Five Reasons to choose WPF for Windows Application Development

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a very powerful tool to create rich desktop applications. Its innovative features like hardware acceleration and resolution independence really elevates the quality of the application. WPF not only just improves the graphics of the application but it also improves the performance and quality of the application with its amazing features. So, here are 5 most important reasons to go for WPF to create a desktop application.

1. Hardware Acceleration:

WPF uses Direct X as its graphics technology instead of GDI/GDI+ libraries. All desktop application development platforms like win forms work on GDI/GDI+ libraries. All the drawing in the application is dependent on the graphics technology. DirectX was designed to work efficiently with the video cards and handle hardware acceleration.

Now, WPF using DirectX improves the performance of the application to a great extent. By using hardware acceleration, the work gets offloaded from computer’s main processor (CPU) to video card processor (GPU). Thus, giving the CPU the time to work on other operations.

In WPF all the drawings ranging from a simple control like button to complex 3D graphics, is funneled through DirectX. Not only it works great on the modern video cards and uses the benefits it provides to the fullest, but on the legacy computers its graphics appear to be same. In such cases only the rendering gets slower.

2. Resolution Independence:

The traditional winform applications were not scalable. This means that developers had to create the application keeping a certain resolution in mind. This is a huge limitation as the application’s appearance gets affected on different resolutions. On higher resolutions the application appears smaller and hard to read. Whereas on lower resolutions the application appears larger.

WPF is scalable and is resolution independent. It scales its controls based on the resolution and so the graphics does not gets affected on varying resolutions.

3. Web like layout model:

WPF supports a very flexible web like designing model. Rather than having fixed controls at fixed coordinates, WPF provides ways to place the controls dynamically. The UI is separated from the logic of the controls.

WPF uses XAML to design the UI. Code can also be used to change or perform designing, but XAML provides lots of effective ways to handle designing. This gives designers and developers to work more effectively.

Also, WPF supports page based applications. These are browser-like application which lets you navigate through a collection of pages.

4. Support for multimedia and animation:

The previous technologies like winform had a lot of limitations when it came to multimedia. WPF allows you to play any audio or video file supported by window media player. Apart from this WPF allows you to play more than one multimedia file at once and also perform many tasks with the multimedia.

Animation is an integral part of the framework. WPF is very efficient with animations. You just need to define animation in the declarative tags and WPF puts it into action.

5. Data Binding:

WPF supports excellent data binding. The binding is very easy and effective. You can bind collections to the controls by creating Dependency properties. This is the biggest plus point for fast developments and neat bindings.

Overall, WPF is an effective option to create desktop applications both for developers and end users. You can create next generation application with great looks and rich performance. The initial learning curve is steep but the end results will be astonishing.

Written By: Harsh Wardhan, .Net Developer, Mindfire Solutions

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Posted on August 21, 2013, in ASP.Net, WPF and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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