Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Training


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In this Visual Basic 2008 training course, students use Visual Studio 2008 to explore the Visual Basic 2008 language. The course starts with a quick overview of the .NET platform, examining assemblies, Microsoft Intermediate Language, Visual Studio profiles, XML comments, IntelliSense, and debugging. From there, you will learn all the Visual Basic 2008 language features that you must internalize in order to create full-featured Web or Windows applications that make best use of the .NET 3.5 platform.

You will learn about data types, variables, and operators, along with all the important flow control structures. You'll work through several examples demonstrating the power of the .NET 3.5 Framework, and dig into creating and consuming your own classes and objects. The course moves on to working with data structures, such as arrays and collection classes, before finishing up with discussions of generics, handling exceptions and working with delegates and events. By the end of this course, you will understand the important basic concepts that will allow you to start creating .NET applications.

  1. Getting Started with .NET
    1. Thinking about .NET
    2. Using Visual Studio 2008
    3. Debugging and Handling Exceptions
  2. Data Types and Variables
    1. Introducing Variables and Data Types
    2. Working with Variables and Data Types
  3. Using the .NET Framework
    1. Using .NET Framework Classes
    2. Working with Strings
    3. Working with Dates and Times
  4. Branching and Flow Control
    1. Branching in Code
    2. Repeating Code Blocks
    3. Unconditional Branching
  5. Classes and Objects
    1. Introducing Objects and Classes
    2. Creating Your Own Classes
    3. Working with Classeses
  6. Properties and Methods
    1. Overview of Properties and Methods
    2. Properties
    3. Methods
  7. Object-Oriented Techniques
    1. Inheritance
    2. Interfaces
    3. Organizing Classes
  8. Working with Arrays
    1. Introducing Arrays
    2. Manipulating Arrays
    3. Creating Indexers
  9. Delegates and Events
    1. Motivating Delegates
    2. Introducing Delegates
    3. Working with Events
  10. Generics
    1. Introducing Generics
    2. Generics and Arrays
    3. Generic Interfaces
    4. Generic Constraints
    5. Generics and Lists
  11. Handling Exceptions
    1. Perspectives and Exception Handling
    2. Getting Started with Exception Handling
    3. Catching Specific Exceptions
    4. Raising Errors
    5. Running Code Unconditionally
    6. Creating Exception Classes
  12. Collection Classes
    1. Generics, Collections, and Interfaces
    2. The Generic List
    3. Working with Dictionaries, Stacks, and Queues
    4. Creating Your Own Generic Collection Classes
  13. New Language Features
    1. LINQ and Languages
    2. Implicitly Typed Local Variables and Object Initializers
    3. Lambda Expressions, Extension Methods, and Anonymous Types

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