Developing Applications


5 Days


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


Before taking this course, students should have a working knowledge of writing code for the .NET Framework, equivalent to our Learning to Program in Visual C# course.



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 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

Accessing Data

  • Overview of ADO.NET
  • Executing Commands
  • Working with Data
  • Choosing an ADO.NET Provider

Introduction to LINQ

  • Language Integrated Query
  • LINQ Syntax
  • LINQ DataSets
  • LINQ to XML
  • Connecting to Data

Data Binding Techniques

  • Creating a Data Source
  • Creating Data-Bound Forms
  • Data Binding Components and Controls
  • Displaying Data from Related Tables
  • Enforcing Referential Integrity
  • Adding Search Capabilities to a Form
  • Filtering by Values from a Lookup Table
  • Validating Data
  • Working with Local Data

Using the Data Controls

  • Data Controls
  • The BindingNavigator Control
  • The BindingSource Component
  • The DataGridView Control
  • The ReportViewer Control

Introduction to WPF

  • Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • Investigating XAML and the WPF Designer
  • Introducing Content and Grid Controls
  • Revisiting WPF
  • Laying Out the Application
  • Creating the MoviePlayer Control
  • Creating a Data Source and Hook up Data Binding
  • Adding a Data Converter and a Data Template

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

  • The Project Designer
  • Application Properties
  • Compilation Properties
  • Debugging Properties
  • Project References
  • Project Resources
  • Project Settings
  • Displaying Data from Lookup Tables

Debugging Your Applications

  • Debugging Applications
  • Setting Breakpoints and Stepping through Code
  • Evaluating Variables and Objects
  • Using the Edit and Continue Feature
  • Debugging Code in Assemblies
  • Testing Code with Unit Tests

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
  • Trace and Instrumenting Applications

Menus and Toolbars

  • Introducing the Strips
  • Working with the Strips

Complex Windows Forms Controls

  • Introducing Complex Controls
  • NotifyIcon Control
  • WebBrowser Control
  • MaskedTextBox Control
  • RichTextBox Control
  • TreeView and ListView Controls
  • MonthCalendar and DateTimePicker Controls


  • Interoperability Overview
  • COM and the .NET Framework
  • Calling COM Objects from .NET
  • Using Platform Invoke
  • Web Services

Deploying Applications Using ClickOnce

  • ClickOnce Deployment
  • Publishing and Application
  • Setting Publish Options
  • Updating a Deployed Application
  • What Happens When You Publish an Application?
  • Deploying Office 2007 Solutions


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

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