The rise of WPF vs. Winforms
6 February 2008 in .Net | Comments enabled

WPF has been around for a couple of years now and it’s great to see that it is starting to get some solid traction in the market. Obviously we believe this however it’s always useful to use a tool like Google Trends to identify where things are heading.

Here’s a graph of WPF vs. Windows Forms vs. Winforms

WPF vs Winforms in terms of popularity

Some thoughts and notes:

  • WPF is likely bolstered somewhat by Silverlight as it used to be called WPF/e
  • It is interesting to see the general slow decline of winforms over the years. I believe this is because web development has grown more popular for replacing client applications
  • I can’t think of a nice term to measure the rise web development in a pure developer sense.
  • WPF will continue to take market share from winforms as end user machines become more powerful and capable of running some of the awesome effects of WPF more smoothly
  • Microsoft seems to generate most queries for almost any technology they have created (or at least lots of people in Redmond, Washington are interested :) )
  • India was generating, by far, most of the real queries, a real sign of just how large the outsourcing machine is over there.
  • Web frameworks are considerably larger, even SilverLight at this stage is about two times as popular as a search query than WPF

– JD

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7 comments. Add your own comment.

lolo says 6 February 2008 @ 21:02

Hi, could you explain me what is the difference between Windows Forms and Winforms? I got confused looking at your graph,
cheers

traskjd says 6 February 2008 @ 21:07

Hi lolo,

Winforms & Windows Forms are the same thing effectively. Some people just refer to them by different names. I just don’t know how to say “and” when using Google Trends otherwise I would have made it “WPF vs Winforms AND Windows Forms”.

I hope that helps,

John-Daniel Trask

gman says 7 February 2008 @ 08:22

I still predict Winforms to be widely used for another 4 to 5 years.

Rohit says 8 February 2008 @ 03:10

I would look at this differently. There are not many books available on WPF in terms of variety as compared to WinForms which have been there for a long time. So people tend to search and look up more on WPF than WinForms.

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MrBill says 19 July 2008 @ 01:50

I don’t believe your graph. I believe there are a lot of people checking it out, but I can’t believe that anyone is actually writing programs with it. And if so where are they? Can you tell me where you got your information to create it?

traskjd says 4 August 2008 @ 22:15

@MrBill: The stats are from Google trends. I don’t think you could get a much larger sample set of data than that.

Of course some will just be exploratory at this stage but I would doubt that figure would be ~80% to even bring it inline with WinForms.

– JD

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