Visual Studio 2008 Training: New Features for Visual Basic Developers

Visual Studio 2008 Training: New Features for Visual Basic Developers

Course Length: 4 days
Delivery Methods: Available as private class only
Course Benefits
  • Investigate new language features, including LINQ (Language Integrated Query)
  • Incorporate improvements to Visual Studio's data features
  • Build applications using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • Communicate between applications using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Create workflow-enabled applications using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
  • Investigate new features for Windows applications
  • Learn about building managed applications for Microsoft Office
Course Overview

Visual Studio 2008 adds a large set of new functionality for the Visual Basic developer. From new language features, including LINQ (Language Integrated Query) to new client-side data support, Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 make it easier than ever to create robust, enterprise-level applications. This Visual Studio 2008 course, including full written courseware, demonstrations, and lab exercises, introduces the most important new features in Visual Studio 2008 for experienced Visual Basic developers.

Course Outline
  1. Language Integrated Query
    1. LINQ Syntax
    2. LINQ SQL
    3. LINQ DataSets
    4. LINQ to XML
  2. Data Improvements
    1. Hierarchical Updating with TableAdapterManager
    2. Caching Data Locally
    3. Separate Dataset and TableAdapter Code in n-tier Data Applications
    4. Using LINQ to SQL classes to Represent Data
  3. Getting Started with WPF
    1. Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
    2. Investigating XAML and the WPF Designer
    3. Introducing Content and Grid Controls
  4. Revisiting WPF
    1. Laying Out the Application
    2. Creating the MoviePlayer Control
    3. Creating a Data Source and Hook up Data Binding
    4. Adding a Data Converter and a Data Template
  5. Windows Communication Foundation
    1. Introducing Windows Communication Foundation
    2. WCF Building Blocks
    3. Hosting a WCF Service
    4. Self Hosting the WCF Service
    5. Configuring WCF Services
  6. Windows Workflow Foundation
    1. Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation
    2. Creating Your First Workflow
    3. Activities
    4. Using Rules in Workflows
    5. Hosting a Workflow in a Windows Application
    6. Host / Workflow Communication
    7. State Machine Workflows
  7. Client Application Services
    1. Membership, Roles and Profiles on the Web
    2. Client Application Services
    3. Creating Your Own Membership and Role Providers
  8. Creating Office Applications using Visual Studio 2008
    1. Introducing Office Projects in Visual Studio 2008
    2. Ribbon Customizations and Custom Task Panes
    3. Working with Word 2007's Content Controls
    4. Creating an Outlook Form Region
Class Materials

Each student will receive a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this class:

  • Visual Basic 2005
  • Good working knowledge of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0