WPF – short for Windows Presentation Foundation – is still considered the best standard for developing desktop software for Windows computers, especially in the LoB segment, despite its introduction more than 13 years ago. There is a good reason for this. And that is why WPF is still the most sustainable and future-proof solution for companies today.
A completely new approach
The introduction of WPF in 2006 represented a revolution in the approach to software development. For the first time, interface design with XAML and programming of business logic with C# were consistently separated. This led to the MVVM standard, which is now established in all modern programming languages. This made it possible to separate the UI design and the actual development of e.g. data binding etc. not only architecturally but also in terms of personnel.
Suitable for any Windows thanks to .NET
WPF is based on the .NET Framework, i.e. THE collection of development tools and interfaces for the Windows operating system. One of the biggest advantages of .NET is that it is available for pretty much every Windows system (from Windows Vista, i.e. since 2006). Thus, WPF enables the development of software even for companies that still use computers with older operating systems, but also for those who use very current systems such as Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.
Endless possibilities and extensions
The .NET Framework and the WPF development tools alone offer an extremely wide range of application possibilities and components for very time- and cost-saving development. In addition, many additional tools and extensions have been established on the market over the last 10 years that make it even more widely applicable and enable faster development, easy-to-use, uniform interfaces and much more. Thus, .NET and WPF are the best and fastest way to develop Windows software – especially when the user interface plays an important role.
Good starting point for mobile solutions
In addition to usability on classic Windows systems (PCs, tablets, laptops, etc.), .NET also meets the high demand for mobile solutions. A partially common code base, libraries that can be used across platforms and extensions such as XAMARIN make the development of mobile apps on the basis of existing .NET / WPF solutions “easier” than ever before. However, it is particularly important to take this into account during the planning and architecture of the corresponding components and modules.
Beware of uniformity and incompatibility
The availability of many extensions and components for .NET / WPF can be both a curse and a blessing. Although you can literally “build” an almost complete application, you often pay a high price because the individuality, adaptability and compatibility of the individual components suffer. This is especially the case when the mobile market is targeted in addition to the classic desktop application.
Experienced experts more important than ever
.NET and WPF are “grown systems” that have had to adapt over the years to the ever-changing requirements of software development. It is therefore hardly surprising how complex and sometimes somewhat unmanageable their possibilities have become. Many years of experience, precise knowledge of challenges, their solutions and best practices are therefore indispensable in complex software projects that are to be implemented in WPF.
HeiReS – Highest WPF competence
Lars Heinrich – one of the founders of HeiReS – has been one of Germany’s leading experts since WPF was established with XAML and C#. Peggy Reuter-Heinrich – the second HeiReS founder – is one of the few UI designers in Germany who also actively works with XAML and Blend for WPF. Both were awarded the renowned “Most Valuable Professional” Award by Microsoft in 2013 for their competence and commitment. Together with a team of interdisciplinary UI designers and UI developers, HeiReS offers highly professional .NET development in the most diverse forms and for the most diverse sectors even before the company was founded.
The benefit of years of WPF experience
Our 13 years of experience in UI design and development in WPF save you a lot of time and money. We solve your problems quickly and cost-efficiently.