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Chapter 21. Interface Architectures > Implementation Architectures

Implementation Architectures

Once you have decided on the architectural paradigm your application will use, the next step, of course, is to implement it. In this section, we'll categorize the interface architecture slightly differently. In the implementation phase, you're concerned with the physical relationships between forms as they're opened and displayed, and these relationships are typically divided into three categories: Single Document Interfaces (SDI), Multiple Document Interfaces (MDI), and Wizards.

The names of these categories, developed by Microsoft, reflect the Document/View paradigm. The Document/View paradigm separates the data being manipulated with the specific view of that data in a window. Document/View is very useful for certain kinds of problems. Think, for example, of a word processor that allows multiple windows that display different portions of the same document.


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