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Custom Controls and Design-Time Support: Part 2/2


Creating custom controls is a key technique in .NET development. This article by Matthew is the second of a two part series where he looks at how to create a custom Windows Form control that behaves properly in Visual Studio .NET.

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By: Wrox Team
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January 13, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Custom Controls and Design-Time Support: Part 2/2
  2. · The DirectoryTree
  3. · Filtering Control Class Members
  4. · Designer Verbs
  5. · UITypeEditors
  6. · Custom UITypeEditors
  7. · Conclusion

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Custom Controls and Design-Time Support: Part 2/2 - Conclusion
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In this article, we considered two of the most important ingredients for creating design-time support for custom controls: control designers and UITypeEditors.

The most exciting part about these classes is that they use 100% standard .NET code. That means you can write user interfaces to support your controls in the design-time environment with the same controls and windows form classes you would use in an ordinary .NET application.

Similarly, you can weave UITypeEditors that read settings from an XML file, control designers that incorporate rich windows controls in a multi-step wizard, or even a license provider that connects to a web service!

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