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Object-Oriented Programming in C# Rev. 2.1
.NET Training Overview

Microsoft’s .NET is a revolutionary advance in programming technology that greatly simplifies application development and is a good match for the emerging paradigm of Web-based services, as opposed to proprietary applications. Part of this technology is a new language, C#. This new language combines the power of C++ and the ease of development of Visual Basic. It bears a striking resemblance to Java and improves on that language. C# may well become the dominant language for building applications on Microsoft platforms.

This thorough and comprehensive course is a practical introduction to programming in C#, utilizing the services provided by .NET. This course emphasizes the C# language. It is current to Visual Studio 2005 and .NET 2.0, which introduces important new features, such as generic types. The new features are covered throughout the course in the context of where they are applicable.

This course is intended to be fully accessible to programmers who do not already have a strong background in object-oriented programming in C-like languages, such as C++ or Java. It is ideal, for example, for Visual Basic or COBOL programmers who desire to learn C#.

An important thrust of the course is to teach C# programming from an object-oriented perspective. It is often difficult for programmers trained originally in a procedural language to start “thinking in objects.” This course introduces object-oriented concepts early, and C# is developed in a way that leverages its object orientation. A case study is used to illustrate creating a complete system using C# and .NET. Besides supporting traditional object-oriented features, such as classes, inheritance, and polymorphism, C# introduces several additional features, such as properties, indexers, delegates, events, and interfaces that make C# a compelling language for developing object-oriented and component-based systems. This course provides thorough coverage of all these features.

C# as a language is elegant and powerful. But to utilize its capabilities fully, you need to have a good understanding of how it works with the .NET Framework. The course explores several important interactions between C# and the .NET Framework, and it includes an introduction to major classes for collections, delegates, and events. It concludes with a succinct introduction to creating GUI programs using Windows Forms.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided, including the case study. The student will receive a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the programming examples.

The course includes two electronic supplements, provided as PDF files. The first covers Visual Studio 2005, and the second covers unsafe code and the C# pointer type. Related learning materials include the book Introduction to C# Using .NET, published by Prentice-Hall, and a comprehensive set of supplementary exercises, available from Object Innovations.

.NET Training Learning Objectives

  • Acquire a working knowledge of C# programming
  • Learn how to implement programs using C# and classes from the .NET Framework
  • Learn how to implement simple GUI programs using Windows Forms
  • Gain a working knowledge of generic types, anonymous delegates, partial classes, and other new features in C# 2.0.
.NET Training Prerequisites

The student should have programming experience in a high-level language.

.NET Training Course duration

5 days

.NET Training Course outline

1. NET: What You Need to Know
  • .NET Executables and the CLR
  • A .NET Testbed for C# Programming
  • Visual Studio 2005
2. First C# Programs
  • Hello, World
  • Namespaces
  • Variables and Expressions
  • Using C# as a Calculator
  • Input/Output in C#
  • .NET Framework Class Library
3. Data Types in C#
  • Data Types
  • Integer Types
  • Floating Point Types
  • Decimal Type
  • Characters and Strings
  • Boolean Type
  • Conversions
  • Nullable Types
4. Operators and Expressions
  • Operator Cardinality
  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Relational Operators
  • Logical Operators
  • Bitwise Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Expressions
  • Checked and Unchecked
5. Control Structures
  • If Tests
  • Loops
  • Arrays
  • Foreach
  • More about Control Flow
  • Switch
6. Object-Oriented Programming
  • Objects
  • Classes
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • Object-Oriented Languages
  • Components
7. Classes
  • Classes as Structured Data
  • Methods
  • Constructors and Initialization
  • Static Fields and Methods
  • Constant and Readonly
8. More about Types
  • Overview of Types in C#
  • Value Types
  • Boxing and Unboxing
  • Reference Types
9. Methods, Properties and Operators
  • Methods
  • Parameter Passing
  • Method Overloading
  • Variable-Length Parameter Lists
  • Properties
  • Operator Overloading
10. Characters and Strings
  • Characters
  • Strings
  • String Input
  • String Methods
  • StringBuilder Class
  • Programming with Strings
11. Arrays and Indexers
  • Arrays
  • System.Array
  • Random Number Generation
  • Jagged Arrays
  • Rectangular Arrays
  • Arrays as Collections
  • Bank Case Study—Step 1
  • Indexers
12. Inheritance
  • Single Inheritance
  • Access Control
  • Method Hiding
  • Initialization
  • Bank Case Study—Step 2
13. Virtual Methods and Polymorphism
  • Virtual Methods and Dynamic Binding
  • Method Overriding
  • Fragile Base Class Problem
  • Polymorphism
  • Abstract Classes
  • Sealed Classes
  • Heterogeneous Collections
  • Bank Case Study—Step 3
14. Formatting and Conversion
  • ToString
  • Format Strings
  • String Formatting Methods
  • Bank Case Study—Step 4
  • Type Conversions
15. Exceptions
  • Exception Fundamentals
  • Structured Exception Handling
  • User-Defined Exception Classes
  • Inner Exceptions
  • Bank Case Study—Step 5
16. Interfaces
  • Interface Fundamentals
  • Programming with Interfaces
  • Using Interfaces at Runtime
  • Bank Case Study—Step 6
  • Resolving Ambiguities
17. .NET Interfaces and Collections
  • Collections
  • Bank Case Study—Step 7
  • IEnumerable and IEnumerator
  • Copy Semantics and ICloneable
  • Comparing Objects
  • Generic Types
  • Type-Safe Collections
  • Bank Case Study—Step 8
18. Delegates and Events
  • Delegates
  • Anonymous Methods
  • Events
19. Introduction to Windows Forms
  • Creating Windows Applications Using Visual Studio 2005
  • Partial Classes
  • Buttons, Labels and Textboxes
  • Handling Events
  • Listbox Controls
Appendix A. Learning Resources

Electronic File Supplements

Supplement 1. Using Visual Studio 2005
  • Overview of Visual Studio 2005
  • Creating a Console Application
  • Project Configurations
  • Debugging
  • Multiple-Project Solutions
Supplement 2. Unsafe Code and Pointers in C#
  • Unsafe Code
  • C# Pointer Type
System Requirements

Course exercises require Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 on Windows XP with Service Pack 2. Visual C# 2005 Express Edition can also be used. See the appropriate course Setup Guide for details.

A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a Pentium 1 GHz or equivalent CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and at least 4 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware


 
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