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Working with C++


Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

with Walt Ritscher

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C# and Visual Basic are the most popular languages in .NET, but Visual Studio caters to other language enthusiasts too. Today I want to look at the support for C++. I'm inside Visual Studio, and I've opened a solution called CPlus. Inside that solution are two projects: ExploringCPlusClr and ExploringCPlusWin32. There are a variety of different kind of C++ project types. Let's go take a look. File > New, and then I'm going to choose the Project menu. And then I'm going to scroll down to the C++ section.
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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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Working with C++

C# and Visual Basic are the most popular languages in .NET, but Visual Studio caters to other language enthusiasts too. Today I want to look at the support for C++. I'm inside Visual Studio, and I've opened a solution called CPlus. Inside that solution are two projects: ExploringCPlusClr and ExploringCPlusWin32. There are a variety of different kind of C++ project types. Let's go take a look. File > New, and then I'm going to choose the Project menu. And then I'm going to scroll down to the C++ section.

You can see that there is a CLR Console Application and a Win32 Project. If you are familiar with ATL or MFC, there are those project types in here as well. I've already added the projects to my solution, so I'm going to click Cancel at this point. I'm going to start by looking at the ExploringCPlusWin32 project. This is an unmanaged C++ project. It's not my startup project, however.

I can tell that because it's not in bold. So I'm going to right-click and choose Set as StartUp Project. That way when I run the application, I'll be sure that my code runs. Next, I'm going to open this node and find the Source Files folder and then open the ExploringCPlusWin32.cpp file. The .cpp extension means that this file contains C++ code. I will double-click on the file and then show you the code.

I need a starting point for my application for this console application. That's called _tmain. Within that function, I'm going to write out to the console, and I'm going to read some information in from the console. To do that, I'm going to use the cout and the cin keywords. cout does what it implies; it's console out. And I'm using this insertion character here to take this string and insert it into the output stream.

I'm also going to end the line with the special "endl" keyword. An alternative way of doing this would be to concatenate like this. This is a longer sentence and then by using the \n character within the string, that's also the equivalent of new line, so I don't have to use endl. Line 18 tells the application to wait for user input, to pause until they press the Enter key. Next, I'll declare a variable. That's easy to do.

The data type of the variable is int and then the name of my variable is age. All lines of code in C++ end with semicolons. Then I'm going to output this string, and then on line 22, this is going to take whatever the user types and push it into this variable, using the insertion characters. Next, I'm going to declare a variable of type string called fullName. And there are a couple of ways I can get the information. One is to use this fflush function and pass it these standard input buffer, or if I'd rather, I can use this function down here called getline.

Getline takes two arguments: it takes this input stream from the console, and it takes a variable that I want to store the data in. And then getline calls cin and pushes the data into this fullName variable. Lastly, I'll concatenate them all into a single output. Would you like to see it running? Good! I'll go up to Debug > Start Debugging. Visual Studio realizes that I haven't built this application recently, so it asks me if I would like to build it.

I'm going to say Yes. As you can see, there are my two strings output to the console. It's waiting for me to press a key. Next, it prompts me for my age, and then my full name, and finally it outputs that to the console and then waits for me to kill the application by pressing the Enter key. Next, I would like to show you the managed version of this, the CLR version. It's much easier to program, and it's more like C#.

Because it uses the .NET libraries, it's easy to use the thousands of .NET types that exist in the .NET assemblies. So I'm going to show you that code. I'm going to right-click on this project and make it my startup, Set as StartUp Project. And then I'm going to expand this node, find the Source Files folder, and then double-click on this cpp file right here, the ExploringCPlusClr file. Like the other application, I need a starting function.

Here, it's called main. And then you'll notice that I'm going to be working with .NET classes. The .NET class I want to work with is Console, and the method, or function, that I want to call is called WriteLine. If you're already familiar with C# or Visual Basic, this should look vaguely familiar. The main difference is you use the colon, colon between the class name and the member name. I'm also using a prefix here in the string, the L prefix on the string. So what am I doing in this code? I'm writing a prompt the user on line 11, and then on line 12, I'm declaring a variable named fullName, and the datatype of that is the string.

Then I'm prompting the user, and then I'm reading from the console and pushing the data into this fullName variable. Once I'm done with that, I will write once again to the console, and I'm going to do a concatenation operation, putting the two strings together, and then a blank ReadLine. Would you like to see that running? Okay, here we go. Debug > Start Debugging. Once again, Visual Studio prompts me to build the application. I'll choose Yes. And there's my prompt and your full name.

And there's my concatenation to the output screen. I'll press Enter one more time to kill the application. As you can see, there's still a place for C++ in Visual Studio. Granted, languages like C# are easier to use and generally more popular with the current generation of developers, but if C++ is your language of choice, you should be happy to see it living proudly in Visual Studio.

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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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