WPF stands for Windows Presentation Foundation, that is, a graphical system to deliver user interface in Windows-based applications by Microsoft. WPF was earlier known as Avalon and was released as a part of the .NET 3.0 Framework. WPF adopts XML-based language to associate various interface elements. A WPF application can be a standalone desktop application or uploaded as an object on the website. The objective of WPF is to unify the common user interface elements. These elements can be associated with or manipulated on the basis of various events, data bindings, and user interactions.
Various features of WPF are as follows:
- Allows developers to associate and manipulate data within the applications.
- Provides an integrated system or Integration Solutions used to develop user interfaces.
- Allows you to define the new look of an element.
- Provides support for time-based animations.
- Access WIC code and APIs.
- Supports paginated documents.
- Includes text rendering features.
Various WPF tools are listed below:
- Microsoft Visual Studio
- Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2008
- Microsoft Expression Blend
- Microsoft Expression Design
Various WPF assemblies and namespaces are:
- Primary Assemblies
- Provides the capability to setup generic host communication with two parties.
- Allows setting up service properties.
- Allows you to make the settings in order to have a service in C# as well as a Java client.
- Allows creating standard HTTP SOAP web service with the help of WPF.
- Provides easy options to process business transactions.
- Supplies current data to various other services
History of wpf
- On November 2006, WPF 3.0 version was introduced along with .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio 2005.
- Further, the WPF 3.5 was released along with the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 on November 2011.
- Next, the 4.0 version of WPF was introduced along with the .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 on April 2010.
- Introduced WCF version 4.5 along with .NET Framework of 4.5 version as well as Visual Studio 2012 on August 2012.
- Finally, the 4.6 version was introduced on July 2015 along with the .NET 4.6 version as well as Visual Studio 2015.