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Windows Forms 2.0 vs. Windows Presentation Foundation

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    mawcc

    Now that Windows Forms 2.0 is (almost) available and WPF is not too far away, I'm wondering how these 2 UI Frameworks are positioned.
    Windows Forms 2.0 brings some desperately needed improvements which make it easier to develop current generation (Office 2003-Style) UIs.
    At the same time a new UI paradigm is introduced with WPF, definitely changing the way UIs look, feel and are developed.

    So is Windows Forms 2.0 destined to be very short lived, superseded by WPF in less than a year, or will it still be the better choice for some applications afer the introduction of WPF?

    I'm currently doing some Windows Forms 2.0 developement and at the same time trying to get a hold on WPF (using "Programming the Windows Presentation Foundation" by Chris Sells and Ian Griffiths, which is very good so far), but it would be nice to have some guidance on which technology to use for different problems. It's a time where Windows developers have an awful lot of new products and technologies to learn, so I hope that MS will clearly position each of them.

    What do you think?

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    Thomas​Scheidegger

    both will coexist for long time.
    Note, WPF will be available on XP/2003/Vista only.

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    footballism

    mawcc wrote:

    at the same time trying to get a hold on WPF (using "Programming the Windows Presentation Foundation" by Chris Sells and Ian Griffiths, which is very good so far)

    Can you share this good book with me?Tongue Out

    Sheva

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    Thomas​Scheidegger

    Programming Windows Presentation Foundation

    http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/avalon/

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    Arran

    i have been reading that book as well.  Over 1/2 way and its very good!  Must buy if you're interesting in looking at WPF now!

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