Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Visual Studio Virtual Lab

Build data-driven Web applications – fast

Virtual Labs are short, online, interactive, 30- to 90-minute demos. No download, installation or configuration required.

ASP.NET Dynamic Data provides a framework that lets you quickly build a functional data-driven application, based on a LINQ to SQL Server or Entity Framework data model. It also adds great flexibility and functionality to the DetailsView, FormView, GridView, and ListView controls with smart validation and the ability to easily change the display of these controls using templates. In this lab you'll learn how to create a data-driven Web application, add validation to the data model and customize ASP.NET Dynamic Data rendering, pages and fields.

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Introduction to the .NET Framework Client Profile

The .NET Framework Client Profile was created in response to feedback, from many customers, that indicated that a smaller framework was needed specifically for Client Applications. The Client Profile is a subset of assemblies already contained within .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. After completing this lab, you’ll be better able to target your client projects to the .NET Framework 3.5 Client Profile and verify which assembly references are not included in the Client Profile.

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Develop an Outlook Add-In

Create applications that are more familiar to end-users with office-applications. Add-ins make it a snap to build your own features into Microsoft Office applications. Visual Studio Tools for Office, an integral technology of Visual Studio 2008, includes features that simplify add-in development. Once you’ve completed this lab, you’ll know how to bind Ribbon Events to WCF Service methods, create form regions and host a Windows Presentation Framework Custom Control.

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Build outstanding end-user experiences with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

WPF provides a unified framework for building applications and high-fidelity experiences in Windows that blend together application UI, documents and media content, while exploiting the full power of the local computing hardware. WPF was created to allow developers to more easily build the types of rich applications that were difficult to build with Windows Forms, the type that required a range of other technologies that were often hard to integrate.

Work through this lab, and you’ll learn how to use Visual Studio 2008 Designer to build a WPF client application, see how LINQ features can be used against a Microsoft SQL Server database, see how to access a WCF-based service after generating a Service Reference and put some of the new language features of C# to work.

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Silverlight™ Monster Factory – Using a XAML Template

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, Visual Basic, C#, Python and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.

In this lab, you will use Expression Design and Visual Studio 2008 to build a monster factory Web site, and also learn how to create XAML pictures and consume them using Silverlight and JavaScript from a Web site.

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