Module 1: Getting Started
This module introduces Visual Basic .NET and explains how it fits into the .NET platform. It explains how to use the programming tools in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and provides enough practice so that students can create their first application in Visual Basic .NET.
• Basic .NET Concepts
• Exploring the Development Environment
• Creating a Visual Basic .NET Project
Lab : Creating Your First Application
Exercise 1: Creating Your First Application in Visual Basic .NET
Module 2: Working with Forms and Controls
This module explains fundamental programming concepts, including event-driven programming, classes, objects, properties, methods, and events. This module also explains how to use forms and controls to create a user interface. This includes the following: how to create a form, set properties, call methods, and write code for events; how to add controls to a form; how to manage multiple forms; how to use message boxes; how to use naming conventions; and how to format and document code.
• Understanding Programming Concepts
• Working with Windows Forms
• Working with Controls
• Styling Your Code
Lab : Creating the User Interface
Exercise 1: Creating the Main Form
Module 3: Using Variables and Arrays
This module explains how to name, declare, assign values to, and use variables and constants. It explains how to declare variables with different levels of scope, how to create your own data structures, and how to convert variable values from one data type to another. It also describes how to store data in an array.
• Introduction to Data Types
• Using Variables
• Variable Scope
• Converting Data Types
• Creating and Using Structures
• Storing Data in Arrays
Lab : Creating and Using Variables
Exercise 1: Using Static Variables
Exercise 2: Creating, Using, and Converting Variables
Lab : Using Structures and Arrays
Exercise 1: Creating a Structure
Exercise 2: Creating and Using Arrays
Module 4: Working with Procedures
This module describes how to create and use Sub and Function procedures, including predefined functions, and how to structure code for increased reusability.
• Creating Procedures
• Using Procedures
• Using Predefined Functions
Lab : Creating and Using Procedures
Exercise 1: Creating Functions in a Module
Exercise 2: Working with the Main Form
Module 5: Decision Structures and Loops
This module explains how to implement decision structures and loop structures to control program output and execution.
• Using Conditional Expressions
• Using Decision Structures
• Using Conditional Loop Structures
Lab : Using Decision Structures
Exercise 1: Checking User Input
Exercise 2: Confirming Application Close
Module 6: Validating User Input
This module explains how to validate user input at both the field level and the form level. It describes how to handle invalid input by providing error messages and guiding users through the process of finding and fixing errors. It describes how to use control properties and methods to restrict and validate data entry.
• Restricting User Input
• Validating Field Data
• Validating Form Data
Lab : Validating User Input
Exercise 1: Validating User Input
Module 7: Object-Oriented Programming in Visual Basic .NET
This module explains how to create and use classes. The module explains the concepts of abstraction, encapsulation, instantiation, initialization, constructors, and destructors. This module also describes inheritance, polymorphism, and namespaces.
• Understanding Classes
• Working with Classes
• Using Shared Members
• Inheritance, Polymorphism, and Namespaces
Lab : Creating a Derived Class
Exercise 1: Creating a Derived Form Class
Module 8: Handling Errors and Exceptions
This module explains types of errors that can occur in a program and explains how to use the debugging tools provided with Visual Basic .NET to help diagnose and correct the errors. These tools include the Visual Studio .NET debugger, debugging windows, and structured exception handling.
• Types of Errors
• Using the Debugger
• Handling Exceptions
Lab : Implementing Structured Exception Handling
Exercise 1: Using Try…Catch Blocks
Exercise 2: Using Try…Catch…Finally Blocks
Module 9: Enhancing the User Interface
This module explains how to create menus, status bars, and toolbars to enhance the usability of an application.
• Creating Menus
• Creating Status Bars
• Creating Toolbars
Module 10: Web Forms and XML Web Services
This module explains how to create a Web Forms application and how to invoke a simple XML Web service.
• Working with Web Forms
• Using XML Web Services
Lab : Creating a Web Application
Exercise 1: Creating the User Interface
Exercise 2: Using XML Web Services
Module 11: Using ADO.NET
This module explains how to use ADO.NET with a Windows Forms application to create, read, update, and delete records in Access and SQL Server databases.
• Database Concepts
• Overview of ADO.NET
• Working with Data
Lab : Accessing Data with ADO.NET
Exercise 1: Using the Data Form Wizard
Module 12: Deploying Applications
This module explains how to deploy applications by using Visual Studio .NET. The module also describes deployment options available in Visual Basic .NET, and how to create and configure a setup project for a Windows-based application.
• Introduction to Deployment
• Deploying a Windows-based Application
Lab : Deploying an Application
Exercise 1: Using the Setup Wizard
Exercise 2: Installing the Loan Application