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I don't know about you, but I get tired of seeing trivial little projects and product demos, so I decided to hunt down a mammoth project to show you. For this demo, I wanted big. Not only do I want big, I also want realistic. So I turned to Microsoft Open Source. Did you know that Microsoft maintains an open source web site called CodePlex? It's not as big as other open source sites, like SourceForge, but it has a lot of .NET projects available to download. I picked this Silverlight toolkit for today's demo.
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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

Working with big projects

I don't know about you, but I get tired of seeing trivial little projects and product demos, so I decided to hunt down a mammoth project to show you. For this demo, I wanted big. Not only do I want big, I also want realistic. So I turned to Microsoft Open Source. Did you know that Microsoft maintains an open source web site called CodePlex? It's not as big as other open source sites, like SourceForge, but it has a lot of .NET projects available to download. I picked this Silverlight toolkit for today's demo.

This is production-level code that is maintained by Microsoft. To open a project in Visual Studio, you go to File > Open and then choose the Project/Solution menu item. Also, you can use Ctrl+Shift+O. For this project, I'm going to open the Exercise Files folder, Chapter 2, movie 3, and then here is the source for the Silverlight 4 toolkit.

I will drill down into Silverlight toolkit and then the Source folder, and then at the very bottom of the screen, I am looking at the Silverlight.Controls.toolkit.sln. You might remember from another movie that SLN is the file that loads the other projects. It just so happens that this project contains 23 projects and nearly 4,000 files. On my dual core laptop, it takes about five seconds to load the project and when I compile the code, it takes about 28 seconds to compile, the very first time I compiled the code.

Now you might remember that the Solution Explorer is there to let you navigate through your projects and your source code. So if I go over to my Solution Explorer, you will just see that I have a folder up here called Source. Now on your machine, you might need to collapse and open certain nodes in Solution Explorer. I have got a Source folder, I have got a Themes folder, and I have got a Testing folder. Inside the Source folder, I have multiple projects. There's a Controls.Data.toolkit project and many more.

The one I am interested in is down here. It's called Controls.toolkit. When I open that project, I see multiple folders. And here you can see, for instance, there is the DragDrop folder, the Expander folder, and inside the Expander folder is the actual code that creates the Expander control. And it appears that there are four files here: three C# files and one XAML file. Now if you are not familiar with XAML or X-A-M-L, that is the markup language that's used by Windows Font 7, Silverlight, and by WPF.

For today, I want to look at the GlobalCalendar. Now what does this look like when you run it? If I switch over to a browser--I have Internet Explorer open here-- I've loaded this site: silverlight.net and then this URL. This is a sample site for the tools I'm showing you currently. And if I open this up and scroll down to the Calendar section, this is the calendar control that we are looking at in Visual Studio. Again, this is production- level code we are looking at here. So switching back to Visual Studio, you will see that I have a class called GlobalCalendar, and I then want to go GlobalCalendar.xaml.

Down here, I have a GlobalCalendarButton.cs, which contains the source code for that button, and the GlobalCalendarButton .xaml file, which contains the XML markup. There are a lot of things that you can learn by looking at other people's code, both good and bad. I encourage you to explore this project and learn more about what Microsoft is doing with Silverlight.

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