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WPF for Line of Business Applications

I've been working on this post for a while but now I don't have to finish it because somebody else has done it for me.

"The conventional wisdom -- and Microsoft guidance -- on 'should I use Windows Forms or Windows Presentation Foundation for my business application' is to use Windows Forms. The justification is that WPF's novel features aren't sufficiently useful to line-of-business applications to balance out Windows Forms' better tools, control set and third-party support. WPF, it is implied, is only worth the candle if you're doing something amazingly fancy in the way of visual design: a 'cool' app rather than a useful one.

I think this is nonsense."

Couldn't have put it better myself. So I won't.

Read the rest of this post over on Flatlander (via Rob Relyea).

I think part of the problem is that the 'marketing' of WPF focussed on the snazzy creations of television companies and funky new-media outfits. We've not seen much in the way of LoB applications despite WPF's tremendous potential in this area.

Indeed, this was the focus of my "Real World Applications with WPF" presentation at this year's ADC Tech Briefing '07 which was very well received. I was hoping to find time to convert that into a series of blog posts too - let's hope somebody else beats me to it so I don't have to.


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Josh Post By Josh Twist
1:08 PM
30 Aug 2007

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Posted by Brian @ 02 Sep 2007 3:14 PM
Kind of related topic...some real world LoB ASP.NET applications that use WWF would be cool...especially something that starts with the requisite hello world in ASP.NET...not much out there at the 100 or 200 level of ASP.NET WWF and I'm pulling my hair out.

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