Application Development Using C# and .NET


This five-day course provides a comprehensive and practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET 4.0 and Visual Basic. It includes an introduction to ASP.NET MVC, a new Web programming framework that incorporates use of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. It also includes coverage of using ASP.NET AJAX to build rich client applications.

The fundamentals of Web applications are reviewed, and a testbed is established for ASP.NET and Internet Information Services. The architecture of ASP.NET is outlined, including the role of compilation, the Page class and code-behind. Web Forms are introduced, including server controls, view state, life cycle, and the event model. Request/response HTTP programming using ASP.NET is covered.

Visual Studio 2010 is used to greatly simplify the development of ASP.NET Web applications, including facilitating UI design. ASP.NET Web applications are covered, including issues of application and session state and the use of cookies. Server controls represent an important innovation in ASP.NET and are covered in detail, including validation, rich controls, and user controls. There is an introduction to caching in ASP.NET, which provides an effective mechanism for optimizing the performance of your ASP.NET application. The fundamentals of configuration and security are introduced. Diagnostics and debugging are covered, including the use of tracing.

Additional server controls are introduced, including menus and master pages. Data access is covered in some detail in two chapters, including an introduction to ADO.NET, Language Integrated Query (LINQ), and the powerful data access controls provided by ASP.NET 4.0. There is further discussion of security using membership and roles, and personalization features such as themes, skins and Web parts are introduced. This section of the course is tied together by a progressive case study illustrating a Web site for a publishing company.

The final section of the course introduces rich client-side development with ASP.NET AJAX and use of the ASP.NET MVC framework. An appendix covers customizing the HTTP pipeline through the Application class, HTTP handlers, and HTTP modules.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided, including case studies. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.

  • The student should have a good working knowledge of Visual Basic and the .NET Framework. Knowledge of JavaScript is recommended for the AJAX chapter.
Course Objectives
On completion of this course, the student should be able to
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the philosophy and architecture of Web applications using ASP.NET
  • Acquire a working knowledge of Web application development using Web Forms and Visual Studio 2010
  • Optimize an ASP.NET Web application using configuration, security, and caching
  • Access databases using ADO.NET and LINQ
  • Use newer features in ASP.NET
  • Implement rich client applications using ASP.NET AJAX
  • Create Web applications using the Model-View-Controller design pattern
Intended Audience
This course is designed for experienced application developers and architects responsible for Web applications in a Microsoft environment.
5 Days

Instructor-led course, with practical computer-based exercises.

Course Outline

  • 1. Introduction to ASP.NET
    • Web Application Fundamentals
    • Using Internet Information Services
    • Web Forms
    • Web Services
    • ASP.NET Features

  • 2. Web Forms Architecture
    • Page Class
    • Web Forms Life Cycle
    • Web Forms Event Model
    • Code-Behind

  • 3. ASP.NET and HTTP
    • Request/Response Programming
    • HttpRequest Class
    • HTTP Collections
    • HttpResponse Class
    • Redirection
    • HttpUtility Class

  • 4. Web Applications Using Visual Studio
    • Using Visual Web Developer
    • Visual Studio Forms Designer
    • Using Components
    • Shadow Copying
    • Using the Global.asax File
    • Data Binding

  • 5. State Management and Web Applications
    • Session State
    • Application State
    • Multithreading Issues
    • Cookies

  • 6. Server Controls
    • HTML Server Controls
    • Web Forms Server Controls
    • Rich Controls
    • Validation Controls
    • User Controls

  • 7. Caching in ASP.NET
    • What Is Caching?
    • Page-Level Caching
    • Page Fragment Caching
    • Optimizing Your ASP.NET Application
    • Application Caching

  • 8. ASP.NET Configuration and Security Fundamentals
    • Configuration Overview
    • Authentication and Authorization
    • Forms Authentication
    • Windows Authentication
    • Security and ASP.NET

  • 9. Debugging, Diagnostics and Error Handling
    • Debugging
    • Application Tracing
    • Page Tracing
    • Error Handling

  • 10. More Server Controls
    • Newer ASP.NET Controls
    • Menus
    • Master Pages

  • 11. ADO.NET and LINQ
    • ADO.NET Overview
    • .NET Data Providers
    • Connections
    • Commands
    • DataReaders and Connected Access
    • Data Sets and Disconnected Access
    • Language Integrated Query

  • 12. Data Access in ASP.NET 4.0
    • Data Source Controls
    • Connection String Storage
    • GridView
    • DetailsView
    • FormView
    • Object Data Sources
    • ListView
    • DataPager
    • Entity Data Model
    • EntityDataSource
    • LinqDataSource
    • QueryExtender

  • 13. Personalization and Security
    • Configuration Overview
    • Themes
    • Skins
    • Security in ASP.NET 4.0
    • Membership and Roles
    • Login Controls
    • User Profiles

  • 14. ASP.NET AJAX
    • Rich Client Applications
    • AJAX
    • ScriptManager
    • UpdatePanel
    • AJAX Client Library
    • Remote Method Calls
    • AJAX Control Toolkit

  • 15. ASP.NET MVC
    • Model-View-Controller Pattern
    • What is ASP.NET MVC?
    • ASP.NET MVC versus Web Forms
    • ASP.NET MVC Projects in Visual Studio
    • Controllers
    • Action Methods and Routing
    • Views
    • Strongly-Typed Views
    • Model Binding
    • Validation

  • Appendix A. Learning Resources

  • Appendix B. HTTP Pipeline
    • Customizing the HTTP Pipeline
    • Applications
    • Handlers
    • Modules

Hardware and Software Requirements

Required software is Visual Studio 2010, Professional Edition or higher, and SQL Server 2008 Express Edition (bundled with Visual Studio 2010). The operating system may be Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Internet Information Services should be installed. See the course Setup Notes for details.

A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a 2 GHz or better CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and at least 4 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware. Copyright 2010 • Object Innovations


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