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Microsoft .NET Development Essentials

A step by step guide for creating your own software development environment with FREE tools from Microsoft.
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What Will I Learn?
Install and operate their own development environment with FREE development tools from Microsoft.
Have a basic understanding of how to create a database and start developing with SQL Express 2014.
How to collaborate with a team of developers using Visual Studio Online.
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  • This class assumes no prior programming knowledge. It will require you however to have a PC running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

In this class I will give you an overview of the free software development tool that Microsoft offers, Visual Studio Community Edition, SQL Server Express 2014 and Visual Studio Online. I will show you how to download and install each of these tools and establish your development environment for .NET development. Microsoft offers some of the best developer tools and now you can get them for free! In addition, by using Visual Studio Online you can store your source code in the cloud and collaborate with a small team of developers for no charge. I will show you how to take advantage of this and other features of Visual Studio Online. After taking this class you will be able to set up a world class development environment and start developing code.

Who is the target audience?
  • This class is intended for new developers looking to get stated with Microsoft .NET development. It is also intended for experienced developers looking to created a new development environment based on the latest tools.
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Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 02:34
Visual Studio
5 Lectures 13:29

In this lecture I will describe the basic editions of Visual Studio and the features that each edition offers. I will also describe some of the features the free edition of Visual Studio.

Overview of Visual Studio

I will cover the step by step instructions on how to download and install Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition.

Installation Instructions

Before we write our first program I will describe the basic features of a console program.

What is a Console Program

In this lesson we will write our first program and I will show you the basic operations of Visual Studio.

First Program Hello World

Exercise Hello World C#
SQL Server Express
4 Lectures 21:29

In this lesson I will give a brief history of Microsoft SQL server and briefly describe some of the editions that are available.

Overview of SQL Server

Step by step instructions on how to download and install SQL Server Express 2014.

Preview 06:14

In this lesson I will take you though step by step instructions on how to download and install SQL Server Express edition.

Installation Instructions
16 pages

After installing the database I will demonstrate some of the basic operations of the SQL Server Management Console. I will show you how to create a database with a new table and then populate that table with data. I will also demonstrate basic backup and restore operations.

Hello World Database
Visual Studio Online
3 Lectures 18:29

In this lesson I will describe some of the features offered by Visual Studio online and how those features are useful to a software development team.

Preview 02:52

In this lesson I will show you how to sign you up for your free account and set up your first project.

Signing Up For An Account

In this lesson I will show you how to configure Visual Studio Express to connect to the Visual Studio online code repository and how to upload your project into this repository. I will also demonstrate basic check in and check out operations.

Putting Your Project in the Cloud
Visual Studio LightSwitch
3 Lectures 20:14

In this lesson I will explain the basic features of Visual Studio LightSwitch.

Preview 05:59

In this lesson I will show you how to download and install VisualStudio LightSwitch. It does not come with Visual Studio Community edition, it is a separate download and install.

Visual Studio LightSwitch Installation Instructions

In this lesson I will show you a simple example of how to develop your first Visual Studio LightSwitch program.

Visual Studio LightSwitch Sample Program
Visual Studio Code
4 Lectures 15:48

In this lesson I will introduce Visual Studio Code, which is a new code editor from Microsoft with multi platform support. I will describe some of the history as well as some of the major features of the software.

Visual Studio Code Overview

In this lesson I will show you how to download and install VisualStudio Code. This is a separate piece of software from Visual Studio and is designed to be a lightweight code editor. There are also versions for Mac OS X and Linux.

Installing Visual Studio Code

A brief quiz to test your knowledge of the Visual Studio Code program

Visual Studio Code
3 questions

In this lesson I will demonstrate some of the major features of the software in a screencast.

Visual Studio Code Demonstration

Here are some additional links you can get some more information on Visual Studio Code.

Visual Studio Code Additional Information
1 page
3 Lectures 01:20
Wrap Up

In this PDF file I have included some helpful links to get additional information on Microsoft .NET development.

Additional Information
1 page

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