.NET Framework Using C#


Windows Forms Using C# – 5 Days

Course Description – Windows Forms Using C#

This five-day Windows Forms Using C# training course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to GUI development using Windows Forms and C#. The course introduces database programming in Windows, including use of Language Integrated Query (LINQ). The course covers powerful newer Windows Forms features, such as controls, data binding, and ClickOnce deployment for creating smart client applications. It covers interoperability with the next-generation Windows client framework, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

The course begins with a fundamental discussion of Windows Forms architecture and programming simple Windows Forms applications “from scratch.” Then the use of Visual Studio 2017 and the Forms Designer is introduced, which is used throughout the remainder of the course. Simple controls are covered, such as buttons, labels, textboxes, checkboxes, radio buttons and group boxes. List controls are surveyed, including list box, combo box, list view, and DomainUpDown. Dialogs are discussed in detail, including modal and modeless dialogs and associated controls. Menus, toolbars and status bars are covered.

Advanced topics are introduced, including parent/child and owner/owned relationships, programming the Clipboard, visual inheritance, the BackgroundWorker component, and ClickOnce deployment. Advanced controls are introduced, including the tree view, tab control and SpliltContainer. Resources are discussed, including their use in localization. The Application class is covered. Applications settings are discussed, including use of configuration files and the Registry. Data access and data binding are covered. The database examples use SQL Server LocalDB, which is bundled with Visual Studio 2017.  The course concludes with a chapter on Windows Forms and WPF interoperation.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of Windows Forms architecture
  • Acquire proficiency in the use of Visual Studio to create professional class Windows applications
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the important controls provided by Windows Forms
  • Learn how to implement dialogs, menus, toolbars and status bars
  • Learn how to use advanced controls, such as tree views, splitters and tabbed dialogs
  • Understand the use of resources and application settings in Windows Forms applications
  • Learn how to implement data access using ADO.NET and binding of controls
  • Use Language Integrated Query (LINQ) to access data from Windows Forms programs
  • Learn how to interoperate between Windows Forms and WPF


Experience programming the .NET Framework using C#.
This course is designed for experienced application developers and architects responsible for Windows applications in a Microsoft environment.


1. Introduction to Windows Forms

  • What Are Windows Forms?
  • Windows Forms Class Hierarchy
  • Building a Form
  • The Application Class
  • Trapping Events
  • Buttons
  • Labels and Textbox Controls

2. Visual Studio and the Forms Designer

  • Using the Forms Designer
  • Code Generated by Forms Designer
  • Adding Event Handlers
  • Creating Attractive Forms
  • Creating Easy To Use Forms

3. Using Controls

  • Checkbox, Radio Button, and Group Box
  • Numeric Up/Down
  • Trackbar
  • Progress
  • MonthCalendar
  • DateTimePicker

4. List Controls

  • Listbox and Combo box
  • DomainUpDown
  • ListView
  • Storing Objects in List Controls

5. Working with Dialogs

  • Modal vs. Modeless Dialogs
  • Message Boxes
  • Common Dialogs
  • Creating a Modal Dialog
  • Configuring the Dialog Result
  • Access Data from the Dialog
  • Validating Data
  • Error Provider Control
  • Modal Dialogs
  • Creating a Modeless Dialog

6. Menus, Toolbars and Status Bars

  • Main Menus
  • Context Menus
  • Building a Status Bar
  • Building a Toolbar
  • Using the Timer Control

7. Advanced Windows Forms Topics

  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Owner/Owned Relationships
  • Top-Most Forms
  • Programming the Clipboard
  • Visual Inheritance
  • BackgroundWorker Component
  • ClickOnce Deployment

8. Using Advanced Controls

  • Panel
  • TreeView
  • TabControl
  • SplitContainer
  • WebBrowser

9. Resources

  • Image Resources
  • Resource Files
  • String Resources
  • Working with Resources in Visual Studio
  • Resource Managers
  • Cultures and Internationalization
  • Building Localizable Forms

10. Applications and Settings

  • Application Class
  • Processing and Filtering Windows Messages
  • Application Lifetime and Events
  • Configuration Files
  • Application Settings
  • Windows Registry

11. Data Access

  • ADO.NET Overview
  • .NET Data Providers
  • Using LocalDB
  • DataReaders
  • Data Sets
  • Data Tables
  • Data Views
  • Interacting with XML Data
  • Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
  • Bridging Objects and Data
  • Using Object Relational Designer
  • Filtering, Ordering and Aggregation
  • Inserts, Deletes and Updates

12. Data Binding

  • Data Binding Concept
  • Binding to a Control
  • Binding to a List
  • DataGrid and DataView
  • BindingSource
  • DataGridView

13. Windows Forms and WPF Interoperation

  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)
  • Mixing Forms and WPF Windows
  • Mixing Controls

Appendix A. Learning Resources

System Requirements

Required software is Visual Studio 2017, which includes LocalDB, a lightweight version of SQL Server 2016 Express. The free Visual Studio Community 2017. The operating system should be Windows 7sp1 or higher. See the appropriate course Setup Guide for details.

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