Visual Studio 2013

Introduction to Programming
(Microsoft Training Course: 10975) - 3 days - £1295 exc VAT

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> Target Audience
In this course, students will learn the basics of computer programming through the use of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and either the Visual C# or Visual Basic programming languages. The course assumes no prior programming experience and introduces the concepts needed to progress to the intermediate courses on programming. It is intended for anyone who is new to software development and wants, or needs, to gain an understanding of programming fundamentals and object-oriented programming concepts.
> Course outline
  1. Introduction to Core Programming Concepts
  2. Core Programming Language Concepts
  3. Program Flow
  4. Algorithms and Data Structures
  5. Error Handling and Debugging
  6. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  7. More Object-Oriented Programming
  8. Introduction to Application Security
  9. Core I/O Programming
  10. Application Performance and Memory Management

Supplementary InformationPlease Note: Whilst this course was originally scheduled to run for 5 days, our MCT trainers have determined it can be taught effectively in 3 days and is therefore a great introduction to Microsoft programming for anyone who is considering starting a career as a developer or programmer.
Module 1: Introduction to Core Programming Concepts
  • Computer Data Storage and Processing
  • Application Types
  • Application Life-Cycle
  • Code Compilation
  • Lab: Thinking Like a Computer
  • Creating Step-by-Step Directions for a Morning Routine
  • Describe computer data storage and processing concepts
  • Describe application types
  • Describe the lifecycle of an application
  • Describe code compilation
Module 2: Core Programming Language Concepts
  • Syntax
  • Data Types
  • Variables and Constants
  • Lab: Working with Data Types
  • Selecting Data Types
  • Declaring and Using Variables for Numeric Types
  • Declaring and Using Variables for Textual Data Types
  • Working with Boolean Variables
  • Declaring and Using Constants
  • Define syntax
  • Explain the different types of core data used in programs
  • Declare and use variables and constants in a computer program
Module 3: Program Flow
  • Introduction to Structured Programming Concepts
  • Introduction to Branching
  • Using Functions
  • Using Decision Structures
  • Introducing Repetition
  • Lab: Creating Functions, Decisions, and Looping
  • Implementing Functions
  • Implementing Decisions in Code
  • Implementing Repetition Structures
  • Describe structured programming
  • Create and use functions in your code
  • Create and use decision structures
  • Create and use looping structures
Module 4: Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Understand How to Write Pseudo Code
  • Algorithm Examples
  • Introduction to Data Structures
  • Lab: Working with Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Working with Pseudo Code
  • Creating Data Structures
  • Transfer problem statements into pseudo code
  • Create algorithms
  • Translate pseudo code into programming code
  • Create simple algorithms in code
  • Create data structures to store data
Module 5: Error Handling and Debugging
  • Introduction to Program Errors
  • Introduction to Structured Error Handling
  • Introduction to Debugging in Visual Studio
  • Lab: Implementing Debugging and Error Handling
  • Create Structured Exception Handlers
  • Using the Visual Studio Debugger
  • Implement structured exception handling
  • Debug applications by using Visual Studio 2013
Module 6: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Complex Structures
  • Introduction to Structs
  • Introduction to Classes
  • Introducing Encapsulation
  • Lab: Implementing Complex Data Structures
  • Creating structs
  • Creating Classes
  • Create and use structure types
  • Create and use basic class files
  • Choose when to use a struct vs a class
Module 7: More Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Inheritance
  • Introduction to Polymorphism
  • Introduction to the .NET Framework and the Base Class Library
  • Lab: Implementing Inheritance
  • Creating a Base Class
  • Inheriting a Base Class
  • Lab: Implementing Polymorphism
  • Implementing Polymorphism by Overriding a Function
  • Implementing Polymorphism by Overloading
  • Use inheritance in OOP
  • Implement polymorphism in your classes
  • Describe how the base class library is constructed
  • Find class information by using the Object Browser
Module 8: Introduction to Application Security
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Code Permissions on Computers
  • Introducing Code Signing
  • Describe how authorization and authentication work
  • Describe how to apply access permissions for executing code on a computer
  • Explain how code signing works
Module 9: Core I/O Programming
  • Using Console I/O
  • Using File I/O
  • Lab: Core I/O Programming
  • Reading and Writing with the Console
  • Reading and Writing Files
  • Read input from a console
  • Output data to the console
  • Read and write text files
Module 10: Application Performance and Memory Management
  • Value Types vs Reference Types
  • Converting Types
  • The Garbage Collector
  • Lab: Using Value Types and Reference Types
  • Converting Types
  • Implement value and reference types correctly in an application
  • Convert between value types and reference types
  • Use the garbage collector
> Pre-Requisites
Before attending this course, students must have the following pre-requisites:
  • Ability to use computers to start programs, open and save files, navigate application menus and interfaces
  • Ability to understand logical concepts such as comparisons
  • Understand number theory
  • Ability to create, understand, and follow structured directions or step-by-step procedures
  • Ability to understand and apply abstract concepts to concrete examples
> Purpose
After completing this course, students will be able to explain core programming fundamentals such as computer storage and processing; explain computer number systems such as binary; create and use variables and constants in programs; explain how to create and use functions in a program; create and use decisions structures in a computer program; create and use repetition (loops) in a computer program; explain pseudocode and its role in programming; explain the basic computer data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, and queues; implement object-oriented programming concepts; create and use classes in a computer program; implement encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism; describe the base class library (BCL) in the .NET Framework; explain the application security concepts; implement simple I/O in a computer program; identify application errors and explain how to debug an application and handle errors; identify the performance considerations for applications.
> Supplementary Information
Please Note: Whilst this course was originally scheduled to run for 5 days, our MCT trainers have determined it can be taught effectively in 3 days and is therefore a great introduction to Microsoft programming for anyone who is considering starting a career as a developer or programmer.