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  • Explore the Latest Updates to WinForms Visual Basic Application Framework

    Recent updates to the WinForms Visual Basic Application Framework, including the ability to convert older .NET Framework-based apps to .NET 6, 7, or 8+ and new features like the Windows Forms Out-of-Process Designer. Upgrading to newer frameworks creates opportunities to support modern technologies like EF Core and many more valuable updates.

  • Windows Forms Binding Improvements in .NET 7 for MVVM Support

    .NET 7 framework includes command binding preview features that aim to modernise Windows Forms applications. These features introduce new properties that allow the UI controls to be bound to view models and commands, like other .NET UI frameworks such as MAUI.

  • .NET 6 Brings Blazor WebView Controls to WPF and WinForms

    ASP.NET Core in .NET 6 Preview 3 brings many interesting features to explore, including the usage of Blazor components inside of desktop, WPF and Win Forms, applications via BlazorWebView control.

  • New Features for Windows Forms 5.0

    For the first time since .NET 2.0, Windows Forms, a.k.a. WinForms, has received new features that are not High DPI-related.

  • .NET 5 Breaking Changes for WPF/Windows Forms

    The final topic in our .NET 5 Breaking Changes series is WPF and Windows Forms. These desktop technologies were unavailable before .NET Core 3.0, as earlier versions of .NET Core focused on web-based applications via ASP.NET Core.

  • First Look at .NET Core 3.0: C# 8, WPF, Windows Forms, and More

    The next major version of .NET Core has recently entered Preview stage. .NET Core 3.0 will include support for building desktop apps using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms (WinForms), Entity Framework (EF), ASP.NET Core 3.0, C# 8, and .NET Standard 2.1.

  • Microsoft Open Sources WPF, WinForms, and WinUI

    Today at Microsoft Connect 2018, the company announced the first preview of .NET Core 3.0. Contained within that is a bigger announcement: the company is releasing WPF, Windows Forms (WinForms), and WinUI as open source projects on GitHub with a MIT license.

  • Using Your WinForms/WPF Code to Vote for .NET Core 3.0 Features

    In May we reported Microsoft wants to run WinForms and WPF on .NET Core 3.0. In order to facilitate this, they are building a new tool that will allow you to vote on which APIs they need to port to .NET Core. But this isn’t a direct vote; it is based on what APIs are being used by your application.

  • Modernizing Windows Desktop Applications with XAML Islands

    You may be under the impression that Windows desktop development is pretty much dead, yet according to the telemetry data in Visual Studio, there are roughly 2.4 million developers actively working on desktop applications each month, up 50% from 20 months ago. With such a large community to support, Microsoft is looking at ways to help developers integrate those assets into Windows 10.

  • Highlights for the Upcoming .NET Framework 4.7.2

    Though most of the attention is on .NET Core, development continues on the original .NET Framework. Microsoft has recently released a preview of .NET Framework 4.7.2 with updates to ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF, WPF, and even Windows Forms.

  • DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

    You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

  • Convert VB 6 to WinForms and WinForms to HTML

    At Build, Mobilize.NET unveiled their newest migration product: WebMAP2. This product takes legacy WinForms applications and converts it into an HTML based application. When paired with their Visual Basic Upgrade Companion you can migrate code all the way from WB 6 to the web.

  • Google Releases Dart 1.0

    Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.

  • Docking For WPF– AvalonDock

    AvalonDock is a .NET library that can be used to arrange a series of WPF/WinForms controls into a docking layout. And the newly released version natively supports MVVM, Aero Snap and has better performance.

  • A Case for WinForms

    When DevExpress released their roadmap for 2011, WinForms barely got a mention. As a ten year old technology that is basically abandoned by its creator this isn’t too surprising. But what it interesting the amount of negative feedback that generated. A lot of DevExpress’s customers just don’t see WPF or Silverlight as a viable replacement for their major applications.