M2956: Core Foundations of Microsoft .NET 2.0 Development

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This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the enabling knowledge and skills required to create Microsoft .NET Applications with Visual Studio 2005. Students learn how to develop advanced .NET applications.


After completing this course, students will gain the skills to:

  •  Develop applications that use system types and collections.
  •  Implement service processes, threading, and application domains in a .NET Framework application.
  •  Embed configuration, diagnostic, management, and installation features into a .NET Framework application.
  •  Implement serialization and input/output functionality in a .NET Framework application.

Target Audience

The audience for this course consists of Application Developers with the skills to develop business applications by using Visual Studio 2005 with either Visual Basic .NET or Visual C#.

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Implementing System Types and Interfaces (3 topics)

  • Examining Primary System Types
  • Working with Special System Types
  • Working with Interfaces

Implementing Collections and Generics (5 topics)

  • Examining Collections and Collection Interfaces
  • Working with Primary Collection Types
  • Working with Generic Collections
  • Working with Specialized Collections
  • Working with Collection Base Classes

Configuring and Installing Assemblies (5 topics)

  • Working with an Assembly
  • Sharing an Assembly by Using the Global Assembly Cache
  • Installing an Assembly by Using Installation Types
  • Configuring an Assembly by Using Configuration Type
  • Performing Installation Tasks

Monitoring and Debugging Applications (6 topics)

  • Managing an Event Log
  • Working with Application Processes
  • Managing Application Performance
  • Debugging Applications
  • Tracing Applications
  • Embedding Management Information and Events

Reading and Writing Files (6 topics)

  • Managing the File System
  • Working with Byte Streams
  • Compressing and Protecting Stream Information
  • Managing Application Data
  • Manipulating Strings Efficiently
  • Working with Regular Expressions

Serializing Data (3 topics)

  • Generating Serialized Binary and Soap Formats
  • Generating Serialized XML Formats
  • Creating Custom Serialization Classes

Implementing Delegates and Events (2 topics)

  • Controlling Interaction Between Components by Using Delegates
  • Controlling Interaction Between Components by Using Events


Before attending this course, students must be able to: - Understand the purpose and components of the .NET 2.0 Framework and the Common Language Runtime. - Understand the components of typical .NET 2.0 applications. - Understand and use .NET Framework 2.0 Common Type System (CTS) and how to use variable types including dates/times, numbers, strings, objects and arrays. - Use basic file IO classes from the Framework such as StreamReader, StreamWriter, Directory, DirectoryInfo, File and FileInfo. - Use basic Framework provided type conversions. - Use basic Framework provided text conversion and manipulations including StringBuilder. - Use classes with the System.Collections namespace. - Use the System.Math class. - Basic language syntax for decision structures, loop structures, declaring and using variables. - Write code using language specific functionality such as the My. classes for Visual Basic. - Understand classes and objects, methods, properties and functions. - Write code to implement overridden methods. - Understand the class hierarchy present in the .NET Framework 2.0. - Write code to declare a class. - Write code to create an instance of a class. - Write code to compare if an object is equal to another object. - Write code to dispose of an object. - Understand the lifecycle of an object. - Write code to handle exceptions via a try-catch block - Write code to implement static methods and properties. - Opening and closing solutions. - Opening and closing projects. - Adding projects to a solution. - Removing projects from a solution. - Creating new project types. - Adding new and existing files to a project. - Compile a project. - Carry out basic project debugging. - Use the object browser. - Use the help system especially provided to help VB6.0 developers migrate to .NET. - Understand assemblies and how they relate to deployment. - Understand and create a deployment project. - Be able to create deployment wizards using the Deployment Setup wizard. - Select an appropriate deployment project based on the application. Important: This learning product will be most useful to people who are already working in the job role of an application developer and who intend to use their new skills and knowledge on the job immediately after training.

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