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M10262

Developing Windows Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications M10262 70-511

Course Title: Developing Windows Applications with

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Course Code: M10262
Level: 200
Duration: 5 Days

Course Overview

The Developing Windows Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 M10262 instructor-led training course has been designed to assist experienced developers who know the basics of Windows Forms development gain more advanced Windows Client design and development skills. The course also covers WinForms and WPF programming models, as well as relative strengths and when to use each technology.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the M10262 Microsoft training course are Technology Specialists in the area of Windows Client Development who work in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to create rich client applications for Windows.

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the M10262 course candidates will be able to:
  • Understand how varying business requirements influence the design decisions when planning a Windows Client application
  • Understand the new features of Visual Studio 2010 WPF
  • Design and build a UI that provides the expected end-user experience and UI functionality
  • Create a consistent and manageable user interface
  • Understand best practices when testing and learn how to debug their applications
  • Use advanced exception handling in Windows Client application scenarios
  • Implement advanced data binding scenarios
  • Use coding techniques to improve the responsiveness of their applications
  • Implement localisation, user assistance, and accessibility features within an application
  • Understand the basics of graphics in WPF
  • Customise controls and introduce candidates to custom controls
  • Implement application behaviours based on user actions or events by using attached properties and Expression Blend behaviours
  • Develop data visualisation within their applications in a manner that enables the application user to drill down into data visually
  • Manage application state and settings throughout the application lifecycle
  • Deploy their applications using the various methods supported by Visual Studio 2010

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the M10262 Microsoft training course should possess the following skills and knowledge listed below.


An understanding of the problem-solving techniques that apply to software development, including the following principles of software development:

  • modern software development models
  • typical phases of a software development lifecycle
  • concepts of event-driven programming
  • concepts of object-oriented programming
  • creating use-case diagrams
  • designing and building a user interface
  • developing a structured application

A general understanding of the purpose, function, and features of following .NET Framework topics:

  • Common Language Runtime
  • .NET Framework class library
  • Common Type System
  • Component interoperation
  • Cross-Language Interoperability
  • Assemblies in the Common Language Runtime
  • Application Domains
  • Runtime hosts supported by the .NET Framework

Experience using Visual Studio 2008 in the following task areas:

  • Declaring and initialising typed variables using the Camel case naming convention
  • Using arithmetic, relational, and logical operators in code statements
  • Using branching statements to control code execution
  • Using looping statements to iterate through collections or repeat steps until a specified condition is met
  • Creating classes and methods to establish the basic structure of an application
  • Using methods and events to implement the programming logic of an application
  • Identifying syntax and logic errors
  • Accessing and managing data from a data source

Experience in object oriented design and development as follows:

  • Creating and accessing classes and class properties
  • Creating and accessing methods and overloaded methods
  • Implementing inheritance, base classes, and abstract classes
  • Declaring, raising, and handling events
  • Responding to and throwing exceptions
  • Implementing interfaces and polymorphism
  • Implementing shared and static members
  • Implementing generics
  • Creating components and class libraries

Experience in N-Tier application design and development as follows:

  • Managing a software development process
  • Controlling input at the user interface level in Windows Client applications
  • Debugging, tracing, and profiling .NET applications
  • Monitoring and logging .NET applications
  • Implementing basic testing best practices
  • Performing basic Data Access tasks with LINQ
    • Basics of LINQ to XML
    • Basics of LINQ to Entities
    • Basics of LINQ to SQL
  • Implementing basic security best practices in .NET Applications
    • Basics of Code Access Security
    • Basics of Role-Based Security
    • Basics of Cryptography Services
  • Implementing basic service calls
    • Basics of consuming XML Web Services
    • Basics of consuming WCF Services
  • Using .NET Configuration Files
  • Deploying .Net Framework Applications using ClickOnce and the MS Installer

Testing and Certification

The M10262 Microsoft training course is the recommended preparation for the 70-511 TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam.

Course Content

Module 1: Windows Client Application Design

In this module candidates will learn how varying business requirements influence the design decisions when planning a Windows Client application. Candidates will also learn how design requirements, specifications, and business goals affect the choice between WPF and Windows Forms when updating (or planning a new) Windows Client application.


Lessons:
  • Windows Client Technologies
  • Architectural Patterns
  • Interoperability between Windows Forms and WPF
Lab: Planning Windows Client Applications
  • Identify Windows Client Technologies
  • Choosing Design Patterns
Lab: Application Guided Walk-Through

After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Choose appropriate Windows client technologies
  • Choose appropriate architectural patterns
  • Identify areas for migration from WinForms
  • Identify areas for interoperability between WinForms and WPF

Module 2: Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 and WPF Version 4

In this module candidates will be introduced to the new features that Visual Studio 2010 and WPF version 4 provide.


Lessons:
  • What`s New in Visual Studio 2010?
  • What`s New in WPF Version 4
Lab: Guided Tour of Visual Studio 2010 and XAML
  • Guided tour of Visual Studio 2010
  • Guided tour of XAML Editor
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Use new features in Visual Studio 2010
  • Use new features in WPF version 4

Module 3: Designing and Developing a User Interface

In this module candidates will learn how to design and build a UI that provides the expected end-user experience and UI functionality, and retains that experience/functionality in various end-user environments, as well as when the application window resizes.


Lessons:
  • Defining Page Layout
  • Using Content Controls
  • Using Item Controls
  • Sharing Logical Resources in a Window
Lab: Building a User Interface
  • Choosing User Interface Controls
  • Laying out the User Interface
  • Creating and Using Resource Dictionaries
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Define page layout
  • Use content controls
  • Use item controls
  • Share resources within a window or user control

Module 4: Taking Control of the User Interface

In this module candidates will learn how to create a consistent and manageable user interface.


Lessons:
  • Sharing Logical Resources in an Application
  • Creating Consistent User Interfaces by Using Styles
  • Changing the Appearance of Controls by Using Templates
  • Handling Events and Commands
Lab: Dynamically Controlling the User Interface
  • Creating Styles
  • Using Application Commands
  • Adding Routed Events
  • Creating a Custom Command
  • Migrating a Custom Command
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Share logical resources throughout an application
  • Create a consistent user interface by using styles
  • Change the appearance of controls by using templates
  • Handle events and commands

Module 5: Testing, Unit Testing, and Debugging

In this module candidates will learn to develop good habits in regard to testing and how to debug applications. Candidates will also learn about advanced exception handling pertaining directly to Windows Client application scenarios.


Lessons:
  • WPF Testing Strategies
  • Debugging XAML
  • Providing User Feedback for Unhandled Exceptions
  • Understanding Security Features
Lab: Testing and Debugging WPF Applications
  • Unit Testing Strategy
  • Unit Testing WPF Applications
  • Debugging Applications in Visual Studio 2010
  • Advanced Exception Handling
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Implement a WPF unit test strategy
  • Debug XAML by using the WPF Visualiser and PresentationTraceSources
  • Provide user feedback for unhandled exceptions
  • Understand security features of an application

Module 6: Simple Data Binding and Validation

In this module candidates will learn how to implement simple data binding and data validation in order to manage data in a data source (CRUD). In addition to learning how to bind a value to a UI element, candidate will learn best practices concerning when to use the various implementations of data binding and how to connect to a data source with LINQ.


Lessons:
  • Overview of Data Binding
  • Creating a Data Binding
  • Implementing Property Change Notification
  • Converting Data
  • Validating Data
  • Presenting Data at Design Time
Lab: Data Binding
  • Binding Controls
  • Implementing Value Converters
  • Validating Data
  • Implementing Property Change Notifications
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Explain WPF data binding concepts and terminology
  • Create a binding between a data source and a control
  • Implement property change notification
  • Convert data between the binding source and the binding target
  • Validate data entered by the user
  • Present data at design time

Module 7: Data Binding to Collections

In this module candidates will learn how to implement more advanced data binding scenarios, picking up where the previous module on data binding left off. Candidates will also learn how to bind to ListView, GridView, DataGrid, and other collection classes.


Lessons:
  • Binding to Collections of Objects
  • Using Collection Views
  • Creating Master-Detail User Interfaces
  • Using Data Templates
  • Presenting Design Time Data Collections
Lab: Data Binding to Collections
  • Binding to Collections of Data
  • Using Collection Views
  • Creating Master-Detail User Interfaces
  • Using Data Templates
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Bind to a collection of objects
  • Sort, filter, and group collections by using collection views
  • Create master-detail user interfaces
  • Customise data display by using data templates
  • Present data collections at design time

Module 8: Enhancing UI Responsiveness

In this module candidates will learn how coding techniques can be used to improve the responsiveness of applications.


Lessons:
  • Implementing Asynchronous Processes
  • Implementing Responsive User Interfaces
Lab: Enhancing Application Performance
  • Asynchronous Programming Strategy
  • Asynchronous Programming
  • Parallelising Tasks
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Implement asynchronous processes
  • Implement responsive user interfaces

Module 9: Integrating Localisation and User Assistance Features

In this module candidates will learn how to implement localisation, user assistance, and accessibility features within an application.


Lessons:
  • Localisation and Globalisation
  • Implementing User Assistance Features
  • Providing User Accessibility Features
Lab: Localising a WPF Application
  • Preparing for Localisation for the LocBAML Approach
  • Localising Resources by Using LocBAML
  • Preparing for Localisation by Using Strongly Typed Resources
  • Localising Resources by Using Strongly Typed Resources
  • Choosing a Localisation Approach
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe WPF localisation and globalisation features
  • Implement localised WPF applications
  • Implement user assistance features
  • Provide user accessibility features

Module 10: WPF 2D Graphics, Multimedia, and Printing

In this module candidates will learn the basics of graphics in WPF. The module also provides an overview of both audio and video multimedia.


Lessons:
  • Displaying 2D Graphics
  • Displaying Images
  • Adding Multimedia to WPF Applications
  • Creating and Printing Documents
Lab: Drawing 2-D Graphics
  • Identify the Appropriate Windows Client Technology
  • Creating the Data Access Layer and User Interface
  • Drawing Shapes, Painting with Brushes and Appling Effects
  • Adding Images
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Display 2D graphics
  • Add images in a WPF application
  • Add multimedia content to a WPF application
  • Create and print documents

Module 11: Control Customisation

In this module candidates will learn how to customise controls and introduce candidates to custom controls.


Lessons:
  • Overview of Control Authoring
  • Creating User Controls
  • Creating Custom Controls
  • Managing Control Appearance by Using Visual States
  • Integrating WPF and Windows Forms
Lab: Building a User Control
  • Identify the Approach Control Type
  • Creating a User Control in WPF
  • Adding a WPF Control to a Windows Forms Application
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Explain scenarios and options for creating new controls
  • Create user controls
  • Create custom controls
  • Integrate WPF and WinForms controls

Module 12: Attached Properties and Behaviours in WPF

In this module candidates will learn how to implement application behaviours based on user actions or application events by using attached properties and Expression Blend behaviours.


Lessons:
  • Implementing Attached Properties
  • Implementing Drag-and-Drop User Interfaces
  • Implementing Expression Blend Behaviours, Triggers and Actions
Lab: Implementing Drag-and-Drop Operations
  • Implementing Drag-and-Drop Operations
  • Implementing Expression Blend behaviours
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe WPF attached properties
  • Implement drag and drop
  • Implement Expression Blend behaviours

Module 13: Animations in WPF

In this module candidates will learn how to implement animations and develop data visualisation within applications in a manner that enables the application user to drill down into data visually. Candidates should also learn when animations should be used and why.


Lessons:
  • Using Animations
  • Using Triggers
  • Implementing Data Visualisations
Lab: Creating Animations
  • Creating Animations Declaratively
  • Creating Animations Dynamically
  • Creating Routed Events
  • Handling Routed Events
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Explain when animations are appropriate for the user interface
  • Implement animation in WPF
  • Initiate animation by using triggers
  • Present data visualisations by using WPF

Module 14: Application State, Settings, and Lifecycle

In this module candidates will learn how to manage application state and settings throughout the application lifecycle.


Lessons:
  • Creating Application Settings
  • Consuming Application Settings
  • Creating Custom Configuration Sections
Lab: Creating a Settings Dialog
  • Creating Application and User Setting by Using Visual Studio
  • Creating a Dialog Window
  • Reading and Writing Settings
  • Consuming Settings Properties
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Persist user and application settings
  • Consume user settings

Module 15: Configure and Deploy Windows Client Applications

In this module candidates will learn how to deploy applications using the various methods supported by Visual Studio 2010.


Lessons:
  • Deployment Options
  • Deploying a Standalone WPF Application
  • Deploying an XBAP Application
  • Configuring Security Settings
Lab: Deploying Applications
  • Developing a Standalone Installer
  • Configuring a ClickOnce Deployment
  • Updating a ClickOnce Deployment
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Explain deployment options
  • Deploy a standalone WPF application by using a Setup and Deployment project
  • Deploy a ClickOnce application
  • Configure security settings
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