Windows Forms Using C#
Rev. 4.8

.NET Training Overview

This five-day course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to GUI development using Windows Forms and C#. The course introduces database programming in Windows, including use of Language Integrated Query (LINQ). The course covers powerful newer Windows Forms features, such as controls, data binding, and ClickOnce deployment for creating smart client applications. It covers interoperability with the next-generation Windows client framework, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

The course begins with a fundamental discussion of Windows Forms architecture and programming simple Windows Forms applications “from scratch.” Then the use of Visual Studio 2017 and the Forms Designer is introduced, which is used throughout the remainder of the course. Simple controls are covered, such as buttons, labels, textboxes, checkboxes, radio buttons and group boxes. List controls are surveyed, including list box, combo box, list view, and DomainUpDown. Dialogs are discussed in detail, including modal and modeless dialogs and associated controls. Menus, toolbars and status bars are covered.

Advanced topics are introduced, including parent/child and owner/owned relationships, programming the Clipboard, visual inheritance, the BackgroundWorker component, and ClickOnce deployment. Advanced controls are introduced, including the tree view, tab control and SpliltContainer. Resources are discussed, including their use in localization. The Application class is covered. Applications settings are discussed, including use of configuration files and the Registry. Data access and data binding are covered. The database examples use SQL Server LocalDB, which is bundled with Visual Studio 2017. The course concludes with a chapter on Windows Forms and WPF interoperation.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.

.NET Training Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of Windows Forms architecture
  • Acquire proficiency in the use of Visual Studio to create professional class Windows applications
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the important controls provided by Windows Forms
  • Learn how to implement dialogs, menus, toolbars and status bars
  • Learn how to use advanced controls, such as tree views, splitters and tabbed dialogs
  • Understand the use of resources and application settings in Windows Forms applications
  • Learn how to implement data access using ADO.NET and binding of controls
  • Use Language Integrated Query (LINQ) to access data from Windows Forms programs
  • Learn how to interoperate between Windows Forms and WPF
.NET Training Audience

This course is designed for experienced application developers and architects responsible for Windows applications in a Microsoft environment

.NET Training Prerequisites

Experience programming the .NET Framework using C#.

.NET Training Course duration

5 days

.NET Training Course outline

1. Introduction to Windows Forms
What Are Windows Forms?
Windows Forms Class Hierarchy
Building a Form
The Application Class
Trapping Events
Labels and Textbox Controls

2. Visual Studio and the Forms Designer
Using the Forms Designer
Code Generated by Forms Designer
Adding Event Handlers
Creating Attractive Forms
Creating Easy To Use Forms

3. Using Controls
Checkbox, Radio Button, and Group Box
Numeric Up/Down

4. List Controls
Listbox and Combo box
Storing Objects in List Controls

5. Working with Dialogs
Modal vs. Modeless Dialogs
Message Boxes
Common Dialogs
Creating a Modal Dialog
Configuring the Dialog Result
Access Data from the Dialog
Validating Data
Error Provider Control
Modal Dialogs
Creating a Modeless Dialog

6. Menus, Toolbars and Status Bars
Main Menus
Context Menus
Building a Status Bar
Building a Toolbar
Using the Timer Control

7. Advanced Windows Forms Topics
Parent/Child Relationships
Owner/Owned Relationships
Top-Most Forms
Programming the Clipboard
Visual Inheritance
BackgroundWorker Component
ClickOnce Deployment

8. Using Advanced Controls

9. Resources
Image Resources
Resource Files
String Resources
Working with Resources in Visual Studio
Resource Managers
Cultures and Internationalization
Building Localizable Forms

10. Applications and Settings
Application Class
Processing and Filtering Windows Messages
Application Lifetime and Events
Configuration Files
Application Settings
Windows Registry

11. Data Access
ADO.NET Overview
.NET Data Providers
Using LocalDB
Data Sets
Data Tables
Data Views
Interacting with XML Data
Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
Bridging Objects and Data
Using Object Relational Designer
Filtering, Ordering and Aggregation
Inserts, Deletes and Updates

12. Data Binding
Data Binding Concept
Binding to a Control
Binding to a List
DataGrid and DataView

13. Windows Forms and WPF Interoperation
Windows Presentation Foundation
Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)
Mixing Forms and WPF Windows
Mixing Controls

Appendix A. Learning Resources

System Requirements

Required software is Visual Studio 2017, which includes LocalDB, a lightweight version of SQL Server 2016 Express. The free Visual Studio Community 2017. The operating system should be Windows 7sp1 or higher. See the appropriate course Setup Guide for details.

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