Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training
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Looking at Server Explorer


Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

with Walt Ritscher

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Video: Looking at Server Explorer

For this movie, I need to run Visual Studio as an administrator. Let me show you how to do that again. I am going to go to my Start menu, find my shortcut to Visual Studio, right-click on it, and choose Run as administrator. Now that I'm inside Visual Studio, I need to open a project, by going to File > Open > Project/Solution. Go to your Exercise File folder > Chapter 2 > Movie 7 and then open the Server Explorer folder and then load the ServerExplorer.sln file and click Open.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio versions
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up your developer computer
      3m 28s
  3. 58m 2s
    1. Creating a Visual Studio project
      4m 58s
    2. Working with Solution Explorer
      6m 32s
    3. Working with big projects
      3m 53s
    4. Taking a tour of the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE)
      8m 36s
    5. Introducing drag-and-drop UI design
      7m 38s
    6. Working with the Properties window
      6m 44s
    7. Looking at Server Explorer
      7m 4s
    8. Exploring the new Help engine
      6m 41s
    9. Setting options for the IDE
      5m 56s
  4. 39m 25s
    1. Creating a simple WPF application
      1m 32s
    2. Building the UI with the editors
      9m 14s
    3. Working with the application code
      3m 37s
    4. Communicating with the web site
      7m 15s
    5. Connecting your data
      8m 4s
    6. Binding to an RSS feed
      5m 4s
    7. Packaging and deploying the application
      4m 39s
  5. 39m 46s
    1. What languages are supported in Visual Studio 2010?
      1m 17s
    2. Exploring basic settings for the Code Editor
      5m 35s
    3. Writing a C# program
      6m 48s
    4. Writing a VB program
      6m 29s
    5. Working with C++
      6m 38s
    6. Working with F Sharp
      6m 9s
    7. Font and color options
      6m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Formatting your code
      6m 43s
    2. Navigating your code
      7m 44s
    3. Using the Task List
      2m 26s
    4. Commenting your code
      2m 45s
    5. Documenting your code
      8m 26s
    6. Using IntelliSense effectively
      7m 0s
    7. Working with code snippets
      6m 25s
    8. Refactoring your code
      5m 15s
    9. Understanding code generation
      2m 10s
    10. Generating code with T4
      6m 29s
    11. Using the Class View, Class Designer, and Class Diagram tools
      5m 51s
    12. Refactoring VB with CodeRush Xpress
      4m 33s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Working with project and item templates
      8m 38s
    2. Creating a console application
      7m 5s
    3. Creating a class library
      6m 26s
    4. Creating a web site with ASP.NET
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a rich internet application with Silverlight
      6m 57s
    6. Creating a classic Windows application with Windows Forms
      10m 31s
    7. Creating a dramatic Windows application with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
      4m 41s
    8. Creating a WCF service
      9m 1s
    9. Using an existing WCF service
      6m 38s
    10. Navigation UI designs with the Document Outline view
      3m 41s
  8. 33m 18s
    1. Creating a data project with SQL Project
      6m 24s
    2. Clarifying the confusion on .NET Data
      3m 31s
    3. Using ADO.NET in your application
      6m 50s
    4. Creating typed datasets
      7m 55s
    5. Using the data binding tools
      8m 38s
  9. 30m 13s
    1. Debugging code
      9m 32s
    2. Working with the Watch and other debug windows
      7m 46s
    3. Other debugging techniques
      6m 50s
    4. IntelliTrace historical debugging in Visual Studio Ultimate
      6m 5s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Understanding Visual Studio editions and test tools
      2m 22s
    2. Verifying your code with unit tests
      8m 58s
    3. Running performance and load tests
      6m 36s
  11. 34m 5s
    1. Building your application
      4m 19s
    2. Customizing the build process with MSBuild
      6m 36s
    3. Setting assembly information
      2m 12s
    4. Deploying a basic Windows application
      2m 19s
    5. Creating an installer with Visual Studio
      7m 39s
    6. Creating a ClickOnce application
      5m 13s
    7. Setting up IIS for deploy
      2m 9s
    8. Deploying a Silverlight or ASP.NET application
      3m 38s
  12. 14m 0s
    1. Understanding source control
      2m 9s
    2. Setting up Team Foundation Server source control
      3m 5s
    3. Using Team Foundation Server source control
      8m 46s
  13. 17m 31s
    1. Understanding the .NET Office integration
      4m 16s
    2. Making a Word 2010 application
      7m 54s
    3. Making an Excel 2010 add-in
      5m 21s
  14. 31m 34s
    1. Understanding the extensibility model in Visual Studio
      2m 17s
    2. Adding external tools to the Tools menu
      4m 42s
    3. Creating macros
      7m 16s
    4. Using the Extension Manager
      5m 1s
    5. Creating an MEF add-in
      7m 9s
    6. Deploying and installing an add-in with VSIX
      5m 9s
  15. 25m 34s
    1. Working with configuration files
      5m 37s
    2. Using the Settings Editor
      7m 30s
    3. Using the Resources Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Localizing your resources
      5m 28s
  16. 1m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 17s

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In Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training, author Walt Ritscher demonstrates how to use Visual Studio 2010 Professional to develop full-featured applications targeting a variety of platforms. Starting with an overview of the integrated developer environment, the course covers working with code editors, navigating and formatting code, and deploying applications. Also included are tutorials on running performance and load tests, and debugging code. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a Visual Studio project
  • Building the user interface
  • Binding to an RSS feed
  • Coding with IntelliSense
  • Creating rich Internet applications with Silverlight
  • Building Windows applications with Windows Forms
  • Integrating with SQL Server
  • Working with Microsoft Office applications
  • Understanding extensibility in Visual Studio
  • Working with data, ADO.NET and datasets
  • Using source control
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Looking at Server Explorer

For this movie, I need to run Visual Studio as an administrator. Let me show you how to do that again. I am going to go to my Start menu, find my shortcut to Visual Studio, right-click on it, and choose Run as administrator. Now that I'm inside Visual Studio, I need to open a project, by going to File > Open > Project/Solution. Go to your Exercise File folder > Chapter 2 > Movie 7 and then open the Server Explorer folder and then load the ServerExplorer.sln file and click Open.

The Server Explorer lives over here on the left side of the screen. It provides a way to explore hardware resources on your local computer. And if you are on a network, it also permits access to computers and services on remote computers. You can see, in my Server Explorer, one computer, which is the local computer. If I expand this node, you'll see several sections. There is the event logs, the management classes, messaging queues, and many more. I am going to show you today the Event Logs and the Data Connection section.

There are lots more to explore in here, however. Let's start with the event logs. The event logs exist in Windows to allow applications to store information about what's happening as they are running. If I expand his node, you will see the different kinds of event logs. I'm going to work with the Application event logs. When I open this up, you'll see each application listed here, and if I open up one of these--let's say this one done here called Desktop Windows Manager-- you'll see that there are a number of events that have been logged over the last couple of days.

I'm going to write my own event items into the event log. I've already got a node from earlier today called Essential Training. I am going to write to that note. Let me show you how easy that is to do. First, I'm going to take this application log, and I am going to drag it over and drop it on the designer surface. When I do that, Visual Studio adds an item to this Component Tray down here at the bottom. Let me close this Output window here.

Next, I'm going to write some code on a button click event. So I need to open my Toolbox, find the Button control, drag it to the designer surface, and then to write the code, I am going to double-click on this button. This is a Visual Basic application, so I need to write a couple of lines of Visual Basic code. I'll start by naming my source for the event log. I'm going to call it Essential Training, like that.

Then on the next line of code, I'm going to write to the log file itself. I'm going to say, "Hello log." Then I'm going to type a comma, and here I'm going to use EventLogEntryType, and here I get to pick the warning level. Is it an error, a warning, a piece of information? I'm going to chose Error.

So let's review what I did again. I wrote a piece of code for the button click procedure. I told the event log I am going to be writing something into a log called Essential Training and then the actual data that I wrote was a string "Hello log", and this is the type of log entry. It's an error entry. I'll run the application now by pressing F5. Then I'll click on the Button. After a few seconds, I'll close the application. And then I'm going to go look in the Event Log.

I can use the normal Windows Event Log viewer, or I can go to Server Explorer, find the Essential Training section and open that up. As you can see, I have three entries. You're going to have more or less than I do, depending on how often you've run your demos. I've already run some demos earlier today when I was setting up this computer, so you can see that at 3:57 this afternoon I wrote a test in there, and here is the one we just wrote a few minutes ago: Hello log. Another favorite of mine in the Server Explorer is the Data Connections section.

This allows me to add connections to databases. Let me show you how easy that is. I'm going to click here, Connect to Database. I get to pick the kind of database I am going to connect to. For today's demo, I am going to use a SQL Server database file. I am going to click on Continue. I am next asked what information is required to find that file. I need the file name, and I need a login credential. So I'm going to start by clicking on Browse.

In your Exercise File, on your desktop, is an Assets folder. Inside that Assets folder is a northwnd database file. It ends with an MDF extension. You may or may not see this extension, depending on how you've got your computer configured. I'm going to click on northwnd.mdf and click Open. Then I am going to click the Test Connection to see if I have permissions to talk to this database, and I do.

Next, I'm going to click on OK, and after waiting a few seconds, a new connection shows up in Server Explorer. Now without having to leave Visual Studio, I can open this node and look at the structure of my database. For instance, here are all the tables inside the database. Here are the stored procedures that are inside the database. When I have a table, I can click on it and learn more about its structure.

This shows me the number of fields that are part of the table. I can right-click and choose Show Table Data to actually talk to the database and see the data that's stored inside that file. On several of the movies in this title, we'll be looking at this database. The Server Explorer exists to let me look at my local computer and other servers on my network and discover information about the computer itself and databases that are out there available for me to use. It's a great tool.

I suggest you check it out.

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Q: Which edition of Visual Studio 2010 do I need to follow along in this course?
A: The course is taught with Visual Studio 2010 Professional, but can also be used with the Premium or Ultimate editions. The Express editions of Visual Studio, including Visual Basic 2010 Express, Visual C# 2010 Express, and Visual C++ Express, are not covered in this course.
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