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This two-day instructor-led workshop provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop advanced Microsoft Windows Forms applications using Microsoft Visual Studio( 2005.

Course Outline

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This two-day instructor-led workshop provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop advanced Microsoft( Windows( Forms applications using Microsoft( Visual Studio( 2005. The workshop focuses on user interfaces, program structure, and implementation details.

Audience Profile
This workshop is intended for corporate or independent software vendor (ISV) application developers who have a desire to learn more about specific technology areas in Windows application development.
At Workshop Completion
After completing this workshop, students will be able to:
  • Build MDI applications.
  • Customize Windows Forms and controls.
  • Create customized print components.
  • Perform drag-and-drop operations and implement Clipboard support.
  • Perform asynchronous tasks in Windows Forms by using multithreaded techniques.
  • Enhance the presentation of Windows Forms applications.

Workshop Outline Session 1: Unit 1: Building MDI Applications
This unit explains how to create multiple-document interface (MDI) applications that enable one parent window to host multiple documents. It demonstrates how to create MDI parent and child forms and how to determine the active MDI child and work with information on it. It also explains how to implement menu merging in an MDI application to make the menu on the parent form relevant to the active child form.

  • Windows Forms Layout Options
  • What Are MDI Applications?
Lab : Building MDI Applications
  • Exercise 1. Creating MDI Parent and Child Forms
  • Exercise 2. Displaying and Comparing Information on MDI Child Forms
  • Exercise 3. Implementing Menu Merging in MDI Applications
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Compare the different layout styles for Microsoft Windows Forms applications.
  • Explain the key concepts and processes involved in implementing an MDI application.
  • Create MDI parent and child forms.
  • Display and compare information on MDI child forms.
  • Implement menu merging in an MDI application.
Session 2: Unit 2: Customizing Windows Forms and Controls
This unit explains how to develop custom Microsoft Windows Forms and controls. Students will learn how to develop user controls, use GDI+ operations, and create new controls that inherit from the Control class. In addition, it demonstrates how to create a nonrectangular Windows Form and how to add features such as attributes and Toolbox bitmaps to controls.

  • What Are the Methods of Authoring Controls for Windows Forms?
  • Ways to Draw a User Interface by Using GDI+
  • Creating a Nonrectangular Windows Form
Lab : Customizing Windows Forms and Controls
  • Exercise 1. Creating a Control That Inherits from an Existing Control
  • Exercise 2. Creating a Nonrectangular Windows Form
  • Exercise 3. Creating a Custom User Control
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the methods of authoring controls for Windows Forms.
  • Draw a user interface by using GDI+.
  • Create a control that inherits from an existing control.
  • Create a nonrectangular Windows Form.
  • Create a custom user control.
Session 3: Unit 3: Creating Customized Print Components
This unit explains how to print content from a Microsoft Windows Forms application by using the printing features of GDI+. Students will learn how to keep track of multiple pages when printing and render page content correctly.

  • Printing Features That Are Supported by .NET Framework 2.0
  • Drawing Print Document Content by Using GDI+
Lab : Creating Customized Print Components
  • Exercise 1. Printing a Report by Using GDI
  • Exercise 2. Creating a Customized Print Preview Dialog Box (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the printing features that are supported by .NET Framework 2.0.
  • Explain how to use GDI+ to draw print document content.
  • Print content by using GDI+.
  • Describe best practices for creating custom print components.
Session 4: Unit 4: Performing Drag-and-Drop Operations and Implementing Clipboard Support
This unit introduces the properties, methods, and events that can be used to implement drag-and-drop functionality in a Microsoft Windows Forms application. Students will learn how to start and finish drag-and-drop operations and, specifically, how to implement drag-and-drop operations with a TreeView control. In addition, this unit demonstrates how to use the Clipboard to store and retrieve data.

  • Drag-and-Drop Operations in Windows Forms Applications
  • Adding Clipboard Support in Windows Forms Applications
Lab : Performing Drag-and-Drop Operations and Implementing Clipboard Support
  • Exercise 1. Implementing Drag-and-Drop Functionality in a Windows Forms Application
  • Exercise 2. Adding Clipboard Support to an Application
  • Exercise 3. Performing Drag-and-Drop Operations by Using TextBox and PictureBox Controls (if time permits)
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the phases of a drag-and-drop operation.
  • Describe the methods that you can use to provide Clipboard support.
  • Implement drag-and-drop functionality in a Windows Forms application.
  • Add Clipboard support to an application.
Session 5: Unit 5: Performing Asynchronous Tasks by Using Multithreaded Techniques
This unit demonstrates how to create Microsoft Windows Forms applications that can run tasks in the background. It explains how to make use of the asynchronous methods and other features of components that support the Asynchronous Pattern for Components. Students will also learn how to use the classes in the System.Threading namespace to run one or more tasks in the background by using multiple threads in an application.

  • Asynchronous Programming in Windows Forms Applications
  • Creating Thread-Safe Applications
Lab : Performing Asynchronous Tasks by Using Multithreaded Techniques
  • Exercise 1. Loading a Bitmap Asynchronously
  • Exercise 2. Performing Calculations by Using Multithreading
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the concepts and processes that are involved in performing asynchronous programming.
  • Load a bitmap into a Windows Forms application asynchronously.
  • Perform multiple simultaneous calculations on a form by using multithreading.
Session 6: Unit 6: Enhancing the Presentation of Windows Forms Applications
This unit describes several of the features that can be used when creating professional-looking applications. Students will learn how to build a Windows Form that has the appearance of Microsoft Office Outlook and how to configure a customized master/detail DataGridView control. In addition, this unit explains how to incorporate the PropertyGrid component and application settings features that enable users to edit and save their preferences.

  • Enhancing Application User Interfaces
  • Customizing the DataGridView Control
  • Application Settings and the PropertyGrid Control
Lab : Enhancing the Presentation of Windows Forms Applications
  • Exercise 1. Programming the DataGridView Control
  • Exercise 2. Viewing and Persisting Application Settings by Using the PropertyGrid Control
  • Exercise 3. Implementing a User Interface in the Style of Outlook by Using RAD Features
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe several key features involved in enhancing an application user interface.
  • Describe how to customize the DataGridView control.
  • Explain the concepts of Windows Forms application settings and the PropertyGrid control.
  • Program the DataGridView control.
  • View and persist application settings by using the PropertyGrid control.
  • Implement a user interface in the style of Outlook by using rapid application development (RAD) features.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this workshop, students must: Have attended or studied Workshop 2546A, Core Windows Forms Technologies with Visual Studio 2005 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills. Be able to manage a solution environment using the Visual Studio 2005 integrated development environment (IDE) and tools. Be able to program an application using a .NET Framework 2.0 compliant language, including the use of delegates and events. Understand advanced concepts including serialization, reflection, application domains, and multithreading.

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
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I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
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I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
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over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
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