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Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

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In this movie, I will spend a few minutes looking at how to create a basic Visual Studio project. Elsewhere in this series, I have details on creating the different kinds of project templates, and provide movies showing how to create an application from start to finish. My goal in this movie is to show what happens the first time you run Visual Studio, and how to create a basic project. How are you going to start Visual Studio? Okay, that was rhetorical question. You know what to do. In Windows 7, I am going to go to the Start menu, and then I am going to look in All Programs, and I am going to find my copy of Visual Studio.
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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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Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training
8h 9m Intermediate Nov 16, 2010

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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
Subject:
Developer
Software:
ASP.NET Silverlight Visual Studio
Author:
Walt Ritscher

Creating a Visual Studio project

In this movie, I will spend a few minutes looking at how to create a basic Visual Studio project. Elsewhere in this series, I have details on creating the different kinds of project templates, and provide movies showing how to create an application from start to finish. My goal in this movie is to show what happens the first time you run Visual Studio, and how to create a basic project. How are you going to start Visual Studio? Okay, that was rhetorical question. You know what to do. In Windows 7, I am going to go to the Start menu, and then I am going to look in All Programs, and I am going to find my copy of Visual Studio.

That's relatively easy to do because I have just installed it on this computer and Windows 7 is highlighting that folder in yellow. I will open this up, and I will find my Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 shortcut. Before I click on this link though, I would like to add a shortcut to my Start menu. That's really easy to do in Windows 7, by right-clicking and choosing Pin to Start menu. The next time I go to the Start menu, it's available up here at the top.

Let's run the application. I will click on the link, and after about 3 or 4 seconds, Visual Studio starts and shows me the Start screen. There are times when Visual Studio needs administration privileges to complete a task. Here in Windows 7, that is easy to accomplish. I am going to go back to the Start menu, go up to my shortcut, and I am going to right-click and choose Run as administrator.

And now I want you to look on the title bar of these two versions of Visual Studio. The one in front says Administrator in parentheses. That's how I know that this is running with elevated privileges. For today though, I only need to one copy of Visual Studio, so let me close this top window. There is one more thing I would like to show you before we create our first project. Visual Studio and .NET ship with dozens of additional tools. Let's go back to the Start menu, and go to All Programs and then back into the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 folder.

You can see, in here there are lots of sub-folders. There is one for Microsoft Windows SDK tools. There is one for Team Foundation Server tools. Down here is the Visual Studio tools folder. As you can see, there are lots of tools to work with. The one I want to look at is this one here: Visual Studio Command Prompt. For our convenience, there is this special command prompt hiding here in the Start menu. I am going to run it and see what it does. Look at the top of this window. Up here, it says Setting environment for using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 x86 tools.

What this does is it brings into scope all of the different programming tools that are part of the Visual Studio family. Now I can go out to the prompt and run those from a command line. So I am going to go up to the top folder by typing in cd\. And then I am going to type in the name of one of these tools. There is a tool called MSBuild for instance. When I press Enter, it shows that it found MSBuild, and now it's asking me for additional information.

For another example, here is a tool called Visual Basic Compiler. Again, I will press Enter. It finds the tool, and since I didn't provide the rest of the settings, it just shows me the help file. We are going to be using this tool occasionally throughout this course. For now though, let me close the command window. Finally, we are ready to create our first project. There are a couple of ways to do that from this screen. One, I can click on this New Project hyperlink. Or if I would rather, I can go up to File > New, and then choose this Project menu.

Today, I am going to use the hyperlink. So I am going to go back to the Start screen and click New Project. Visual Studio shows me a variety of different project templates. I have more details about these later in the course. There are Visual Basic templates up here, C# templates, and many more. Today I am going to look in the Visual C# and then the Windows section, and I am going to create a basic Console Application. I will leave the settings as the default, and then I am going to click on OK.

After a few seconds, Visual Studio loads the project template and shows me my Code window. I would write the code, I would compile the code, I would run the application, but those are topics for another movie. That was easy, wasn't it? Coming up in the next movie is the thrilling story on how to use the Solution Explorer over here on the right edge of the screen.

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