What is Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)?

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Windows Presentation Foundation is a UI framework that creates desktop client applications. The WPF development platform supports a broad set of application development features, including an application model, resources, controls, graphics, layout, data binding, documents, and security.

WPF is part of .NET, so if you have previously built applications with .NET using ASP.NET or Windows Forms, the programming experience should be familiar. WPF uses the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) to provide a declarative model for application programming.

Get started with WPF

This section has topics that introduce and help you get started with WPF.

Subject Articles
I want to jump right in... Walkthrough: My first WPF desktop application
I want to compare XAML design tools... Design XAML in Visual Studio and Blend for Visual Studio
New to .NET? .NET guide

Application Essentials

Get Started with Visual C#
Tell me more about WPF... WPF overview

XAML overview (WPF)


Data binding overview

WPF data binding with LINQ to XML
Are you a Windows Forms developer? Windows Forms controls and equivalent WPF controls

Supported scenarios in WPF and Windows Forms interoperation

See also