Questions tagged [winforms]

Windows Forms (WinForms) is the name given to the graphical application programming interface (API) included as a part of Microsoft .NET Framework, providing access to native Microsoft Windows interface elements by wrapping the extant Windows API in managed code.

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Multiple background workers causes lag to whole computer

I have a 'Text Recognition' Form that has a button "Select Area" it can select a specific area (like snipping tool) it will draw a red outline, but that selected area will stay in that spot to detect ...
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what kind of certificate needed for my application ?

I am releasing free C# softwares I've created using Visual Studio. In the future, some of these softwares might become Paid. I was wondering if I need to purchase any kind of license for them ? I ...
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Daylight savings time for real time application

I am building an application on windows forms C# that will run in real time 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This application tracks the time that components are out of storage. I am running into a ...
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How to handle views and logic in a Winform C# app? [closed]

I come from a webdev background so I'm used to MVC to handle the separation between the views and the logic (and the data/models). I'm starting to develop using Winforms in C# and I want to know what'...
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How can I apply the MVC pattern to a C# WinForms application?

I'm a C++ developer who has been using the MVC pattern to design GUIs ever since. Recently I wanted to get back into C#, and I set up a Windows Forms application, but now I am a little bit lost on ...
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How do you organize your projects? [closed]

Do you have any particular style of organizing projects? For example, currently I'm creating a project for a couple of schools here in Bolivia, this is how I organized it: TutoMentor (Solution) ...
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what to do when UX asks for an ugly, convoluted event driven design and you don't know how to implement it in a clean manner?

I have been tasked with creating a desktop client application that fetches data from web apis and presents it to the user. During the last month or so, I've spent most of my time and energy bringing ...
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What are the alternatives to resx file

I am developing a Windows application and I want to store all the text for labels, radio buttons, buttons, check boxes and column headers of grids at one place. I have tried using a class file, an xml ...
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Implementing Context-based Undo/Redo Functionality

I'm currently implementing an undo/redo mechanism using the Command Pattern. Everything works so far. My problem now is to implement the undo/redo functionality in a way that it is bound to a given ...
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Using Tasks on DataGrid Controls

Recently, I am using tasks on datagrid controls and in my application there are almost 20 datagrids in different forms. I do this because sometimes data retrieving takes a long time over database and ...
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Pattern for communicating between nested usercontrols and parent form (C# / Winforms)

I'm trying to decide the best way to handle communication between a UserControl that is nested within another UserControl and the parent Form itself. I have a Form, inside the form there's a ...
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Solving similar devices problem

Problem: Winform app for servicing different types of devices (approx. 10 types). Some devices have more settings similar (or same) then the others. Each device could also has software and hardware ...
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Winforms: Using the designer vs. generation by code

Due to a new job opportunity I am switching back from WPF to WinForms. Currently I am playing around a little to get used to it. Here are my main questions that arose: Should I use the designer in ...
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how should the MVP pattern handle views created at runtime?

how should the MVP pattern handle views created at runtime ? for example There is a mainView (that has a model and presenter) that needs to display a list, each item in the list is represented by it'...
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About Three Layer Architecture

I'm currently developing a minor project for school and I'm supposed to use a three layer architecture in the project. I'm working with C# in .NET and I'm also working on Windows Forms, and with the ...
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How should i license my application?

I developed c# winform application which monitors database and I want to license it. License will be concurrent based. Standart license 2 concurrent users, Premium users 5 concurrent users. I want ...
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Are there any benefits of using .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile nowadays?

We are developing visual controls for WinForms in .NET, and one of our customers using our products is still compiling all his apps for .NET 4 Client Profile. He has to do this as his customers, some ...
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Winform User Control on ASP?

I wrote a C# Winform User Control as follows when Executable is Run: My question is how we can use this Winform C# user control in one ASP Page. I know about WEB User Control and using in ASP but ...
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In a C# Windows Forms application - how does the message pump use the main/form controls thread to update the form?

From my understanding, the form and all of its graphical controls run on the main thread. The form is displayed by the main thread and the inputs from the keyboard and mouse are received via the ...
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Creating a common ancestor form in Visual Studio

I have 5 forms which in hindsight should have an ancestor descended from Form. Unfortunately, the common elements of the forms is a splitContainer and a listbox in one of the containers. Each form ...
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How should I implement generic datagrid for CRUD Operations?

I wrote multiple times different apps that have following requirement. CRUD Operations via DataGrid control... Everytime I start new prject I write new code for same requirement over and over - what ...
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How to properly structure a project in winform?

A while ago I started to create a winform application and at that time it was small and I did not give any thought of how to structure the project. Since then I added additional features as I needed ...
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A simple GUI app: states

I'm making a Windows Forms app: It is client-server. Authorization, then load some data from server, then send back some statistics from time to time. You should go through a bootstrapping procedure, ...
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Entity Framework - Old school save/update advice?

I've a query for you relating to best use of EF6 when using Winforms yet not having justification for changing things to something more modern. I've got half a dozen classes that are based on ...
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I have a few questions about the MVP pattern in a WinForms project

I hope someone can answer these. I have a WinForms project with +/- 8 forms. I have an SQLite database and a class that handles the queries to this database. I would like to use the passive View ...
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Background operations in controller/presenter or form?

I have a desktop application with each window decopuled into presentation layer (containing the Form/Controls etc.) and application layer (Controller/Presenter - naming is irrelevant to the question). ...
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Should I use a list or an array?

I'm working on a windows form to calculate UPC for item numbers. I successfully create one that will handle one item number/UPC at a time, now I want to expand and do it for multiple item numbers/...
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Traditional installer for a WinForms application

What is the preferred method of creating a "normal" traditional installer for a .NET WinForms application? I'm using VS 2015 which comes without a template for such a deployment project. I installed ...
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GUI applicaton states and polymorphism

I have WinForms GUI application, which can work in two "states" with different functionality, but these states share GUI controls. I am dividing these states by using enum almost in every method, like:...
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How could I approach building a Tile based Map Editor in Winforms?

I need to build a Tile-based Map Editor in #C Winforms. My main concern is drawing the tiles. In what space should I draw the tiles? Within a Panel? A Picture Box? Also, I obviously need to draw ...
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How to display a very delayed success message after async method call in WinForms after Form is closed

The users are on a Windows Form where they fill out a fax cover sheet and hit Send. The remote fax service takes anywhere from two seconds to two minutes to return a result (long timeout). By that ...
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General guidelines for architecturing a plugin based application

Our application is composed of a main webapp and a handful of windows services that perform a variety of jobs that feed, sanitize and optimize that webapp. In order to ease the task of maintaining ...
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How to create a layout of controls that can be duplicated on a form at runtime

I have a bunch of controls including labels, updown menu, combo boxes, radio buttons, and check boxes that must be replicated once someone hits the add button. Is there a way that I can create a ...
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Why should form inheritance be avoided?

I remember learning VB4 and dragging a button onto a form, double-clicking on that button, and typing code into that event handler I had just been magically blessed with. Coming from QBASIC I was ...
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SQL Update statement generator using C# Winforms?

I am trying to make an UPDATE STATEMENT generator using C# Winforms. I would like to build a statement generator which will print statements like this: UPDATE Customers SET ContactName='Alfred ...
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Separating save logic from WinForm to make it reusable

I have a Windows Form for creating configs. It has around 50 fields of data, which represent a group of entities, that I need to capture when the user presses the save button. Currently, on the press ...
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Is it good practice to code entire business form as single component (control)?

Is it good practice to code entire business form as single component (control) and then proudly put it on window/form as the final step in development? Of course, this form can involve some other ...
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Why use using-statements when you want to reopen connections? [closed]

In a Winforms project I've been working on recently, I've been dutifully using using-statements for objects that implement IDisposable. I want to reopen a database connection, however because the ...
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How to ascertain from the users if performance tuning has had the desired effect [closed]

So you've made some code changes that should hopefully speed up some part of an application. But there is just one problem - you don't know how it will perform in live. Different networks, different ...
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Use case for async/await?

Background Most of the applications that I write are hour long sequential tests for electronic equipment. The equipment under test has a specification that is a state-machine that looks like... Get ...
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Using events and event subscribers to create windows in a desktop application

I should probably open this by saying I do mostly Web applications at work, which obviously have some major differences from typical desktop stuff. I had a small Windows Forms program I'd made for ...
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Why are interfaces necessary in MVP design pattern?

I am trying to understands MVP using Winforms. I found this example. Why do UserModel and UserView need to implement the IUserModel and IUserView interfaces ?
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Object with Customized Properties and Methods

A project I am working on currently models Order information. Right now, there is one class with a bunch of properties and functions that all of orders have in common. In addition, some of our users ...
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XAML Controls in WinForms

We're considering converting our WinForms application to a WPF application. Part of the reason is that WPF/XAML seem to be the future. We are also using third party controls that we would like to be ...
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How do you separate view from logic in a Winform application?

I know there are patterns like MVC to separate view from logic, however, I don't know how common they are in Winform applications. For a C# Winform application, I may start with a Form and gradually ...
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C# Application GUI design dependent on configuration

I have built quite big WinForms application working in industry for a few years. It communicates with many HW devices. Application can be configured to use or not use some of these devices and GUI is ...
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Is it ok to restart a BackgroundWorker inside its Completed event

I want a background worker to continue running and occasionally update the user interface. My first idea was to use a BackgroundWorker and in its completed event just fire it up again. Is using a ...
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Multi-threaded winforms with multiple child forms using sockets

I develop application with two main option grouped by groupBox in main form. First option is run server with specific behaviour for example I choose TCP protocol, type IP address, port number and ...
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Is it possible to have multiple threads using Background Workers for different controls within one GUI

In my current project i have a CPU intensive 3D chart that needs to be updated in real time. I have been using background workers for the project and using those, i do all the processing in the ...
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How should one handle a Parent-Child relationship using MVP?

In a conventional MDI WinForms application, one would go like this: public partial MainMdiForm : Form { public MainMdiForm() { InitializeComponent(); } private void ...