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Visual Basic .NET
with Ken Getz, Andy Baron, & Mary Chipman

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Our comprehensive Visual Basic .NET course provides in-depth coverage of Visual Basic .NET features—from fundamental to advanced topics with instruction by industry experts Andy Baron, Mary Chipman, and Ken Getz. This course will get you up to speed on all the VB .NET features and programming requirements including: VB .NET language features, the .NET framework, ADO.NET, object-oriented programming, Windows Forms, XCopy deployment, and much more...

Course includes 78+ hours of total training time...

  • 16 modules of training
  • Over 26 hours of media run time
  • Over 1100 pages of printable courseware
  • Step-by-step hands-on-labs
  • Sample code
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Visual Basic .NET

 16 CD-ROMs

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 16 CD-ROMs + Printed Books



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 1 DVD-ROM + Printed Books

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Course Outline (Outlines are subject to change.)

Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

Sessions Run Time Pages
16 26 hours 1100

In the first part of this course you will learn how to use Visual Studio .NET and Visual Basic .NET to build applications to run on the .NET platform. You will become familiar with the new Visual Basic .NET programming syntax including new object-oriented enhancements like inheritance. This course teaches you how to create Windows Forms and trap Windows Forms Events. You will learn how to access data using the new objects in ADO.NET including the DataReader, DataAdapter, and DataSet. Learn to build solid applications using the new Try/Catch block and Exception Object for efficient error trapping and Event logging and Breakpoints for effective debugging.

Once you have mastered the basics of Visual Basic .NET, you will learn how to access legacy code in COM components through Visual Basic .NET. Understand how to use ADO.NET to manage data through table constraints, data-binding and transactions. Tap into the Internet by building Web-based application and XML Web Services including understanding Microsoft's SOAP toolkit, UDDI, and how to build Web Services consumers. Learn how to leverage the security features in the .NET framework to lock down your application and build powerful reports using Crystal Reports. Deploy your application effortlessly by understanding how to create Windows Installer Packages.

In this course you will...

  • Learn about Windows Forms
  • Get up to speed on the new Visual Basic syntax
  • Understand how to trap Windows Forms events
  • Learn basic object-oriented programming techniques
  • See the latest Windows Forms controls
  • Become familiar with classes for handling string and date data
  • Learn how to access data using ADO.NET
  • Understand how to use inheritance and override members
  • Work with the new VB.NET debugging features
  • Understand error handling using Exception objects
  • Learn how to work with the Windows file system
  • Investigate new .NET data structures
  • Learn the role of DataSets in ADO.NET
  • Understand how to build Windows Services
  • Learn how to create data-bBound application
  • Build XML Web Services
  • See how VB.NET can access COM components
  • Become familiar with ASP.NET and server controls
  • Learn about .NET security
  • Understand how to build reports using Crystal Reports
  • Learn to create MDI applications
  • See how to efficiently deploy your VB.NET applications

SESSION 1 (114:41)

Introduction to Windows Forms 

  • Yes, .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

VB.NET Nuts and Bolts

  • Creating Console Applications 

  • Creating a New Visual Basic.NET Project

  • Modules and Classes

SESSION 2(97:21)

VB.NET Nuts and Bolts (cont.)

  • Variables, Operators, and Data Types 

  • Procedures, Arguments, Looping, and Control Flow

The Windows Forms Event Model

  • How Visual Basic.NET Handles Events 

  • Understanding Delegates 

  • Anatomy of an Event Handler 

  • Exploring Form and Control Events

SESSION 3(99:28)

Classes and Objects

  • Using Objects to Organize a Complex World

  • Defining Classes 

  • Constructing Objects 

  • Creating and Using Properties 

  • Creating and Using Methods 

  • Raising and Handling Events 

  • Finalization

Windows Forms Controls

  • TabControl, Context Menu, TrackBar 

SESSION 4(108:21)

Windows Forms Controls (cont.)

  • TabControl, Context Menu, TrackBar (cont.)

  • NumericUpDown, DomainUpDown 

  • Label, CheckBox, RadioButton 

  • ListBox 

  • Adding Controls Dynamically 

  • Other List Controls 

  • Anchoring and Docking 

  • Using the Splitter Control 

  • Dialog Controls 

SESSION 5(90:03)

Working with Strings and Dates

  • Working with Text: The String Class 

  • Manipulating Text with the StringBuilder Class 

  • Working with Dates and Times 

  • Handling Elapsed Times with the TimeSpan Type 

Exception Handling 

  • Perspectives on Exception Handling 

  • Adding a Simple Try/Catch Block 

  • Using an Exception Object 

  • Catching Specific Exceptions 

  • Using the Throw Keyword 

  • Using the Finally Block 

SESSION 6 (113:15)

Debugging Your Applications 

  • Configuring the Debugging Environment 

  • Debugging Syntax Errors 

  • Configuring Debugging in Visual Studio .NET 

  • Setting Breakpoints and Stepping through Code 

  • Exploring the Debugging Windows 

  • Writing to the Windows Event Log 

Inheritance and Interfaces

  • Object Oriented Programming

  • Supporting Inheritance 

  • Creating a Derived Class 

  • Overriding in Action 

  • Customizing Controls with Inheritance 

SESSION 7 (80:49)

Inheritance and Interfaces (cont.)

  • Using Interfaces 

  • Implementing IComparable to Enable Sorting 

Handling Input/Output Tasks

  • Introducing the System.IO Namespace

  • Selecting Files

  • Handling Path Information 

  • Working with Directories and Files 

  • Reading and Writing Text Files 

SESSION 8 (102:21)

Investigating .NET Data Structures

  • Working with Arrays 

  • Useful System.Array Members 

  • Arrays in the .NET Framework 

  • The ArrayList Class 

  • The HashTable Class 

  • The SortedList Class 

  • The Stack and Queue Classes 

  • Creating Strongly Typed Collections

SESSION 9 (93:39)

Accessing Data

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


  • Using COM Objects in Visual Basic .NET
  • Using Platform Invocation Services

SESSION 10 (107:02)

Interoperability (cont.)

  • Call .NET Assemblies from Visual Basic 6.0

Creating Data-Bound Applications

  • Data Binding Basics
  • Using the Data Form Wizard

Introduction to ASP.NET

  • A Review of Classic ASP
  • ASP.NET Web Applications

SESSION 11 (106:55)

Introduction to ASP.NET (cont.)

  • Rendering HTML with Server Controls

Managing Data with ADO.NET DataSets

  • The Role of DataSets in ADO.NET
  • Using DataSets in ASP.NET
  • Saving DataSets in Session State
  • Using DataTable Constraints and DataSet DataRelations
  • Using DataSets with DataAdapters to Modify Data

SESSION 12 (107:04)

Managing Data with ADO.NET DataSets (cont.)

  • Using DataSets with DataAdapters to Modify Data (cont.)
  • The Transactional Model in DataSets
  • DataSets and XML
  • Typed DataSets

Creating Reports Using Crystal Reports

  • Introducing Crystal Reports
  • Creating a Simple Report

SESSION 13 (95:59)

Creating Reports Using Crystal Reports (cont.)

  • Using Custom Formulas
  • Add Custom Grouping and Totals
  • Filtering the Report

Creating Windows Services

  • Introducing Windows Services
  • Building Your First Windows Service
  • The FileWatcher Service

Creating and Consuming XML Web Services

  • The Motivation for XML Web Services
  • Creating an XML Web Service with Visual Studio .NET
  • Designing XML Web Services

SESSION 14 (105:03)

Creating and Consuming XML Web Services (cont.)

  • Creating .NET Consumers
  • Web Services and Legacy Clients
  • Discovering Web Services Using UDDI

Data Binding Techniques

  • Synchronizing Multiple DataGrid Controls
  • Formatting a DataGrid Control
  • Limit Editing in a DataGrid
  • Working with the ListBox Control
  • Working with Binary Data


  • Overview of Security in .NET
  • Permission Requests

SESSION 15 (100:34)

Security (cont.)

  • Using Role-Based Security

Multiple Document Interfaces (MDI) and Graphics (GDI+)

  • Creating MDI Applications
  • The Scribble Application

SESSION 16 (106:58)

Multiple Document Interfaces (MDI) and Graphics (GDI+) (cont.)

  • Drawing on Forms
  • Creating Transparent Areas in Forms
  • Creating Shaped Forms


  • Deployment Concepts
  • Simple Deployment
  • Windows Installer Deployment
  • Deploying Shared Components
  • HTTP Deployment

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Your Instructor

Andy Baron, Mary Chipman, and Ken Getz are all Senior Consultants with MCW Technologies, a Microsoft Solution Provider. All have been Microsoft MVPs since 1995. When not creating applications for clients, Andy, Mary, and Ken write articles for technical journals such as MSDN, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, asp.netPRO, Access-VB-SQL Advisor, MsOfficePro, and SQL Server Magazine, and have written over 10 technical books on various development topics. All three authors speak regularly at industry conferences, including Microsoft's Tech-Ed and DevDays, DevConnections, VBITS, and Advisor Devcon.

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