5 days


Exeter – Devon, Bristol, Gloucester or onsite at your premise.


A good general programming background is required. Some knowledge of object-oriented programming is helpful. No previous experience of Visual Studio is required.



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 C# 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

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 Resource
  • Project Settings
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Courseware and manual, certificate of achievement, refreshments and lunch are all included in this course.

To book

For more information or to book onto our Creating Windows Applications training course please contact us on 01392 824 022 or email

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