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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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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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WPF vs. WinForms - a Delphi programmer's perspective?

I have read most of the major threads on WPF vs. WinForms and I find myself stuck in the unfortunate ambivalence you can fall into when deciding between the tried and true previous tech (Winforms), ...
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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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Moving from Winforms to WPF [closed]

I am a long time experienced Windows Forms developer, but now it's time to move to WPF because a new WPF project is comming soon to me and I have only a short lead time to prepare myself to learn WPF. ...
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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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Best design for Windows forms that will share common functionality

In the past, I have used inheritance to allow the extension of Windows forms in my application. If all of my forms would have common controls, artwork, and functionality, I would create a base form ...
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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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How do I set up MVP for a Winforms solution?

I have used MVP and MVC in the past, and I prefer MVP as it controls the flow of execution so much better in my opinion. I have created my infrastructure (datastore/repository classes) and use them ...
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What is a proper way of building Winform apps with multiple “screens”

What's a proper way of building a Winform app that has multiple 'screens'? For example, I'm trying to write a small backup program (mainly for giggles), and I've been dumping controls and containers ...
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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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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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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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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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Showing a View from another View in MVP

This question is regarding MVP triads. Lets say I have two triads and first one has View1, Mode1 and Presenter1. Second triad has View2, Model2 and Presenter2. Now what I trying to do is, I just want ...
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What is a good strategy for testing UserControls?

A UserControl cannot be dragged-dropped onto a winform. Instead, I must compile the assembly add it to my toolbox, then I can drag it onto a Form. Doing this toolbox approach just to test out a ...
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Are there established algorithms for spacing out objects of unequal size?

I'm working on visualizing a hierarchy. There will be clusters of objects, each cluster containing rectangles of fixed width but variable height. I'd like to arrange these within a rectangular space ...
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Is IoC feasible in winforms?

I'm coming back into the winform world after being in the web world for a while. Is it common or otherwise feasible for developers to use IoC in winform? My concern is mainly with performance. I ...
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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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Is there a better way of handling access control logic instead of it being in the UI?

Through most of my dev experience, I've never had to deal with much variety of access control architectures. They've all been pretty straight forward: Group [Create, Update, Delete] - User 1 ...
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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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MVP Implementation at the UserControl Level

I'm trying to figure out how MVP should be implemented at the UserControl level. I thought I had it, but I ended up reading a blog post that pretty much shut me down. Now I'm back at the start and ...
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Is there any difference between Custom Control and User Control in .NET

As stated in the question, is there any difference in the meaning of the two as applied to the Controls of .NET. Or are they alias of one another?
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How do I add a Help system to my WinForms project?

I have pretty much completed work on a Winforms application, and would like to add a Help feature for users. I cannot send users to a website, and am thinking along the lines of the kind of help you ...
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Licensing for a web based desktop application?

I have created a desktop application(winfoms) using C#.net 3.5, the application is an SEO application, so it has to be connected to the internet, i implemented a simple licensing routine where every ...
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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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What is a good design strategy for retaining history of user activities and files like Visual Studio projects?

OK so I'm not so sure that "project" is the right term, but for my purposes, I define "project" as similar to what Visual Studio uses, or Microsoft word - files that the user can open and work on and ...
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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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VS2010 winform designer to learn, or “bottom up” approach?

Long story short, I'm president of a programming club at my university. We're all 1st and 2nd year programming students. We have a project we're about to start working on (converting a console program ...
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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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When deciding a Primary Key, can I use Date part of a DateTime field

I'm designing a payroll system I have designed a database with several tables and this question is related to following tables EMPLOYEE (Employee_ID [pk], Name,... etc) LOCATION (Location_ID [pk], ...
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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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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 to create a WinForms project that is “WPF-ready”

I'm a C# developer who hasn't had the privilege of learning WPF yet. However, I recently initiated the architecture phase of a new project which I expect will eventually employ WPF (probably; although ...
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What is the correct UI interface to learn for creating Windows phone 8 apps?

I am a veteran Delphi 6 programmer transitioning to C# development. My first project is a open source library that will have a minimal user interface since it is meant to be used as a Component ...
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Windows Forms Development - Books

So I'm reading a book for architecting applications for the enterprise from the Microsoft Press. It's a great book, and I'm learning a lot. However, it's very high level, and can be applied to a lot ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to prevent piracy on software which is sold online? [closed]

When selling software online what's the most suitable/secure way to provide activation in order to get rid of pirates copies of the software? Is there any well-known software for this purpose?
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Creating Compelling Desktop Application in .NET

I'm about to create an open source desktop application. I'm primarily a .NET developer , with experience in ASP.NET and SharePoint. I've created basic Windows Forms applications before, but I have ...
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Do more object declarations affect the program?

I am programming in Windows Forms and MySQL. If I declare this in the program, I can use the connection and command objects in the whole .cs page: MySqlConnection connection = null; MySqlCommand ...
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Should I Use WCF For My Purpose?

I wrote two programs that server and client can connect to each other (one program for server and another for client) with their IP addresses (socket programming). Now I want to modify it so that if ...
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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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Differentiating Standalone and Client-Server architectures

I was wondering what is the exact difference between a client-server and a standalone application, particularly in following scenario. For example lets say there is a win forms application running on ...
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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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Organizing solution / project structure and classes for Line of Business Application (LOB)

The question how-do-you-organize-your-projects already has a few good answers. I would like to get a better understanding about this suggested structure: MyApp.Core MyApp.Model MyApp.Presenter MyApp....
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Two way communication between Form and plugins

I have started to develop a support tool for an old legacy system that is no longer maintained but still needed for the foreseeable future. The legacy system offers few, clunky and error prone methods ...
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what is difference in section and subreport, where to use multiple sections?

Please share your knowledge about these Crystal Reports concepts. I want to know what is difference in section and sub report? I know about default sections and we can add new sections into report. ...
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Good resource for getting up to speed on windows forms development

I'm a .NET developer comfortable with C# and web application development. I need to improve my knowledge of Winforms. What is a good book or online resource that particularly covers the Winforms ...