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Visual Basic 2005: Developing Applications
with Ken Getz and Robert Green

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In this course you will learn how to use Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Basic 2005 to build Windows applications to run on the .NET 2.0 platform.

Course includes 72+ hours of total training time...

  • 16 modules of training
  • Over 24 hours of media run time
  • Over 1100 pages of printable courseware
  • Step-by-step hands-on-labs
  • Sample code
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Visual Basic 2005

 16 CD-ROMs

CD-ROM & Books

 16 CD-ROMs + Printed Books



DVD-ROM & Books

 2 DVD-ROMs + Printed Books

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Course Outline (Outlines are subject to change.)

Visual Basic 2005: Developing Applications

Sessions Run Time Pages
16 24 hours 1100

In this course you will learn how to use Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Basic 2005 to build Windows applications to run on the .NET 2.0 platform. You will become familiar with the Windows Forms and Windows Forms controls, focusing on new Visual Studio 2005 features. You'll see how to use new .NET 2.0 features like Application events and the My namespace. Access data using ADO.NET and its DataTable, DataReader, DataAdapter, and DataSet classes. Take advantage of new Visual Studio 2005 data binding features, and explore the range of controls and components provided by Visual Studio 2005. Build solid applications using structured exception handling, and debug your applications using new Visual Studio 2005 debugging features. Access legacy code in COM components, Win32 APIs using P/Invoke, and remote code in Web Services. Add professional-looking menus and toolbars using the new ToolStrip controls, and add unprecedented flexibility to your user interfaces using the new container controls. Deploy and maintain your application easier than ever before, taking advantage of Click-Once deployment.

In this course you will learn...
  • Learn about the new Windows Forms
  • See the new Application Events
  • Write code easier and faster using the My namespace
  • Understand how to trap Windows Forms events
  • Investigate the latest Windows Forms controls
  • Become familiar with intrinsic .NET data types
  • Learn how to access data using ADO.NET
  • Bind controls to data effortlessly using new data binding features
  • Work with the new debugging features
  • Learn how to work with the Windows file system
  • Learn the role of DataSets and DataTables in ADO.NET
  • Understand error handling using Exception objects
  • Learn how to create data-bound applications
  • Create flexible user interfaces using new container controls
  • See how Visual Basic can access COM components
  • Access remote functionality through Web Services
  • Learn to create MDI applications
  • See how to effectively deploy your Visual Basic applications

Introduction to Windows Forms

  • .NET Does Windows
  • Adding Controls to a Form
  • A Peek behind the Scenes
  • Adding Event Handling Code
  • Adding a Menu to the Form
  • Adding Non-Graphical Components
Taking Advantage of the Form Event Model
  • How Visual Basic Handles Events
  • Exploring Form and Control Events
Common Windows Forms Controls
  • Label, TextBox, and Button
  • CheckBox and RadioButton
  • ComboBox, ListBox, and CheckedListBox
  • LinkLabel, NumericUpdown, PictureBox and ProgressBar
Exception Handling
  • Perspectives on Exception Handling
  • Getting Started with Exception Handling
  • Catching Specific Exceptions
  • Raising Errors
  • Running Code Unconditionally
  • Handling Unhandled Exceptions
  • Creating Exception Classes
Working with Strings and Dates
  • Basic .NET Data Types
  • Working with Text: The String Class
  • Working with Dates and Times
Accessing Data
  • Overview of ADO.NET
  • Connecting to Data
  • Executing Commands
  • Working with Data
  • Choosing an ADO.NET Provider
Data Binding Techniques
  • Data Binding Basics
  • Creating a Data Source
  • Creating Data-Bound Forms
  • Data Binding Components and Controls
  • Displaying Data from Related Tables
  • Displaying Data from Lookup Tables
  • Adding Search Capabilities to a Form
  • Filtering by Values from a Lookup Table
  • Data Validation
  • Working with Local Data
Using the Data Controls
  • Data Controls
  • The BindingNavigator Control
  • The BindingSource Component
  • The DataGridView Control
  • The ReportViewer Control
Handling Input/Output Tasks
  • Introducing the System.IO Namespace
  • Selecting Files
  • Browsing for Folders
  • Handling Path Information
  • Working with Directories and Files
  • Using Stream-Based Objects to Read and Write File Contents
 Project Settings in Visual Studio 2005
  • The Project Designer
  • Application Properties
  • Compilation Properties
  • Debugging Properties
  • Project References
  • Project Resources
  • Project Settings
Working with My Namespace
  • The My Namespace
  • My.Application
  • My.Computer
  • My.User
  • My.Forms
  • My.Resources
  • My.Settings
  • My.WebServices
Debugging Your Applications
  • Debugging Applications
  • Setting Breakpoints and Stepping through Code
  • Debugging Code in Assemblies
  • Evaluating Variables and Objects
  • Edit and Continue
  • Tracing Applications
Container Controls
  • Introducing Container Controls
  • Grouping Controls with the GroupBox Control
  • Introducing the Panel Control
  • Displaying Multiple Panels with the SplitContainer Control
  • Laying out Panels with the TabControl Control
  • Simple Layout Using the FlowLayoutPanel Control
  • Advanced Layout Using the TableLayoutPanel Control
Menus and Toolbars
  • Introducing the ToolStrips
  • Working with the ToolStrips
Creating MDI Applications
  • MDI Applications
  • MDI Parent and Child Forms
  • Managing Open Windows
  • Managing Menus
  • Working with Open Forms
Complex Windows Forms Controls
  • Introducing Complex Controls
  • NotifyIcon Control
  • WebBrowser Control
  • MaskedTextBox Control
  • RichTextBox Control
  • TreeView and ListView Controls
  • MonthCalendar and DateTimePicker Controls
Creating Custom Controls
  • Control Creation in Windows Forms
  • Inheriting from an Existing Control
  • Drawing Your Own Custom Controls
  • Creating Composite Controls
Working with Toolbox Components
  • Introducing Components
  • Timer Component
  • BackgroundWorker Component
  • FileSystemWatcher Component
  • PerformanceCounter Component
  • Process Component
  • ServiceController Component
  • EventLog Component
  • COM and .NET
  • Calling COM Objects from .NET
  • Calling .NET Assemblies from COM
  • Using Platform Invoke
  • Web Services
Deploying Applications Using Click-Once
  • ClickOnce Deployment
  • Publishing an Application
  • Setting Publish Options
  • Updating a Deployed Application
  • What Happens When You Publish an Application?
  • What Happens When You Publish an Update to an Application?
  • ClickOnce and Security
  • Using the Deployment API to Manage Updates

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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 is the author and presenter of some of most popular 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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