Building small applications from scratch is easy enough with almost any available programming technology. However, if you are assigned the task to build large applications and have the requirement to re-use code either now or tomorrow, you need to be a lot more careful. Microsoft has ready-made patterns that help you build complex Windows Presentation Foundation applications with reusability and componentized design in mind.
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