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Windows Workflow Foundation Using C# (VS 2015)

Microsoft’s Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) provides a framework for creating scalable applications consisting of independent program units called activities. WF 4 was a major rewrite of this technology, offering significantly higher performance and making it easier to create and execute workflow applications. WF 4.5 contains new activities, designer capabilities, and a new workflow development model (state machines). It also supports the use of C# expressions in C# workflows. This four-day course covers WF 4.5 and uses Visual Studio 2015, which provides a visual designer for creating workflows.

The course begins with an overview of the concepts of workflow and the programming model provided by WF. The essentials of WF programming are then covered followed by a systematic treatment of the major features of WF, including the Built-In Activity Library. Primitive and control flow activities are discussed, and the alternatives to hosting workflows are covered. Collection and parallel activities are covered. The creation of custom activities, both using the designer and code, is explained. Flowchart and state machine activities are covered. Persistence and bookmarks are discussed. Workflow Services, using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is covered. The course concludes with a discussion of debugging, error handling, transactions and compensation.

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

Windows Communication Foundation Using C# (VS 2015)

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s new framework for building distributed systems. It unifies and builds on the diverse set of existing distribution mechanisms, which include ASP.NET Web services and .NET Remoting. WCF enables developers to produce highly configurable, secure, reliable and transactional services using a single simplified programming model. And since WCF supports the WS-* series of Web service standards, it enables simple interoperation with other platforms and technologies.

This course provides a thorough grounding in this important technology. The first chapter covers the essential concepts and shows how to implement WCF services and clients. The “ABC” of address, binding and contracts are covered in detail. Service contracts and data contracts are elaborated, and instance management is covered. The course includes a discussion of error handling and security and concludes with coverage of the WCF Routing Service. The course uses Visual Studio 2015 with .NET 4.6. The course discusses new features of WCF 4.5, including new bindings and support for the task-based asynchronous pattern and WebSockets. A large number of working examples and lab exercises are provided.

ASP.NET Web API Essentials Using C# (VS 2015)

This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing and consuming ASP.NET Web API services using C# and Visual Studio 2015. This Web development framework from Microsoft makes it easy to create HTTP services that can reach a broad range of clients. It is an excellent platform for creating RESTful Web applications. The course is current to .NET Framework 4.5.2/4.6 and ASP.NET Web API 2.

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

ASP.NET MVC Using C# (VS 2015)

This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET MVC 5 and C#. This Web development framework from Microsoft emphasizes separation of concerns in the architecture and testability of applications. The course includes coverage of the Razor View Engine, Entity Framework 6 and ASP.NET Web API 2. It also introduces Windows Azure and the deployment of ASP.NET MVC applications to the Azure cloud.

The course covers the fundamentals of the Model-View-Controller design pattern and its implementation in ASP.NET MVC. This technology is compared with classical ASP.NET Web Forms. The two technologies share a common ASP.NET infrastructure. Visual Studio 2015 with .NET 4.5.2 is used as a productive platform for creating ASP.NET MVC applications. After presenting the fundamentals of the technology with several examples, the main components of Model, Controller and View are covered in detail. The discussion of the Model incorporates modern Microsoft data access technologies, including SQL Server 2014, LINQ and ADO.NET Entity Framework 6. The routing mechanism of ASP.NET MVC is covered. The course introduces automated unit testing of Web applications, one of the chief advantages of the new technology. Security is covered, with some hands-on illustrations of attacks and defenses against them. The course includes a discussion of how ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms can be used together in the same application. The course includes with an introduction to ASP.NET Web API and concludes with deployment to Windows Azure. An appendix covers deployment on IIS 7.5

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

ASP.NET Web Pages Using C# (VS 2015)

This course provides a practical hands-on introduction to developing Web applications using ASP.NET Web Pages and C#. This Web development framework from Microsoft emphasizes ease of use, making the development of dynamic Web sites with ASP.NET very approachable. C# programming is done using the Razor syntax, as in the more sophisticated ASP.NET MVC. This course uses WebMatrix as a development environment. WebMatrix is a free tool from Microsoft that provides an HTML editor, an integrated SQL Server Compact database utility, a Web server for testing pages, and features to facilitate publishing your website to the Internet, including to the Azure cloud. ASP.NET Web Pages sites can also be developed and tested using Visual Studio. The course is current to ASP.NET Web Pages 2 and WebMatrix 3.

The course begins with an overview of the WebMatrix tool and includes a review of creating static websites with HTML and Cascading Style Sheets. Then the Razor syntax is introduced, enabling the creation of dynamic websites programmed with C#. Code reuse using functions and helpers is discussed, along with using .NET classes and class libraries. HTTP is reviewed and form processing is covered using GET and POST. The next chapter covers the use of the ASP.NET infrastructure for maintaining session and applications state, caching, and using cookies. Web database application development is discussed, including use of the WebMatrix tool to create new databases. The course concludes with deployment of websites to the Azure cloud.

Numerous programming examples and exercises are provided, including a thematic case study. The student will receive a comprehensive set of notes and all the programming examples.