Absolute Beginner’s Video Series

This video series is designed specifically for individuals who are interested in learning the basics of creating applications using Visual C# 2005 Express Edition. The series includes over 10 hours of video-based instruction that walks you through creating your first "Hello World" application to a fully functioning RSS Reader application. Learn how to write your first application today!!
For more information on software development with Visual C# Express Edition, see our Supplemental Readings. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Lessons

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
This lesson provides an overview of the series, including the RSS Reader project. Additionally, you will learn how to create your first "Hello World" application.
Duration: 24 minutes, 26 seconds
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Lesson 2: Creating a Windows Application User Interface
This lesson covers the basics of the Visual Studio IDE. Topics include the Toolbox and Properties window, as well as controls such as the button, label, MenuStrip, StatusStrip, and ToolStrip.
Duration: 43 minutes, 11 seconds
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Lesson 3: Writing Code to Handle Events and Set Properties
This lesson gives an overview of an event handler and explains how to write code to react to events. You will learn how to set properties for controls, as well as how to use IntelliSense, add comments to your code, and use code regions.
Duration: 24 minutes, 44 seconds
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Lesson 4: Working with Variables, Expressions, Statements, and Operators
This lesson explains what a variable is and how to use them in your applications. You’ll also learn the difference between expressions and statements and how you can use operators, like the addition operator (+) in your code.
Duration: 29 minutes, 55 seconds
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Lesson 5: Using Branching and Recursion
This lesson explains how you can use conditional logic and looping constructs in your applications. You’ll also learn about an array and how you can use looping logic to read and write values from an array.
Duration: 26 minutes, 06 seconds
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Lesson 6: Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals
This lesson has two videos and explains the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. It covers the differences between a class and an object. You’ll learn how to create and use properties and methods, as well as inheritance and encapsulation.
Duration:
Part 1 – 32 minutes, 46 seconds
Part 2 - 41 minutes, 39 seconds
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Lesson 7: Getting to Know the .NET Framework
This lesson looks at the .NET Framework and the large set of classes available for your use within applications. You’ll learn about namespaces and how to use Help to discover classes and their use.
Duration: 35 minutes, 27 seconds
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Lesson 8: Obtaining Data from a SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Database
This lesson looks at databases and how they can be used to store information you might need in your applications. In particular, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is shown.
Duration: 29 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lesson 9: Databinding Data to User Interface Controls
This lesson looks at how you can connect your applications to databases. You will learn how to enable your application to view and edit data stored.
Duration: 50 minutes, 38 seconds
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Lesson 10: Working with XML
This lesson looks at XML and how you can use it in your applications.
Duration: 31 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lesson 11: Handling Exceptions
This lesson looks at exceptions -- what they are, and why you want to handle them in your code.
Duration: 31 minutes, 24 seconds
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Lesson 12: The RSS Reader Project - Designing and Planning
This lesson shows the design and planning of the RSS Reader application. This project will show you how an application is built, beginning with a blank project, and ending with a finished application that you can share with others.
Duration: 18 minutes, 50 seconds
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NOTE: The download contains all nine snapshots of the RSS Reader as it was built through videos 12-16.


Lesson 13: The RSS Reader Project - Building the UI
This lesson begins the development of the RSS Reader. In this lesson, you create the main files that will be needed in the project, and rough out the user interface.
Duration: 20 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lesson 14: The RSS Reader Project - Working with XML and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Data
This lesson continues work on the RSS Reader project. In this video, you will add the ability to download the RSS files from the Internet. The data access functionality will be roughed out.
Duration: 21 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lesson 15: The RSS Reader Project - Expanding and Refining Application Functionality
This lesson continues work on the development of the RSS Reader. The data access code is completed and further refinements are made.
Duration: 31 minutes, 31 seconds
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Lesson 16: The RSS Reader Project - Fortifying, Testing and Deploying the Application
In this video, the RSS Reader project is completed. Final coding tasks are done and the application is packaged for distribution.
Duration: 30 minutes, 20 seconds
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Windows Forms Controls Series

Lesson 1: How to Add Audio Part 1
This video shows how to use the SoundPlayer control to play wav audio files in your application.
Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lesson 2: How to add Audio Part 2
This video shows how to use the Windows Media Player ActiveX control to play wma and MP3 audio files in your application.
Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lesson 3: Customizing the Button Control
This video shows how to take and customize the Button control including layout, hover effects, and events.
Duration: 9 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lesson 4: How to use the Dialog Controls
This video shows how to interact with common Windows Dialog controls, including the File Open, Save, Page Setup, Print, Color Picker, and Font Dialog controls.
Duration: 10 minutes, 56 seconds
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Lesson 5: How to use the FlowLayout Panel
This video shows how to use the FlowLayout panel to create dynamically resizing Windows UI.
Duration: 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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Lesson 6: How to create a System Tray application using the NotifyIcon control
This video shows how easy it is to create applications that use the Windows system tray.
Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lesson 7: How to call other applications using the Process control
This video shows how to use the Process control to automate running external applications like Notepad and Internet Explorer from within your code.
Duration: 5 minutes, 47 seconds
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Lesson 8: How to use the SplitContainer control
This video shows how to use the SplitContainer control to create a multi-pane user interface.
Duration: 5 minutes, 17 seconds
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Lesson 9: How to use the TableLayout control
This video shows how to use the TableLayout control which enables you to dynamically add rows to your controls at runtime.
Duration: 12 minutes, 47 seconds
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Lesson 10: How to use the Timer control
This video shows how to use the Timer control which you can use to poll or monitor if an action has occurred in a given time interval.
Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds
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