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Visual Basic NET Programming Course

Windows Forms 4.0 Programming Using Visual Basic.NET

Duration: 5 Days | Price: $2595 *California residents call for pricing. | Class Dates:

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Students Will Learn:

  • Visual Basic.NET Syntax
  • .NET Framework Base Class Library
  • Managing Run-time Exceptions
  • Building Windows Forms Applications
  • Using Windows Forms Controls
  • Working with Modal and Modeless Forms
  • Interacting with Databases
  • Using Data Binding
  • Building and Calling WCF SOAP Services
  • Working with Files and the File System

Course Description: This course provides students with hands on experience using Visual Studio to create desktop applications using Windows Forms and the .NET 4.0 Framework using Visual Basic.NET. The course provides a thorough introduction to the VB.NET programming language, including coverage of the essentials of the VB.NET programming language, built in data types, operators, control structures, classes and methods, collections and exception handling.

Students then learn how to leverage the power of the .NET Framework to build desktop applications. Students learn how to build Windows Forms applications and use with a variety of controls to create sophisticated user interfaces. Students also learn how to use the BackgroundWorker to perform asynchronous operations.

Students learn how to use ADO.NET to interact with databases and XML files. Students learn how Windows Forms uses data binding to display data in controls such as the DataGridView and Chart. Students also learn how to build and interact with simple WCF SOAP Web Services.

Other topics include: debugging techniques; using a .config file to control application configuration; building menus, toolbars and status bars; reading and writing files; interacting with the file system; and deploying desktop applications.

The course also presents differences in functionality and tools utilized in versions 4.0 and 4.5 of the .NET Framework. Comprehensive labs provide the students with extensive experience creating and deploying Windows Forms-based desktop applications.

This course provides thorough coverage of the use of Windows Forms to build desktop applications. Students requiring additional coverage of Windows Presentation Foundation, ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC or WCF should contact HOTT or refer to HOTT's complete course listing for additional training courses.

Students who are already familiar with the Visual Basic.NET language may want to take the 3-day Windows Forms 4.0 Programming for Experienced VB.NET Programmers class instead.

Course Prerequisites: Prior programming experience is required.

Follow-up Course: Advanced .NET Framework Programming Using VB.NET

Windows Forms 4.0 Programming Using Visual Basic.NET Course Overview:

Introduction to .NET
  • Overview of the .NET Framework
  • How .NET is Different from Traditional Programming
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR)
  • Common Language Specification (CLS)
  • Common Type System (CTS)
  • .NET Assemblies
  • Microsoft Intermediate Language (CIL)
  • .NET Namespaces
  • .NET Framework Class Library
Introduction to Visual Studio
  • Creating a Project
  • Using the Code Editor
  • Correcting Syntax Errors
  • Setting Project Properties
  • Adding References
  • Compiling a Program
  • Running a Program
  • Debugging a Program
  • Using the MSDN (Help)
Language Fundamentals
  • VB.NET Program Structure
  • Defining Namespaces
  • Understanding VB.NET Data Types
  • Defining Variables and Constants
  • Comparing Value Types vs. Reference Types
  • Working with Operators and Expressions
  • Performing Type Conversions
  • Using Console I/O
  • Formatting Numbers, Date and Times
Conditionals and Looping
  • If/Else
  • Select Case
  • Do/Loop
  • While
  • For
  • For Each
Procedures and Parameters
  • Subroutines vs. Functions
  • Defining Shared and Instance Methods
  • Passing Parameters by value and by reference
  • Overloading Methods
  • Using Variable Length Parameter Lists
Exception Handling
  • What are Exceptions?
  • .NET Exception Hierarchy
  • Catching Exceptions
  • Throwing Exceptions
  • Managing Resources with Finally
Collections
  • Defining and Using Arrays
  • Understanding System.Array
  • .NET Collections vs Generic Collections
  • Working with Lists
  • Working with Dictionaries
  • Using LINQ to Objects
Object-Oriented Programming
  • Overview of Object-Oriented Programming
  • Building Classes
  • Defining Properties
  • Using Auto-Implemented Properties
  • Defining Methods
  • Understanding Constructors
  • Extending .NET Classes via Inheritance
  • Defining and Implementing Interfaces
  • Understanding the Role of Interfaces in .NET
Windows Forms Applications
  • Windows Forms Applications
  • Setting Form Properties
  • Understanding the Life-cycle of a Form
  • Using the Windows Forms Designer
  • Using the MessageBox Class
  • Using a .config File
Using Controls
  • Working with Windows Forms Controls
  • Using Text Controls
  • Using Button Controls
  • Using Selection Controls
  • Using List Controls
  • Using Container Controls
  • Using Image Controls
  • Using Up/Down Controls
  • Using the ErrorProvider and ToolTipProvider Controls
Handling Events
  • Understanding the Event-Driven Programming Model
  • Writing Event Handlers
  • Sharing Event Handlers
Performing Asynchronous Activities
  • Understanding Threading
  • Working with Delegates
  • Using the Background Worker
  • Updating Controls from Other Threads
ADO.NET
  • Understanding the ADO.NET Object Model
  • Connected vs. Disconnected Access
  • Using a Connection to Connect to a Data Source
  • Using a Command to Execute Queries and Stored Procedures
  • Using a DataReader to Work with Cursors
  • Using the DataSet with Disconnected Data
  • Using DataAdapters with DataSets
Using XML
  • Understanding XML and XML Schemas
  • Reading XML Data with a DataSet
  • Writing XML Data with a DataSet
Data Binding
  • Understanding ADO.NET Data Binding
  • Binding to Simple and Complex Controls
  • Manually Binding Controls
  • Using the BindingSource Control
  • Using the BindingNavigator Control
  • Using the DataGridView Control
  • Using the Chart Control
Working with Forms
  • Understanding Modal vs Modeless Forms
  • Displaying Modal Forms
  • Working with DialogResult
  • Retrieving Data from Modal Forms
  • Displaying Modeless Forms
  • Working with Data in Modeless Forms
  • Using the Common Dialogs
Working with Menus, Toolbars and Status Bars
  • Working with Menus
  • Working with Toolbars
  • Working with Status Bars
Working with Files and Directories
  • Working with the Windows File System
  • Discovering Drives
  • Discovering Directories
  • Discovering Files
  • Examining File, Directory and Drive Attributes
  • Reading, Writing and Appending to Files
Introduction to WCF Web Services
  • Overview of WCF Services
  • Understanding SOAP
  • Creating a WCF SOAP Web Service
  • Creating a Proxy Class
  • Calling a WCF SOAP Web Service
Deploying Windows Forms Applications
  • Understanding Deployment Options
  • Configuring an Application for Deployment
  • Using XCOPY Deployment
  • Using Installers
  • Using Click-Once Deployment

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