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Part: I The Basics > .NET Graphic Objects

Chapter 2. .NET Graphic Objects

In the Windows environment, two-dimensional graphics rendering is handled by a set of APIs collectively known as GDI (Graphics Device Interface). GDI provides a layer of abstraction between the application and the physical device—commonplace now, but when it was first introduced and accepted, GDI made a lot of programmer's lives considerably less tedious.

GDI+ is the successor to GDI in Windows XP. It adds some cool new features—gradient brushes and transparency come immediately to mind—that make certain tasks much easier to implement. The .NET Framework encapsulation of GDI+, known as the GDI+ Managed Classes, is implemented primarily in the System.Drawing namespace.


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