.NET Training Overview|
.NET is a revolutionary advance in programming technology that greatly simplifies application development. Microsoft’s popular Visual Basic programming language has been upgraded to take advantage of the new .NET features. Visual Basic has become a fully object-oriented programming language with capabilities comparable to C++, Java, and Microsoft’s new language C#.
This course is a practical introduction to programming in Visual Basic and the use of services provided by .NET. It emphasizes the Visual Basic language and how to build Visual Basic applications from an object-oriented perspective. Knowledge of the earlier version of the language, Visual Basic 6, is not required. The course 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.
One of the strengths of Visual Basic, and the reason it has enjoyed such widespread use, is the ease with which Windows application can be developed. Microsoft has revamped the way that Windows applications are built under .NET. Windows Forms, used by .NET languages, represents a class library that brings uniformity to the components of a Windows application. The course includes substantial coverage of using Windows Forms in Visual Basic, including creating database applications with ADO.NET.
The first part of the course covers the fundamentals of Microsoft’s Visual Basic programming language. It starts with a brief chapter, “.NET: What You Need To Know,” which gets you up and running in the .NET environment with a minimum of fuss. The next five chapters cover the Visual Basic language essentials.
The second part of the course discusses object-oriented programming in Visual Basic. It contains three chapters that focus on developing classes using Visual Basic and then extending them via Visual Basic’s inheritance capabilities. Interface-based programming and collection classes are also introduced.
The final part of the course introduces the Windows Forms class library. Programmers familiar with previous versions of VB will notice that this significantly changes the programming model, yet also introduces flexibility not previously available. The four chapters in this part evolve from building simple form-based applications to ones with dialogs and menus. It concludes with an introduction to database programming using ADO.NET.
The course is practical, with many example programs and a progressively developed case study. The student will receive a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the programming examples.
.NET Training Learning Objectives
.NET Training Prerequisites
- Gain an understanding of the .NET architecture
- Gain a working knowledge of the Visual Basic programming language
- Learn how to build object-oriented applications using Visual Basic
- Learn how to implement Windows desktop applications using Windows Forms, including programs that interact with databases
- Gain a working knowledge of generic types and other new features in Visual Basic 2005.
The student should have some programming experience.
.NET Training Course duration
.NET Training Course outline
1. NET: What You Need to Know
2. Fundamentals of Visual Basic Programming
- .NET Executables and the CLR
- A .NET Testbed for C# Programming
- Visual Studio 2005
3. Control Structures
- Program Structure
- Data Types
- Operators and Expressions
- Console I/O
- If Statement
- Select Case Statement
- Do/Loop Statement
- For/Next Statement
- Exit and Continue
5. Advanced Data Types
- Pass-by-value Versus Pass-by-reference
- Access modifiers
- Optional Parameters
6. Exception Handling
7. Object-Oriented Programming
- Error Detection
- Exception Handling
- Object-Oriented Concepts
- Defining Classes
- Methods and Properties
- Shared Data and Methods
9. Interfaces and Collections
- Controlling Base Class Construction
- Access Control
- Abstract and Not Inheritable Classes
- Type Conversion in Inheritance
10. Introduction to Windows Forms
- Interface Fundamentals
- Programming with Interfaces
- Using Interfaces at Runtime
- Resolving Ambiguities
- Generic Types
- Type-Safe Collections
11. Windows Forms Controls
- Creating Windows Applications Using Visual Studio 2005
- Partial Classes
- Handling Events
- Common Controls
12. User Interface Features
13. Database Programming
- Buttons, Labels and Textboxes
- Radio Buttons and Group Boxes
- Check Boxes
- List Boxes and Combo Boxes
- Timer Control
- Flexible Event Handling
Electronic File Supplements
- .NET Data Providers
- Using Data Readers
- Using Data Sets
- .NET 2.0 Data Binding
Supplement 1. Using Visual Studio 2005
- Overview of Visual Studio 2005
- Creating a Console Application
- Project Configurations
- Multiple-Project Solutions
Course exercises require Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 on Windows XP with Service Pack 2. Visual Basic 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.