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Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
Course 2373: 5 days; Instructor-led

The goal of this course is to provide Microsoft Visual Basic® developers with the knowledge and skills needed to develop Microsoft .NET-based applications by using Visual Basic .NET. Visual Basic .NET is a significant upgrade to Visual Basic and incorporates many new features and framework goals of the .NET architecture. These changes will allow Visual Basic developers to create enterprise applications for the .NET Platform and to create more traditional Visual Basic applications that can take advantage of the enhancements to the language.

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • List the major elements of the .NET Framework and describe some of the major enhancements to the new version of Visual Basic.
  • Describe the basic structure of a Visual Basic .NET project and use the main features of the integrated development environment (IDE).
  • Use the new language features and syntax in Visual Basic .NET.
  • Explain the basic concepts and terminology of object-oriented design specifically for Visual Basic .NET.
  • Explain and use the basic concepts and terminology of object-oriented programming in Visual Basic .NET.
  • Create applications by using Microsoft Windows® Forms.
  • Create Internet applications that use Web Forms and Web Services.
  • Create applications that use ADO.NET.
  • Create components in Visual Basic .NET.
  • Set up and deploy various types of Visual Basic .NET-based applications.
  • Prepare existing Visual Basic-based applications for upgrade to Visual Basic .NET.

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Microsoft Certified Professional Exams

There is no Microsoft Certified Professional exam associated with this course.

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Before attending this course, students must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Experience developing applications with Visual Basic 4.0 or later
  • Successful completion of Course 1013, Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 6 Development, or equivalent knowledge

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Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of the Microsoft .NET Platform
  • What Is the Microsoft .NET Platform?
  • What Is the .NET Framework?
  • What Are the .NET Framework Components?
  • What Are the Visual Basic .NET Enhancements?
Module 2: Development Environment Features
  • Describing the Integrated Development Environment
  • Creating Visual Basic .NET Projects
  • Using Development Environment Features
  • Debugging Applications
  • Compiling in Visual Basic .NET
Module 3: Language and Syntax Enhancements
  • Data Types
  • Using Variables
  • Functions, Subroutines, and Properties
  • Exception Handling
Module 4: Object-Oriented Design for Visual Basic .NET
  • Designing Classes
  • Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
  • Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
  • Using Microsoft Visio®
Module 5: Object-Oriented Programming in Visual Basic .NET
  • Defining Classes
  • Creating and Destroying Objects
  • Inheritance
  • Interfaces
  • Working with Classes
Module 6: Using Windows Forms
  • Why Use Windows Forms?
  • Structure of Windows Forms
  • Using Windows Forms
  • Using Controls
  • Windows Forms Inheritance
Module 7: Building Web Applications
  • Introduction to ASP.NET
  • Creating Web Form Applications
  • Building Web Services
  • Using Web Services
Module 8: Using ADO.NET
  • ADO.NET Overview
  • .NET Data Providers
  • The DataSet Object
  • Data Designers and Data Binding
  • XML Integration
Module 9: Developing Components in Visual Basic .NET
  • Components Overview
  • Creating Serviced Components
  • Creating Component Classes
  • Creating Windows Forms Controls
  • Creating Web Forms User Controls
  • Threading
Module 10: Deploying Applications
  • Describing Assemblies
  • Choosing a Deployment Strategy
  • Deploying Applications
Module 11: Upgrading to Visual Basic .NET
  • Deciding Whether to Upgrade
  • Options for Upgrading
  • Recommendations
  • Performing the Upgrade


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