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425. Windows Forms Using VB.NET

Rev. 1.1


This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to GUI development using Windows Forms and Visual Basic .NET.


The course begins with a fundamental discussion of Windows programming using Windows Forms and the .NET Framework SDK. Then the use of Visual Studio .NET and the Form 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 introduces, including parent/child and owner/owned relationships, MDI, programming the Clipboard, and visual inheritance. Advanced controls are introduced, including the tree view and tab control. 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.


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




         Understand the fundamentals of Windows Forms architecture and how to program using Windows Forms and the .NET Framework SDK

         Acquire proficiency in the use of Visual Studio .NET 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


Course Duration: 4 days


Audience: This course is designed for experienced application developers and architects responsible for Windows applications in a Microsoft environment.


Prerequisites: Experience programming the .NET Framework using VB.NET.


1.      Introduction to Windows Forms

What Are Windows Forms?

Windows Forms Class Hierarchy

Building a Form

The Application Class

Trapping Events


Labels and Textbox Controls


2.      Visual Studio .NET 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






4.      List Controls

Listbox and Combo box



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

Using Image Lists

Building a Toolbar

Using the Timer Control


7.      Advanced Windows Forms Topics

Parent/Child Relationships

Owner/Owned Relationships

Top-Most Forms

Multiple Document Interface

Creating an MDI Parent Window

Creating an MDI Child Window

Managing Parent/Child Menus

Programming the Clipboard

Visual Inheritance


8.      Using Advanced Controls




Tab Control


9.      Resources

Image Resources

Resource Files

String Resources

Adding Resources to Assemblies

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

Windows Registry


Appendix A. Learning Resources

System Requirements


Course exercises require Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and MSDN on Windows 2000 or XP. See the appropriate course Setup Guide for details.


A good minimal hardware profile for this course would have a Pentium 500-MHz or equivalent CPU, 256 MB of RAM, and at least 3 GB of free disk space for tools installation and courseware.