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Learning to Program Using Visual Basic 2008
with Ken Getz and Robert Green

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In this course, you’ll learn to use Visual Studio 2008 to explore the Visual Basic language. By the end of this course, you will understand the important basic concepts that will allow you to start creating the applications you need. More...

Course includes 45+ hours of total training time...
  • 12 modules of training
  • Over 15 hours of media run time
  • Over 750 pages of printable courseware
  • Step-by-step hands-on-labs
  • Sample code
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Learning to Program Using VB 2008

 12 CD-ROMs

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 12 CD-ROMs + Printed Books



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 1 DVD-ROM + Printed Books

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Course Outline (Outlines are subject to change.)
Learning to Program Using Visual Basic 2008
Modules Run Time Pages
12 15 hours 750

In this course, you’ll learn to use Visual Studio 2008 to explore the Visual C# language. The course starts with a quick overview of the .NET platform, examining assemblies, Microsoft Intermediate Language, Visual Studio profiles, XML comments, IntelliSense, and debugging. From there, you’ll learn all the language features that you must internalize in order to create full-featured Web or Windows applications that make best use of the .NET platform. You’ll learn about data types, variables, and operators, along with all the important flow control structures. You’ll work through several examples demonstrating the power of the .NET Framework, and dig into creating and consuming your own classes and objects. The course moves on to working with data structures, such as arrays and collection classes, before finishing up with discussions of generics, handling exceptions and working with delegates and events. The course concludes by introducing the new LINQ-oriented features added to the .NET Framework 3.5, including anonymous types, lambda expressions, and more. By the end of this course, you will understand the important basic concepts that will allow you to start creating the applications you need.

In this course you will learn...
  • Build and debug applications using Visual Studio 2008.
  • Create and use variables, operators, and data types.
  • Find and use the classes you need within the .NET Framework.
  • Manage flow control within your code, branching and looping as needed.
  • Create and consume classes and objects.
  • Add and consume properties and methods in your classes.
  • Make use of .NET's object-oriented features, such as overloading, inheritance and interfaces.
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate multiple values using arrays.
  • Work with .NET generics.
  • Make best use of the .NET Framework's support for collection classes.
  • Handle exceptions in your code.
  • Create and use delegates, and understand how they relate to events.
  • Use anonymous types, lambda expressions, extension methods, object initializers, and implicit type declaration.

This course assumes that students have some programming background. No specific experience with Visual Studio 2008 or the .NET Framework is required. As with any such course, the more experience you bring to the course, the more you’ll get out of it. This course moves quickly through a broad range of programming topics, but it does not require any prior .NET skills.

Getting Started with .NET

  • Thinking about .NET
  • Using Visual Studio 2008
  • Debugging Your Code and Handling Exceptions
Data Types and Variables
  • Introducing Variables and Data Types
  • Working with Variables and Data Types
Using the .NET Framework
  • Using .NET Framework Classes
  • Working with Strings
  • Working with Dates and Times
  • The My Namespace
Branching and Flow Control
  • Conditional Branching
  • Repeating Code Blocks
  • Unconditional Branching
Classes and Objects
  • Introducing Objects and Classes
  • Creating Your Own Class
  • Working with Classes
Properties and Methods
  • Working with Properties
  • Working with Methods
Object-Oriented Techniques
  • Inheritance
  • Interfaces
  • Organizing Classes
Working with Arrays
  • Introducing Arrays
  • Manipulating Arrays
Delegates and Events
  • Motivating Delegates
  • Introducing Delegates
  • Working with Events
  • Introducing Generics
  • Generics and Arrays
  • Generic Interfaces
  • Generic Constraints
  • Generics and Lists
Handling Exceptions
  • Perspectives and Exception Handling
  • Getting Started with Exception Handling
  • Catching Specific Exceptions
  • Raising Errors
  • Running Code Unconditionally
  • Creating Exception Classes
Collection Classes
  • Generics, Collections, and Interfaces
  • The Generic List
  • Working with Dictionaries, Stacks, and Queues
  • Creating Your Own Generic Collection Classes
Languages Extensions for LINQ
  • LINQ and Languages
  • Implicity Typed Local Variables and Object Initializers
  • Lambda Expressions, Extension Methods, and Anonymous Types

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Your Instructor

Ken Getz is a nationally renowned speaker and best-selling author who specializes in programming with Visual C# and Visual Basic. He has been working with for more than 10 years, and is the author and presenter of some of A most popular courses (click here for list of courses). Ken is also a senior consultant with MCW Technologies and the author or co-author of several best-selling books including Access 2002 Developer's Handbooks (with Paul Litwin and Mike Gunderloy (Sybex)), Access Cookbook (with Andy Baron and Paul Litwin (O'Reilly)), VBA Developer's Handbook (with Mike Gilbert (Sybex)), and ASP.NET Developer's JumpStart (with Paul D. Sheriff (Addison-Wesley)). Since the inception of the program, Ken has been selected each year as a Microsoft Support MVP and is a member of the INETA speaker's bureau, traveling to speak at .NET user groups throughout the country. Ken is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including Microsoft's Tech-Ed, as well as VSLive and DevConnections. Ken is also a technical editor for Advisor Guide to Microsoft Access and Advisor Guide to Microsoft Visual Basic and is a columnist for both CoDe Magazine and MSDN Magazine.

Robert Green is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner. Before joining MCW, Robert worked at Microsoft for 8 years, most recently as a Program Manager on the Visual Basic product team and previously as a Product Manager for several products including Visual Studio, Visual Basic, Visual Studio Tools for Office and Visual FoxPro. Prior to joining Microsoft, Robert was a Vice President and co-founder of The Information Management Group, a consulting and education services firm in Chicago. Robert has been a frequent speaker at technology conferences, including TechEd, VSLive, VSConnections and Advisor Live. His articles have appeared on MSDN and Advisor Publication’s VB.NET Advisor, and will appear in other venues as well throughout the year. Robert is the co-author and co-presenter of Visual Basic 2005 and Visual C# 2005 training, along with Ken Getz.

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