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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio.NET in 21 Days [Paperback]

Jason Beres
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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Q&A, Quiz, and Exercises.)



Day 1. Introduction to the Microsoft .NET Framework.

What Is .NET? Windows of the Past. The Common Language Runtime. Understanding the Common Language Specification. Understanding the Common Type System. Handling Memory and Garbage. The .NET Framework Class Library. .NET Servers and the Future of .NET.

Day 2. Introduction to Visual Studio .NET.

Introducing the Start Page. Using Dynamic Help. The New Projects Dialog. Exploring the Visual Studio .NET IDE. Using the Project Menu. Using the Build Menu. Managing Code Windows and Designers. Getting the Right Toolbars. Customizing Your Environment.

Day 3. Writing Windows Forms Applications.

Hello .NET! Understanding Windows Forms. Working with Controls Dynamically in Code. Using Menus and MDI Forms. Using Inheritance in Windows Forms. Using Common Dialog Controls. More About Controls. Making Your Forms Look Pretty. Advanced Windows Forms.

Day 4. Deploying Windows Forms Applications.

Introduction to Application Deployment. Introduction to the Microsoft Windows Installer Service. Understanding the Deployment Projects Templates. Creating a Windows Installer Package. Adding Merge Modules to Your Setup.

Day 5. Writing ASP.NET Applications.

Introduction to ASP.NET. Hello ASP.NET! Using Validation Controls. Managing State in ASP.NET Web Applications. Understanding the Web.Config File.

Day 6. Deploying ASP.NET Applications.

Introduction to ASP.NET Deployment. Creating an ASP.NET Application for Deployment. Deploying ASP.NET Applications Using Copy Project. Deploying ASP.NET Applications Using Copy. Deploying ASP.NET Applications with Windows Installer.

Day 7. Exceptions, Debugging, and Tracing.

Why Errors Happen. Understanding Exceptions in .NET. Using Structured Exception Handling. Using Visual Studio .NET to Debug Applications.

Week 1. In Review.


Day 8. Core Language Concepts in Visual Basic .NET and C#.

Languages in the .NET Framework. Understanding CLS Data Types in Visual Basic .NET and C#. Declaring Variables in Visual Basic .NET and C#. Understanding Operators. Using Decision Structures.

Day 9. Using Namespaces in .NET.

What Are Namespaces? Finding the Information You Need About Namespaces. Using Namespaces in Your Applications. Working with Your Environment. Working with Files and Directories.

Day 10. Accessing Data with ADO.NET.

Looking Inside ADO.NET. Connecting to a Database. Using the Command Object and DataReaders. Using Windows Controls with DataReaders and Command Objects. Using DataAdapters and DataSets. Using Databinding with DataSets. Binding to a DataGrid Control.

Day 11. Understanding Visual Database Tools.

Managing Databases with the Server Explorer. Building Data-Driven Forms with the Server Explorer. Using the DataForm Wizard to Create Data Entry Forms. Understanding Databinding.

Day 12. Accessing XML in .NET.

What Is XML? XML in .NET. Using the XML and Schema Designers. Reading and Writing XML Files.

Day 13. XML Web Services in .NET.

What Are XML Web Services? Creating Your First Web Service. Consuming XML Web Services.

Day 14. Components and .NET.

Introduction to Components. Understanding the Component Types. Creating a Class Library Application. Interoperating with Unmanaged Code.

Week 2. In Review.


Day 15. Writing International Applications.

Introduction to Globalization. Using the CultureInfo Class. Writing the Culture Info Browser Application. Managing Resource Files with Visual Studio .NET.

Day 16. Using Macros in Visual Studio .NET.

Introducing Extensibility. Introducing Macros in Visual Studio .NET. Using the Macro Explorer. Recording a Macro. Using the Macros IDE. Examining the Macro Recorder Code. Creating a Macros Toolbar. More Cool Macro Ideas.

Day 17. Automating Visual Studio .NET.

Introducing Add-ins. Creating Your First Add-in. Understanding the Life Cycle of an Add-in. Writing Your First Add-in. Taking the Next Step with Add-ins.

Day 18. Using Crystal Reports.

Why Use Crystal Reports? Creating a Windows Forms Report. Using the Windows Forms Report Viewer. How to Programmatically Load a Report. Printing a Report Without the Viewer Control. Exporting a Report Programmatically. Viewing Reports in Web Forms.

Day 19. Understanding Microsoft Application Center Test.

Introduction to Application Center Test. Understanding ACT Projects, Users, Tests, and Connections. Using the ACT Standalone Application. Walking Through the ACT Script. Understanding the ACT Test Results.

Day 20. Using Visual SourceSafe.

Introducing Visual SourceSafe. Installing VSS. Using the Visual SourceSafe Administrator. Using the Visual SourceSafe Explorer. Creating Your First VSS Project. Using the Integrated SourceSafe Tools in Visual Studio .NET. Viewing the History of a File in SourceSafe. Opening an Existing SourceSafe Project. Adding New Project Items or Projects. Renaming Projects or Project Items.

Day 21. Object Role Modeling with Visio.

Introducing Object Role Modeling. Using Visio to Create an ORM Model. Adding ORM Facts to the Data Model. Creating a Database Diagram from the Conceptual Model.

Week 3. In Review.

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