Windows Presentation Foundation Definitions

  • A

    Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)

    Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a method of building interactive applications for the Web that process user requests immediately. Ajax combines several programming tools including JavaScript, dynamic HTML, XML, cascading style sheets, the Document Object Model and the Microsoft object XMLHttpRequest. (Continued)

  • E

    Expression Graphic Designer

    Expression Graphic Designer is Microsoft's new software tool for creating the images that appear in an application's user interface, or UI. The product supports both vector and bitmap types of graphics and allows application designers to use effects such as fringes and drop shadows. (Continued...)

  • Expression Interactive Designer

    Expression Interactive Designer is Microsoft's new tool for adding 3D images and multimedia content to an application's user interface, or UI. The product complements both Microsoft's existing application development tool, Visual Studio 2005, and the tools in the upcoming WinFX suite, which allows for better collaboration among the designers and developers who are building an application.

  • G

    GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

    The GIF (pronounced DJIF by many, including its designer; pronounced GIF with a hard G by many others) stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is one of the two most common file formats for graphic images on the World Wide Web.

  • GUI (graphical user interface)

    A GUI (usually pronounced "GOO-ee") is a graphical (rather than purely textual) user interface to a computer.

  • I

    IP address (Internet Protocol Address)

    This definition is based on Internet Protocol Version 4. See Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) for a description of the newer 128-bit IP address. Note that the system of IP address classes described here, while forming the basis for IP address assignment, is generally bypassed today by use of Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) addressing.

  • L

    LINQ (Language Integrated Query)

    LINQ (Language Integrated Query) is a Microsoft programming model and methodology that essentially adds formal query capabilities into Microsoft .NET-based programming languages... (Continued)

  • S

    Silverlight

    Silverlight is: (1) A programming model for developing and distributing rich Internet applications (RIA) that use graphics, animations or video within the .NET Framework. Silverlight was previously known by its code name, Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. (2) A plug-in from Microsoft for delivering media created with Silverlight.

  • V

    vector graphics

    Vector graphics is the creation of digital images through a sequence of commands or mathematical statements that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.

  • Visual Studio Express (VSE)

    Visual Studio Express (VSE) is a freeware version of Microsoft's Visual Studio development environment toolset... (Continued)

  • W

    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's programming model for using managed code to build unified Web services and other distributed systems that can talk to each other.

  • Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS)

    Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) is a portal-based platform for creating, managing and sharing documents and customized Web services. WSS is available as a free download included with every Windows Server license. (Continued...)

  • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF or WinWF)

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF or WinWF) is Microsoft's programming model for building workflow-enabled applications in the Windows operating system. It includes a namespace, a workflow engine and design tools that can be used with Visual Studio .NET. Windows Workflow Foundation covers both system and human workflows and it can be used with both client and server versions of Windows. (Continued...)

  • X

    XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language)

    XAML, Extensible Application Markup Language, is Microsoft's XML-based language for creating a rich GUI, or graphical user interface. XAML supports both vector and bitmap types of graphics, as well as rich text and multimedia files.

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