Exam 70-526:

TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Windows-Based Client Development

Published:April 27, 2006
Language(s):English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified)
Audience(s):Developers
Technology:Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Type:Proctored Exam

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  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2005
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2005
Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam work on a team in a medium-sized or large development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Developer or Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Candidates should have at least one year of experience developing Windows-based applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Visual Studio 2005.
Credit Toward CertificationExam 70-526: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Windows-Based Client Development: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
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Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Creating a UI for a Windows Forms application by using standard controls
  • Add and configure a Windows Form.
    • Add a Windows Form to a project at design time.
    • Configure a Windows Form to control accessibility, appearance, behavior, configuration, data, design, focus, layout, style, and other functionality.
  • Manage control layout on a Windows Form.
    • Group and arrange controls by using the Panel control, GroupBox control, TabControl control, FlowLayoutPanel control, and TableLayoutPanel control.
    • Use the SplitContainer control to create dynamic container areas.
  • Add and configure a Windows Forms control.
    • Create and configure text display controls on a Windows Form.
    • Use the integrated development environment (IDE) to add a control to a Windows Form or other container control of a project at design time.
    • Add controls to a Windows Form at run time.
    • Configure controls on a Windows Form at design time to optimize the UI.
    • Modify control properties.
    • Configure controls on a Windows Form at run time to ensure that the UI complies with best practices.
    • Configure a WebBrowser control.
    • Add and configure date-setting controls on a Windows Form.
    • Display images by using Windows Forms controls.
    • Configure the NotifyIcon component.
    • Create access keys for Windows Forms controls.
    • Create and configure command controls on a Windows Form.
    • Use the LinkLabel control to add Web-style links to Windows Forms applications.
    • Provide a list of options on a Windows Form by using a ListBox control, a ComboBox control, or a CheckedListBox control.
    • Configure the layout and functionality of a Windows Form to display a list of items.
    • Implement value-setting controls on a Windows Form.
    • Create and configure text edit controls on a Windows Form.
  • Create and configure menus.
    • Create and configure a MenuStrip component on a Windows Form.
    • Change the displayed menu structure programmatically.
    • Create and configure the ContextMenuStrip component on a Windows Form.
  • Create event handlers for Windows Forms and controls.
    • Use the Windows Forms Designer to create event handlers.
    • Manage mouse and keyboard events within Windows Forms applications.
    • Program a Windows Forms application to recognize modifier keys.
    • Use the Windows Forms Designer to create default event handlers.
    • Create event handlers at run time to respond to system or user events dynamically.
    • Connect multiple events to a single event handler.
    • Use the Code Editor to override methods defined in the base class.
Integrating data in a Windows Forms application
  • Implement data-bound controls.
    • Navigate forward and backward through records in a DataSet in Windows Forms.
    • Define a data source by using a DataConnector component.
    • Create data forms by using the Data Source Configuration Wizard.
    • Use the DataGridView control to display and update the tabular data contained in a data source.
    • Use a simple data-bound control to display a single data element on a Windows Form.
    • Implement complex data binding to integrate data from multiple sources.
  • Manage connections and transactions.
    • Protect access to data source connection details.
    • Create a connection designed for reuse in a connection pool.
    • Connect to a database by using specific database Connection objects.
    • Enumerate through instances of Microsoft SQL Server.
    • Open an ADO.NET connection to a database.
    • Close an ADO.NET connection to a database by using the Close method of the Connection object.
    • Handle exceptions when connecting to a database.
    • Perform transactions by using the Transaction object.
    • Control a connection pool by configuring ConnectionString values based on database type.
    • Use the Connection events to detect database information.
    • Configure a connection to a database by using the Connection Wizard.
    • Configure a connection to a database by using Server Explorer.
    • Configure a connection to a database by using the Connection class.
  • Create, add, delete, and edit data in a connected environment.
    • Perform database operations by using a Command object.
    • Retrieve data from a database by using a Command object.
    • Perform asynchronous operations by using a Command object.
    • Perform bulk copy operations.
    • Store and retrieve binary large object (BLOB) data types in a database.
    • Retrieve data by using a DataReader object.
    • Build SQL commands in Server Explorer.
    • Build SQL commands in code.
    • Create parameters for a Command object.
  • Create, add, delete, and edit data in a disconnected environment.
    • Represent data in a DataSet by using XML.
    • Use the OleDbDataAdapter object to access an ADO Recordset or Record.
    • Generate DataAdapter commands automatically by using the CommandBuilder object.
    • Generate DataAdapter commands programmatically.
    • Populate a DataSet by using a DataAdapter.
    • Update a database by using a DataAdapter.
    • Resolve conflicts between a DataSet and a database by using a DataAdapter.
    • Respond to changes made to data at the data source by using DataAdapter events.
    • Perform batch operations by using DataAdapters.
    • Create a DataSet graphically.
    • Create a DataSet programmatically.
    • Add a DataTable to a DataSet.
    • Add a relationship between tables within a DataSet.
    • Navigate a relationship between tables.
    • Merge DataSet contents.
    • Copy DataSet contents.
    • Create a typed DataSet.
    • Create DataTables.
    • Manage data within a DataTable.
    • Create and use DataViews.
  • Manage XML with the XML Document Object Model (DOM).
    • Read XML data into the DOM.
    • Modify an XML document by adding and removing nodes.
    • Modify nodes within an XML document.
    • Write data in XML format from the DOM.
    • Work with nodes in the XML DOM.
    • Handle DOM events.
    • Modify the XML declaration.
  • Read, write, and validate XML by using the XmlReader class and the XmlWriter class.
    • Read XML data by using the XmlReader class.
    • Read all XML element and attribute content.
    • Read specific element and attribute content.
    • Read XML data by using the XmlTextReader class.
    • Read node trees by using the XmlNodeReader class.
    • Validate XML data by using the XmlValidatingReader class.
    • Write XML data by using the XmlWriter class.
Implementing printing and reporting functionality in a Windows Forms application
  • Manage the print process by using print dialogs.
    • Configure Windows Forms print options at run time.
    • Change the printers attached to a user's computer in Windows Forms.
    • Configure the PrintPreviewDialog control.
    • Display a Print Preview window in Windows applications.
    • Set page details for printing by using the PageSetupDialog component.
  • Construct print documents.
    • Configure the PrintDocument component.
    • Print a text document in a Windows Form.
    • Print graphics in a Windows Form.
    • Print a document by using the PrintDialog component.
    • Alert users to the completion of a print job.
    • Enable security for printing in Windows Forms.
  • Create a customized PrintPreview component.
    • Set the StartPage property to establish which document page is displayed when the document preview appears.
    • Set additional properties.
    • Add custom methods and events to a PrintPreviewControl.
    • Set the Document property to establish the document to be previewed.
    • Set the Columns and Rows properties to establish the number of pages that will be displayed horizontally and vertically on the control.
    • Set the UseAntiAlias property to True to make the text appear smoother.
    • Set the Zoom property to establish the relative zoom level when the document preview appears.
Enhancing usability
  • Perform drag-and-drop operations.
    • Perform drag-and-drop operations within a Windows Forms application.
    • Perform drag-and-drop operations between applications.
    • Perform a drag-and-drop operation by using a TreeView control.
  • Implement globalization and localization for a Windows Forms application.
    • Implement globalization and localization within a Windows Forms application.
  • Implement accessibility features.
    • Implement accessibility features within a Windows Forms application.
  • Create and configure multiple-document interface (MDI) forms.
    • Create MDI parent forms.
    • Create MDI child forms.
    • Identify the active MDI child form.
    • Send data to the active MDI child form.
    • Arrange MDI child forms.
    • Create a window-list menu for an MDI application.
  • Create, configure, and customize user assistance controls and components.
    • Configure the PropertyGrid component.
    • Configure the ProgressBar control to indicate progress graphically.
    • Display status information by using the StatusStrip control.
    • Configure the ToolTip component.
    • Configure the ErrorProvider component.
    • Configure the HelpProvider component.
    • Play system sounds and audio files by using the SoundPlayer.
    • Configure the Timer component to raise an event at regular intervals.
    • Enable scrolling by using the HScrollBar and VScrollBar controls.
  • Persist Windows Forms application settings between sessions.
Implementing asynchronous programming techniques to improve the user experience
  • Manage a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
    • Run a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
    • Announce the completion of a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
    • Cancel a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
    • Report the progress of a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
    • Request the status of a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
  • Implement an asynchronous method.
    • Implement advanced asynchronous techniques.
    • Create an asynchronous method.
    • Create a new process thread.
Developing Windows Forms controls
  • Create a composite Windows Forms control.
    • Create a composite Windows Forms control.
    • Create properties, methods, and events for Windows Forms controls.
    • Expose properties of constituent controls.
    • Create and use custom dialog boxes in Windows Forms applications.
    • Customize a control to paint and render.
    • Configure a control to be invisible at run time.
    • Configure a control to have a transparent background.
    • Provide a Toolbox bitmap for a control.
  • Create a custom Windows Forms control by inheriting from the control class.
    • Create a custom control by inheriting from the control class.
  • Create an extended control by inheriting from an existing Windows Forms control.
    • Create an extended control by inheriting from an existing Windows Forms control.
Configuring and deploying applications
  • Configure the installation of a Windows Forms application by using ClickOnce technology.
    • Install a Windows Forms application on a client computer by using ClickOnce deployment.
    • Install a Windows Forms application from a server by using ClickOnce deployment.
    • Configure the required permissions of an application by using ClickOnce deployment.
  • Create a Windows Forms setup application.
    • Configure conditional installation based on operating system versions.
    • Configure a setup project to deploy the .NET Framework.
    • Create a Windows Forms application setup project.
    • Set deployment project properties.
    • Configure a setup project to add icons during setup.
  • Add functionality to a Windows Forms setup application.
    • Add a custom action to a setup project.
    • Add error-handling code to a setup project for custom actions.
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