With the passing of the time, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) has become as essential as the functionality of the applications. The application is of no use if the users don’t find it appealing. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an advanced presentation system that allows developers to create visually appealing Windows applications. WPF helps users create several standalone as well as browser hosted applications. It is built on a vector-based rendering engine supported by modern graphics hardware. WPF incorporates several application development features including 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, styles, templates, Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), controls, documents, layout, data binding, media, typography, and text. Additionally, WPF is embedded in the Microsoft .NET Framework which allows users to include other components of the .NET Framework class library.
Advantages of the Windows Presentation Foundation Version 3.5
The first version of WPF was introduced as a part of .NET 3.0 while the actual version came out as a component of .NET Framework 3.5. We have highlighted the advantages that WPF version 3.5 has over other interface technologies:
- Declarative Programming: Declarative Programming, a key advancement in the new technology, helps users instruct what they want the system to do rather than listing the set of operations the system must execute to accomplish the goal
- Screen Resolution: The WPF interface runs well on a low resolution screen. It is supported by the DirectX components, which enables vector-based graphics responsible for elegant appearance
- Graphics: The WPF combines both control and graphics. It has a ViewPort 3D element that receives an object, light sources, and camera view (for angle adjustment) to display the view in a 3D WPF window. In addition, in WPF basic controls like Button can be viewed in 2D graphics
- Databinding: The WPF data binding framework helps users synchronize data source and the UI element