this namespace you will find the Form class and many other controls that can be added to forms to create user interfaces.
  • System.Drawing - provides access to GDI+ basic graphics functionality. More advanced functionality is provided in the System.Drawing.Drawing2D, System.Drawing.Imaging, and System.Drawing.Text namespaces.
  • System.ServiceProcess - provides classes that allow you to install and run long-running executables that do not have a user interface.

In the Visual Studio Documentation

Windows Forms and Web Forms Recommendations
Discusses considerations when choosing between the two forms packages.
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 executable files.
Windows Forms Walkthroughs
Lists all the step-by-step topics that use Windows Forms in common scenarios.
Providers of Data to Windows Forms
Describes how to bind data to controls on Windows Forms and Web Forms.
GDI+ Graphics
Provides an introduction to GDI+ for Visual Basic and Visual C# users.
Color Changes in Visual Basic .NET
Provides.NET Framework System.Drawing.Color and System.Drawing.SystemColors types that are equivalent to color constants in Visual Basic 6.0.
Introduction to the .NET Framework Class Library in Visual Studio
Provides an overview of the namespaces in the .NET Framework.

Additional Information

Provides a comprehensive reference with C++ code examples for all aspects of GDI+ programming.
Drawing and Editing Images
Provides additional information about creating GDI+ graphics with the .NET Framework.
System.Windows.Forms Hierarchy
Provides links to all the members of the System.Windows.Forms namespace
System.Drawing Hierarchy
Provides links to all the members of the System.Windows.Forms namespace
System.ServiceProcess Hierarchy
Provides links to all the members of the System.ServiceProcess namespace
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