Win an Xbox on MSDN Webcasts!

We finally got some extra budget for some goodies for our attendees. We don’t have a lot of money for it, but we were able to scrounge up enough for some Xbox game systems. We’re entering all live attendees from each webcast into a random drawing to win an Xbox. Attend any of the 14 live Soup to Nuts webcasts through December and you could win an XBOX system! See official rules for details. Link to official rules.

 

Tune in and learn how to build Windows forms applications and smart clients in .NET. We’ll take you through all the steps to building an application, from start to finish, as we cover object oriented concepts and delve deep into .NET. During this series of webcasts, you will learn how to create rich user interfaces and access data, and see industry-proven ways to get Winforms applications to market quickly. And after viewing the webcasts, work hands-on in the MSDN Virtual Lab.

 

Soup to Nuts Main website: http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/series/windowsforms.mspx

 

Soup to Nuts – A Webcast Series for Windows Forms Development  

Presented by David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

 

David F. Anthony is a senior mentor, and an Application Architect in Houston, Texas. He has over 10 years experience using Microsoft technologies to help companies expertly automate their business processes. He holds an MCSD, an MBA and a BBA in MIS from Texas Tech University, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

 

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Windows Application Development with .NET (Session 1)—Introduction and Essential Concepts—Level 100

Friday, September 03, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

You hear it more and more these days: Microsoft Visual Studio® and the .NET Framework create the platform of choice for a wide range of challenging scenarios. Windows® Forms Applications provide a powerful and extensible solution to help you meet the challenges you face in development. Whether you're new to the subject or you're just looking to fill the gaps in your knowledge, you can't afford to miss David Anthony's top-notch 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET."  In this first webcast, you will learn background and general concepts behind Windows software development with .NET. We will introduce the .NET Framework and look at how to use the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032257688&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Creating Top-Notch User Experiences with Windows Forms in Visual Studio .NET (Session 2)—Level 200

Friday, September 10, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Excellent user experience is often what makes or breaks an application's successful implementation. Are your UIs as good as they could be? Learn what the powerful combination of Windows Forms and Visual Studio .NET can do to help you design first-class GUIs. In this second webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," we will cover general GUI concepts and look at how you can visually design outstanding GUIs for a Windows forms application straight from the Visual Studio forms designer

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032257707&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Bringing Quality Products to Market Faster (Session 3)—Rapid Application Development with Visual Studio .NET—Level 200

Friday, September 17, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Rapid Application Development (RAD) is on everyone's mind – but what are the best tools and techniques to get your products to market faster without sacrificing quality or integrity? In this third webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," you will see how concepts of RAD are applied with .NET and Windows® Forms to achieve faster time-to-market. Learn how the diverse array of designers, code generation options and wizards included in Visual Studio® .NET help you accelerate your development lifecycle and get your products into your customers' hands more rapidly than ever before.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032257710&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Session 4)—Object-Oriented Concepts in Microsoft .NET Winforms Applications—Level 200

Friday, September 24, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Chances are your development approach is committed to an object-oriented methodology for writing extensible code.  Join us for this fourth webcast in the essential 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," and learn more about object-oriented concepts such as reuse, encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance as we discuss how they apply to developing Windows Forms with .NET.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032257712&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: What Every Developer Should Know About the .NET Framework, but May Have Missed Along the Way (Session 5)—Level 200

Friday, October 01, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

The .NET Framework provides an excellent platform for developing applications and a rich set of documentation for learning about how to develop those apps using the Framework. Whether you're new to .NET or you're just looking to fill the gaps in your knowledge, this fifth webcast in the comprehensive 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET" is essential material. Join us for an immersive tour of the .NET Framework and its powerful capabilities.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258154&Culture=en-US

 

 

 

MSDN Webcast: User Interface Beauty Tips for Windows Forms Applications (Session 6)—Level 200

Friday, October 08, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Interested in learning some quick and straightforward ways to add polish to your UIs? The Forms Designer in Visual Studio .NET allows for quickly visually dragging and dropping a design for a UI, but it’s no secret that a quickly prototyped UI built in this way still needs a bit of professional polish before it's ready for release. In this sixth webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," we'll show you some new ways to dress up a Windows Forms based user interface.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258160&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Exceptions Happen (Session 7): Optimized Exception Handling with Microsoft .NET—Level 200

Friday, October 15, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Every developer deals with exceptions - they're part of the imperfect programming world. With so much unpredictability to account for, do you feel confident that you have enough knowledge of best practices to anticipate and handle each exception in an ideal way? In this seventh webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," we will delve into the subject of exception handling and offer some valuable best practices for dealing with exceptions in your Winforms applications.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258202&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: The Power of Effective Data Access Techniques (Session 8)—What ADO.NET Can Do For You—Level 200

Friday, October 22, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Data access is an essential element of rich user experience presentation applications. Do you feel confident that you are making the most of the capabilities for getting and storing business-related data offered by ADO.NET?  In this eighth webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," we will offer a thorough exploration of the fundamentals of data access with ADO.NET.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258299&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Taking Your Windows Forms Application Safely Through Configuration and Deployment to Production (Session 9)—Level 200

Friday, October 29, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Lessons learned are often painful. Can you remember when you learned why it’s a bad idea to hard-code things like connection strings and file paths? Save yourself some nasty trial-and-error headaches and check out this ninth webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET." We will provide you with a thorough background on the issues related to configuring and deploying .NET Winforms applications, including best practices for dealing with configuration and deployment.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258371&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Taming the Giant: Managing Enterprise Applications and Large-Scale Development (Session 10)—Level 300

Friday, November 05, 2004 , 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

When we think of Enterprise applications, we often think big - complex, large and at times geographically dispersed. Intimidated? Well, you can relax - .NET cuts the problem down to size with powerful features for supporting applications in the Enterprise. Be sure to join us for this tenth webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," where we will show you valuable Enterprise development techniques using .NET – such as splitting up code into components that are reusable and more practical to work with, code layering, and features like logging, tracing, and performance counters.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032258385&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Preserving User Experience in Web Applications—Distributed Windows Forms Applications Using Smart Clients (Session 11)—Level 300

Friday, November 12, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Ever wish you could take advantage of the benefits of Web applications – such as painless deployment and high availability – without sacrificing user experience? In this eleventh webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," we'll show you how you can have the best of both worlds using Smart Client Windows® Forms applications. With Winforms, you can finally achieve a rich user experience while taking advantage of the way Smart Clients work like web applications behind the scenes.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258389&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: Keeping Threats at Bay—Securing Your Data and Applications with Microsoft .NET (Session 12)—Level 300

Friday, November 19, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

With all the threats to your data out there in the world, are you sure you’re doing all you can to make your applications as secure as possible? Join us for this twelfth webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET," where we will show you how .NET provides a powerful, inherently secure platform for writing Windows-based software.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258394&Culture=en-US

 

 

MSDN Webcast: In-Depth ADO.NET—Advanced Data Access Techniques for the Power User (Session 13)—Level 400

Friday, December 03, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

Ready to take your knowledge of ADO.NET to the next level? Learn about advanced concepts in data access using ADO.NET in this second-to-last webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET."

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258399&Culture=en-US

 

MSDN Webcast: Complex Problems, Elegant Solutions—Scenarios for the Advanced .NET Programmer (Session 14)—Level 400

Friday, December 10, 2004, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

David F. Anthony, Senior Software Architect, Techhead LLC

At some stage, every developer's work is complicated by factors such as large projects, enterprise development and componentized development. The final webcast in the 14-part series "Soup to Nuts - A Practical Guide to Building Windows Forms Applications with .NET" will introduce you tools within Visual Studio® .NET as well as a few stand-alone utilities that are essential in helping you deal with the intricacies of development. In addition, we'll cover advanced concepts such as useful design patterns that you can implement within .NET.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258402&Culture=en-US