How to load an external application into a Windows Forms MDI Container?

Hello all
I'm working on project that will use Windows Forms C# 4.0. It is mainly in the conception step. One of its main features will be the ability of acting as kind of manager for external applications. Those external applications will also use windows forms. My question is: it is feasible to use the main application as the MDI Container of those external applications?

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Filipe Carreira
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Vikram Singh SainiSoftware Engineer cum AD DeveloperCommented:
I am not getting your question clearly.

Are you trying for your some application as single place for opening other application (.exe) in it as child? If it is so I think that would not be possible. Because you can make form as MDI Container and other forms as child but for application it's not possible.
FilipeMCAuthor Commented:
Yes, it is some like that.
I'm quite new to .Net and programming. Basically I'm just looking a way of dynamically loading external components into a main application. Components that basically have forms and some functionality.  
The purpose of external components would be the ability to add, remove and upgrade them without modifying the main application.
If you have any suggestions I will be glad to hear them.
PryratesCommented:
maybe this might help:
http://www.scratchprojects.com/2006/03/building_a_plugin_architecture_p01.php

It describes how to offer an more or less open plug in architecture, so you can write a bunch off plug ins that integrate into your (main) application.

There plug ins can offer own ui and stuff.

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Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, Digital Design, and Mathematics TeacherCommented:
You can move an external app into yours by using the SetParent() API...
Vikram Singh SainiSoftware Engineer cum AD DeveloperCommented:
Your comment snippet in ID:34424851:

Basically I'm just looking a way of dynamically loading external components into a main application.

So for that I would recommend you to use UserControl as you can use them in several applications. And also you can edit or update them without affecting main application.

Hope it helps you.
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