Microsoft .NET is an advance in programming technology that greatly simplifies application development both for traditional, proprietary applications and for the emerging paradigm of Web-based services. .NET is a complete restructuring of Microsofts whole system infrastructure and represents a major learning challenge for programmers developing applications on Microsoft platforms. The new platform includes a new programming language C# and a major class library, the .NET Framework.
This course covers important topics in the .NET Framework for experienced programmers. You do not need prior experience in C#, because there is a self-contained treatment, but you should have experience in some object-oriented language such as C++ or Java. A seasoned Visual Basic programmer who has experience working with objects and components in VB could also take the course. It is part of the Object Innovations series of .NET courses, which are based on The Integrated .NET Series of books from Object Innovations and Prentice Hall.
The course starts with a very concrete introduction to .NET. The next four chapters cover C#, .NET types, and how C# relates to the .NET Framework. These chapters cover such topics as metadata, inheritance, interfaces, delegates, events, debugging, and serialization. A case study, which runs through the entire course, starts with Chapter 3. Chapter 6 discusses assemblies, versioning, and deployment, which constitute a major advance in the simplicity and robustness of deploying Windows applications, ending the notorious DLL difficulties.
.Chapter 7 delves into important .NET Framework classes, including the topics of threading, asynchronous programming, remoting, and memory management. Chapter 8 covers user interface programming using the Windows Forms classes. Chapter 9 covers ADO.NET, which provides a consistent set of classes for accessing both relational and XML Data.
Chapter 10 introduces the fundamentals of ASP.NET, including the use of Web Forms, which greatly simplifies the development of sophisticated Web sites. Chapter 11 covers SOAP and Web Services, which provide an easy-to-use and robust mechanism for heterogeneous systems to interoperate. Chapter 12 covers the area of security in detail, including code access security, declarative security, and the securing of Web applications and services. Chapter 13 covers interoperability of .NET with COM and with Win32 applications.
The course is practical, with many examples and a major case study. The goal is to equip you to begin building significant applications using the .NET Framework. The student will receive a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and the programming examples. The book Application Development Using C# and .NET is recommended as a supplement to the course.