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Windows Forms 2.0 Programming by Michael Weinhardt, Chris Sells

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12. Design-Time Integration: Designers and Smart Tags

THE PROPERTIES WINDOW is part of a broad set of design-time services that includes component designers and smart tags and which allow you to enhance the behavior of your components in many ways. Designers allow you to completely separate design-time behavior from a component, thereby simplifying the implementation of design-time-only functionality.

Designers are also the design-time entry point for smart tags, a feature that enhances Properties window integration by making key configurations available for a design-time component right on the design surface, visual or nonvisual. This chapter concludes our journey through the immense landscape of the design time by showing how to use custom ...

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