By Philip Miseldine

Whats coming in Windows Forms v2

By Philip Miseldine

The Windows Forms team have published some screenshots of some of the new controls coming to the next edition of Windows Forms.

At a glance:

1. WebBrowser: We finally get a managed wrapper for the IE ActiveX control!

2. Active Document Host: Allows the hosting of OLE documents. This means you can drop in any in-place editing application, like Word, Excel or Photoshop. Neat!

3. SoundPlayer. I got initially excited about this, thinking it was a drop in Windows Media control. But, no, it simply plays a WAV file. Humpft :(

4. DataGridView. A much refined DataGrid, the DataGridView has far better design-time previewing, better styling, and richer cell types. Looks good.

5. SplitContainer. A neater version of the traditional Splitter control. Think of it as a panel split into two panels with a splitter inbetween. Or just look at the pretty picture ;)

6. MaskedTextBox. About time .NET got a native masked text box. Very similar to MaskEd in VB6, or MaskedEdit in Delphi.

7. ToolStrip. At last, decent UI components with Office 2003 styling. Status bars, menus, toolbars, context menus, all customisable and drag and drop. Excellent.

  • Khari Bryan

    1. How does this affect or influence ASP?

    2. Now this is a definate 2-thumbs up! Actually now working with an app control that I wanted to be editable in Word. This will help me in a big way.

    3. OK, well, it’s a start…

    4. From the screenshot, it looks good indeed. I haven’t played around with DataGrids myself so I don’t know much to comment.

    5. The traditional splitter gave me a splitting headache! (maybe because I was using it wrong) but I am eager to see what improvements they’ve made to the bar

    6. A good addition, more choice, more tools, more functionality.

    7. A ToolStrip! Finally! Been working with the present Toolbar class and though it’s functional, it doesn’t have the smooth ‘Office’ look

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