Let the battle begin: WinForms vs. WPF
When it comes to Windows development, the one question usually appears – WPF of WinForms? Usually experienced developers, as well as newbies, are in doubts: if they know WinForms well enough, do they actually have to improve knowledge in WPF? What for? In this article we’d like to describe main pros and cons of each technology. Let’s move forward to clear awareness and understanding!
Probably, the most popular delusion about these two technologies is that WPF was created to replace WinForms. But, actually, WPF is not intended to replace Windows Forms. WinForms is still alive! Also, Microsoft is going to support WinForms. The technology is still popular among developers – it’s needed and irreplaceable. So, let’s begin our modest investigation with WinForms. Let’s find out why do we need it and in what cases this technology can be really useful.
Obviously, there are some cons of Windows Presentation Foundation, where WinForms comes out on top. Mostly, it’s about WPF’s in-box control suite. Actually, it’s more limited than that one in WinForms. Also, WPF can’t run on Windows 2000 or lower. And when it comes to examples, it’s not easy to find some for the WPF. And in this case it’s time to come the advantages of WinForms. One of them is a plenty of examples. WinForms is widely used among developers, and it’s much older than WPF. Actually, it even supports WPF – huge advantage for those who’re on a way of learning WPF and already feel free with WinForms.
As you may see, there are a lot of pros and cons of WPF, as well as WinForms. But somehow each of them has it’s own fans. Anyway, the chose is up to your experience and expectations. But don’t forget to share with us your experiences. We’ll really appreciate it!