Workshop 2546B:

Core Windows Forms Technologies with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

Length:3 Days
Published:April 03, 2006
Language(s):English
Audience(s):Developers
Level:200
Technology:Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Type:Workshop
Delivery Method:Instructor-led (classroom)
About This Workshop
Elements of this syllabus are subject to change.
This three-day instructor-led workshop provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop Microsoft( Windows( Forms applications using Microsoft Visual Studio( 2005. The workshop focuses on user interfaces, program structure, and implementation details.
Audience Profile
This workshop is intended for corporate or independent software vendor (ISV) application developers who have a desire to learn more about specific technology areas in Windows application development.
At Workshop Completion
After completing this workshop, students will be able to:
  • Create a simple Windows Forms application.
  • Configure standard controls.
  • Build menus.
  • Display and edit data by using data-bound controls.
  • Provide user assistance and enhance usability.
  • Create consistent applications by using dialogs and forms inheritance.
  • Add print and report functionality to a Windows Forms application.
  • Perform asynchronous tasks by using the BackgroundWorker component.
  • Deploy a Windows Forms application by using ClickOnce.
Workshop OutlineSession 1: Unit 1: Creating a Simple Windows Forms Application
This unit introduces the fundamental skills required to create a simple Windows Forms application. It explains how to configure form properties and how to add controls to a form. It also deals with events and explains how to create event handlers at design time and run time.
Lessons
  • Components of a Windows Forms User Interface
  • Event Handling in a Windows Forms Application
Lab : Creating a Simple Windows Forms Application
  • Adding and Configuring Windows Forms and Controls
  • Creating Event Handlers and Monitoring Events
  • Adding Controls and Handlers at Run Time
  • Adding a Form Keyboard Handler (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the various components of a Windows Forms application.
  • Explain how to handle events in a Windows Forms application.
  • Add and configure Windows Forms and controls.
  • Create event handlers and monitor events.
  • Add controls and handlers to a form at run time.
Session 2: Unit 2: Configuring Standard Controls
This unit introduces many of the controls from the Visual Studio Toolbox. It teaches how to add and configure these controls and explains how to group them into different categories by function.
Lessons
  • Windows Forms Controls by Function
Lab : Configuring Standard Controls
  • Creating the EmployeeViewer Form
  • Creating the ReportGenerator Form
  • Creating the ReportGeneratorHelp Form
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the functions of the major categories of Windows Forms controls.
  • Create a form to select and view images by using the SplitContainer, TreeView, PictureBox, ToolStrip, and other controls.
  • Create a form to specify report criteria by using the TableLayoutPanel, ListView, MonthCalendar, ComboBox, and other controls.
  • Create a form to view a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Help file by using a WebBrowser control.
Session 3: Unit 3: Building Menus
This unit introduces the MenuStrip control and the ContextMenuStrip component. It explains how to create and configure form menus and context menus in an application. It also deals with the ToolStripItems that can be added to the container of a MenuStrip or ContextMenuStrip.
Lessons
  • Menus in Windows Forms
Lab : Building Menus
  • Creating and Configuring a MenuStrip Control
  • Creating and Configuring a ContextMenuStrip Component
  • Creating and Configuring a ContextMenuStrip Component
  • Creating and Configuring a ToolStripComboBox (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the structure of a menu in a Windows Forms application.
  • Create and configure a MenuStrip control.
  • Create and configure a ContextMenuStrip component.
  • Hide and disable a ToolStripMenuItem.
  • Apply best practices for menu design and development.
Session 4: Unit 4: Displaying and Editing Data by Using Data-Bound Controls
This unit introduces the controls that can be used to display data from a data source. It shows how to use Visual Studio 2005 to create data sources and add data-bound controls to a form. It also demonstrates how to use the DataGridView control to display and update data retrieved by using a data source.
Lessons
  • Binding Data to a Control
  • DataGridView Control
Lab : Displaying and Editing Data by Using Data-Bound Controls
  • Adding a Data Source to a Project
  • Binding Data to a Control
  • Creating a Bound Form by Using the BindingSource and BindingNavigator Components
  • Displaying Data by Using the DataGridView Control
  • Binding to Data at Run Time (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain simple and complex data binding.
  • Describe the scenarios in which the DataGridView control is used.
  • Add a data source to a project.
  • Bind data to a control at run time.
  • Use the BindingSource component and BindingNavigator control to create a data-bound Windows Form.
  • Use the DataGridView control to display and update tabular data from a data source.
Session 5: Unit 5: Providing User Assistance and Enhancing Usability
This unit introduces many of the controls and techniques that can be used to create an application that is flexible and intuitive and that provides timely feedback to the user. It shows how to add and configure the available user assistance controls to provide ToolTips, Help, and information about errors. It also describes the accessibility features of Windows Forms and explains how to implement globalization and localization in an application.
Lessons
  • Providing User Assistance
  • Implementing Accessibility Features
  • Implementing Globalization and Localization
Lab : Providing User Assistance and Enhancing Usability
  • Adding and Configuring User Assistance Controls
  • Implementing Accessibility Features
  • Implementing Globalization and Localization
  • Running a Procedure at Set Intervals (if time permits)
  • Displaying Data Source Errors (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the components that can be used to provide user assistance.
  • Add and configure user assistance controls on a Windows Form.
  • Explain the accessibility features available to implement in a Windows Forms application.
  • Implement accessibility features within a Windows Forms application.
  • Explain the high-level processes involved in globalization and localization in a Windows Forms application.
  • Implement globalization and localization in a Windows Form.
Session 6: Unit 6: Creating Consistent Applications by Using Dialog Boxes and Forms Inheritance
This unit introduces the built-in dialog boxes that can be used to prompt users when they are performing common tasks and to provide users with a familiar interface. It explains how to add and configure dialog boxes that enable users to open and save files and to set font and color properties. This unit also explains how to create and use a custom dialog box. In addition, this unit explains the concept of forms inheritance and describes how to create a consistent interface for Windows Forms applications.
Lessons
  • Dialog Boxes in a Windows Forms Application
  • Windows Forms Inheritance
Lab : Creating Consistent Applications by Using Dialog Boxes and Forms Inheritance
  • Adding and Configuring Dialog Box Components
  • Creating a Custom Dialog Box
  • Implementing Windows Forms Inheritance
  • Modifying an Existing Form to Inherit from a Base Form (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the various standard preconfigured dialog boxes available to a Windows Forms application.
  • Explain the concept of Windows Forms inheritance and the reasons for using inheritance.
  • Add and configure dialog box controls on a Windows Form.
  • Create a custom dialog box.
  • Implement Windows Forms inheritance.
Session 7: Unit 7: Printing Content and Creating Reports
This unit provides an introduction to the components that can be used to preview and print reports from a Windows Forms application. This unit covers the predefined dialog boxes that simplify the processes involved, and it explains how to use these dialog boxes to retrieve print settings and page setup options from the user.
 
In addition, this unit explains how to display a report in a Windows Forms application by using the CrystalReportViewer component.
Lessons
  • Printing in a Windows Forms Application
  • Reporting in a Windows Forms Application
Lab : Printing Content and Creating Reports
  • Adding Print Capability to a Windows Forms Application
  • Implementing Reporting by Using the CrystalReportViewer Component
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to print a report in a Windows Forms application.
  • Describe how to create and view reports in a Windows Forms application.
  • Use the components provided with Visual Studio 2005 to add print capability to a Windows Forms application.
  • Display a Crystal report by using the CrystalReportViewer component.
Session 8: Unit 8: Performing Asynchronous Tasks by Using the BackgroundWorker Component
This unit introduces the main concepts of asynchronous programming and then focuses on the BackgroundWorker component. It explains how to work with the methods and events of the BackgroundWorker component to add asynchronous functionality to a Windows Forms application.
Lessons
  • Asynchronous Tasks in Windows Forms Applications
Lab : Performing Asynchronous Tasks by Using the BackgroundWorker Component
  • Running and Canceling a Background Process by Using the BackgroundWorker Component
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the concepts and processes involved in asynchronous programming.
  • Run and cancel a background process by using the BackgroundWorker component.
  • Describe best practices for using the BackgroundWorker component.
Session 9: Unit 9: Deploying Applications by Using ClickOnce
This unit explains how to deploy a Windows Forms application by using ClickOnce. It covers the steps required to prepare, publish, install, and test an application. Finally, this unit explains how to update an application and how to use the automatic update feature of ClickOnce.
Lessons
  • Windows Forms Application Deployment Options
  • ClickOnce Technology Overview
Lab : Deploying Applications by Using ClickOnce
  • Publishing a ClickOnce Application
  • Installing and Testing a ClickOnce Application
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the options for deploying a Windows Forms application.
  • Explain the key concepts of ClickOnce technology.
  • Publish a ClickOnce application.
  • Install and test a ClickOnce application.
  • Describe best practices for using ClickOnce deployment.
Before attending this workshop, students must:
  • Be able to manage a solution environment using the Visual Studio 2005 integrated development environment (IDE) and tools
  • Understand Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and the Common Language Runtime
  • Be able to program an application using a .NET Framework 2.0 compliant language
  • Know how to make assemblies available to other applications
  • Have a basic understanding of XML, including XML declaration, elements, attributes, and namespaces.
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