Programming in C# with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Introduction

This training course teaches developers the programming skills that are required for them to create Windows applications using the C# language. During their five days in the classroom participants review the basics of C# program structure, language syntax, and implementation details, and then consolidate their knowledge throughout the week as they build an application that incorporates several features of the .NET Framework 4.5.

The course introduces many of the techniques and technologies employed by modern desktop and enterprise applications, including:

  • Building new data types
  • Handling events
  • Programming the user interface
  • Accessing a database
  • Using remote data
  • Performing operations asynchronously
  • Integrating with unmanaged code
  • Creating custom attributes
  • Encrypting and decrypting data

At the end of the course, students should leave the class with a solid knowledge of C# and how to use it to develop .NET Framework 4.5 applications. This course uses Visual Studio 2012, running on Windows 8.

Audience

This course is intended for experienced developers who already have programming experience in C, C++, JavaScript, Objective-C, Microsoft Visual Basic, or Java and understand the concepts of object-oriented programming.

 

Prerequisites

Before attending this courses, participants should know:

  • How to name, declare, initialize and assign values to variables within an application
  • How to use arithmetic operators to perform arithmetic calculations involving one or more variables
  • How to use relational operators to test the relationship between two variables or expressions
  • How to use logical operators to combine expressions that contain relational operators
  • How to create the code syntax for simple programming statements using C# language keywords and recognize syntax errors using the Visual Studio IDE
  • How to create a simple branching structure using an IF statement
  • How to create a simple looping structure using a For statement to iterate through a data array
  • How to use the Visual Studio IDE to locate simple logic errors
  • How to create a Function that accepts arguments (parameters and returns a value of a specified type
  • How to design and build a simple user interface using standard controls from the Visual Studio toolbox
  • How to connect to a SQL Server database and the basics of how to retrieve and store data
  • How to sort data in a loop
  • How to recognize the classes and methods used in a program

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
 
  • Describe the core syntax and features of C#
  • Create and call methods, catch and handle exceptions, and describe the monitoring requirements of large-scale applications
  • Implement the basic structure and essential elements of a typical desktop application
  • Create classes, define and implement interfaces, and create and use generic collections
  • Use inheritance to create a class hierarchy, extend a .NET Framework class, and create generic classes and methods
  • Read and write data by using file input/output and streams, and serialize and deserialize data in different formats
  • Create and use an entity data model for accessing a database and use LINQ to query and update data
  • Use the types in the System.Net namespace and WCF Data Services to access and query remote data
  • Build a graphical user interface by using XAML
  • Improve the throughput and response time of applications by using tasks and asynchronous operations
  • Integrate unmanaged libraries and dynamic components into a C# application
  • Examine the metadata of types by using reflection, create and use custom attributes, generate code at runtime, and manage assembly versions
  • Encrypt and decrypt data by using symmetric and asymmetric encryption

Exams

This course prepares to the exam 70-483

Course outline

Module 1: Review of C# Syntax

This module reviews the core syntax and features of the C# programming language. It also provides an introduction to the Visual Studio 2012 debugger.

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Writing Applications using C#
  • Lesson 2: Datatypes, Operators, and Expressions
  • Lesson 3: C# Programming Language Constructs

Module 2: Creating Methods, Handling Exceptions, and Monitoring Applications


This module explains how to create and call methods, catch and handle exceptions. This module also describes the monitoring requirements of large-scale applications.
  • Lesson 1: Creating and Invoking Methods
  • Lesson 2: Creating Overloaded Methods and Using Optional and Output Parameters
  • Lesson 3: Handling Exceptions
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring Applications

Module 3: Developing the Code for a Graphical Application

This module describes how to implement the basic structure and essential elements of a typical desktop application, including using structures and enumerations, collections, and events.
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Structs and Enums
  • Lesson 2: Organizing Data into Collections
  • Lesson 3: Handling Events

Module 4: Creating Classes and Implementing Type-safe Collections


This module explains how to create classes, define and implement interfaces, and create and use generic collections. This module also describes the differences between value types and reference types in C#.
  • Lesson 1: Creating Classes
  • Lesson 2: Defining and Implementing Interfaces
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Type-safe Collections

Module 5: Creating a Class Hierarchy by Using Inheritance


This module explains how to use inheritance to create a class hierarchy and extend a .NET Framework class. This module also describes how to create generic classes and define extension methods.
  • Lesson 1: Creating Class Hierarchies
  • Lesson 2: Extending .NET Framework Classes
  • Lesson 3: Creating Generic Types
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Define abstract classes and inherit from base classes to create a class hierarchy
  • Inherit from .NET Framework classes and use extension methods to add custom functionality to the inherited class
  • Create generic classes and methods
Module 6: Reading and Writing Local Data

This module explains how to read and write data by using file input/output (I/O) and streams, and how to serialize and deserialize data in different formats.

  • Lesson 1: Reading and Writing Files
  • Lesson 2: Serializing and Deserializing Data
  • Lesson 3: Performing I/O Using Streams

Module 7: Accessing a Database


This module explains how to create and use an entity data model for accessing a database, and how to use LINQ to query and update data.
  • Lesson 1: Creating and Using Entity Data Models
  • Lesson 2: Querying Data by Using LINQ
  • Lesson 3: Updating Data by Using LINQ

Module 8: Accessing Remote Data


This module explains how to use the types in the System.Net namespace, and WCF Data Services, to query and modify remote data.
  • Lesson1: Accessing Data Across the Web
  • Lesson 2: Accessing Data in the Cloud

Module 9: Designing the User Interface for a Graphical Application


This module explains how to build and style a graphical user interface by using XAML. This module also describes how to display data in a user interface by using data binding.
  • Lesson 1: Using XAML to Design a User Interface
  • Lesson 2: Binding Controls to Data
  • Lesson 3: Styling a User Interface

Module 10: Improving Application Performance and Responsiveness


This module explains how to improve the throughput and response time of applications by using tasks and asynchronous operations.
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Multitasking by using Tasks and Lambda Expressions
  • Lesson 2: Performing Operations Asynchronously
  • Lesson 3: Synchronizing Concurrent Access to Data

Module 11: Integrating with Unmanaged Code


This module explains how to integrate unmanaged libraries and dynamic components into a C# application. This module also describes how to control the lifetime of unmanaged resources.
  • Lesson 1: Creating and Using Dynamic Objects
  • Lesson 2: Managing the Lifetime of Objects and Controlling Unmanaged Resources

Module 12: Creating Reusable Types and Assemblies


This module explains how to examine the metadata of types by using reflection, create and use custom attributes, generate managed code at runtime, and manage different versions of assemblies.
  • Lesson 1: Examining Object Metadata
  • Lesson 2: Creating and Using Custom Attributes
  • Lesson 3: Generating Managed Code
  • Lesson 4: Versioning, Signing and Deploying Assemblies

Module 13: Encrypting and Decrypting Data


This module explains how to encrypt and decrypt data by using symmetric and asymmetric encryption.
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Symmetric Encryption
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Asymmetric Encryption

Documentation

Official courseware

Cursus de certification

Examen 70-480 ou Examen 70-483 + Examen 70-486 = MCSA: Web Applications

Lab

  • Lab 1: Developing the Class Enrolment Application
  • Lab 2: Extending the Class Enrolment Application Functionality
  • Lab 3: Writing the Code for the Grades Prototype Application
  • Lab 4: Adding Data Validation and Type-safety to the Grades Application
  • Lab 5: Refactoring Common Functionality into the User Class
  • Lab 6: Generating the Grades Report
  • Lab 7: Retrieving and Modifying Grade Data
  • Lab 8: Retrieving and Modifying Grade Data in the Cloud
  • Lab 9: Customizing Student Photographs and Styling the Application
  • Lab 10: Improving the Responsiveness and Performance of the Application
  • Lab 11: Upgrading the Grades Report
  • Lab 12: Specifying the Data to Include in the Grades Report
  • Lab 13: Encrypting and Decrypting Grades Reports

Formations complémentaires

  • ASP.NET MVC 4 (MS20486)
  • Windows Azure & Web ServicesMS20487)