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Advanced Windows Forms

There are two advanced features in Windows Forms that are beyond the scope of this book, but are worth noting. The first is shaped forms. In Windows Forms, a form can take on any shape that you specify. Using the power of GDI+, you can specify point structures and clip regions that determine how a form should look. Figure 3.18 demonstrates a shaped form at runtime.

Figure 3.18Figure 3.18 A shaped Windows Form.

The second and most revolutionary aspect of Windows Forms is the ability to write Windows Forms applications that load dynamically through HTTP. Similar to a Web Form, a properly designed Windows Forms application can trickle down to the client machine. There are a few ways to accomplish this, but the fact that you can write a robust Windows Forms application and have it load over the Internet like an ASP.NET application is outstanding.

In addition to the Downloads section for today, I've included a demo of how this can be achieved. For more information, see the resources in the "Q&A" section at the end of the day.

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