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Visual Studio® 2010     ALL-IN-ONE        FORDUMmIES                     ‰   by Andrew Moore
Visual Studio® 2010 All-in-One For Dummies®Published byWiley Publishing, Inc.111 River StreetHoboken, NJ 07030-5774www.wil...
About the Author    Andrew Moore is an experienced software developer with 12 years of pro-    fessional experience in the...
Dedication    To God, my father in Heaven who has blessed me immensely in life, and my    wife Barbara the light of my wor...
Publisher’s AcknowledgmentsWe’re proud of this book; please send us your comments at http://dummies.custhelp.com.For other...
Contents at a GlanceIntroduction ................................................................ 1Book I: Visual Studio 2...
Chapter 6: Laying Out Your Web Site.......................................................................... 419Chapter 7...
Table of ContentsIntroduction ................................................................. 1            Who Should Re...
x   Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies     Chapter 3: Modern Software Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
Table of Contents                        xi          Reaping the Benefits for Development Teams .............................
xii      Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies           Chapter 4: Upgrading .NET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
Table of Contents                    xiiiChapter 3: Get Some Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
xiv      Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies          Chapter 7: Handling Exceptions and Debugging . . . . . . . . ....
Table of Contents                      xvChapter 2: Building Smart Client User Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3...
xvi   Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies             Using the AJAX Controls .........................................
Table of Contents                 xvii    Chapter 9: Writing Network Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...
xviii   Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies               Dragging and Dropping Data ..................................
Table of Contents                     xixChapter 4: Working with XML . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
xx      Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies                Managing Your Database with Visual Database Tools ..........
Table of Contents                   xxi                Checking files into source control ...................................
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IntroductionV    isual Studio 2010 is more than just the next version of Visual Studio to     use with the next version of...
2   Who Should Read This Book?Who Should Read This Book?       A little something for everyone is in this book, whether yo...
About This Book            3About This Book       In this book, you find out how to use Visual Studio 2010 Professional Ed...
4   Foolish AssumptionsFoolish Assumptions       You’ll get the most out of this book if you already know how to use basic...
How This Book Is Organized              5       In this example, you should click the File menu, choose the New menu item,...
6   About the Companion Web Site       Book IV: Basics of Building Applications       with Visual Studio 2010       Visual...
Icons Used in This Book              7Icons Used in This Book       In a book stuffed to the gills with icons, the editors...
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Book IVisual Studio 2010    Overview
Contents at a Glance      Chapter 1: What Is Visual Studio?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11...
Chapter 1: What Is Visual Studio?       In This Chapter       ✓ Figuring out Visual Studio’s role in software development ...
12       From Source Code to Application: How Software Is Written                   Code                                C#...
The Role of the Integrated Development Environment               13       not human-readable because someone wrote the pro...
14   The Role of the Integrated Development Environment        Tools beyond the basic three        Developing software req...
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  1. 1. ™Making Everything Easier!Visual Studio 2010 ® N E A L L- I N - O71 BOOKS IN• Visual Studio 2010 Overview• Getting Started• Coding• Building Applications• Data Access• Going the Extra Mile• Extending the FamilyAndrew Moore
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  3. 3. Visual Studio® 2010 ALL-IN-ONE FORDUMmIES ‰ by Andrew Moore
  4. 4. Visual Studio® 2010 All-in-One For Dummies®Published byWiley Publishing, Inc.111 River StreetHoboken, NJ 07030-5774www.wiley.comCopyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IndianaPublished by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IndianaPublished simultaneously in CanadaNo part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form orby any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permit-ted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior writtenpermission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee to theCopyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978) 646-8600.Requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to the Permissions Department, John Wiley& Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, (201) 748-6011, fax (201) 748-6008, or online at http://www.wiley.com/go/permissions.Trademarks: Wiley, the Wiley Publishing logo, For Dummies, the Dummies Man logo, A Reference for theRest of Us!, The Dummies Way, Dummies Daily, The Fun and Easy Way, Dummies.com, Making EverythingEasier, and related trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and/or itsaffiliates in the United States and other countries, and may not be used without written permission. VisualStudio is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Allother trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Wiley Publishing, Inc. is not associated withany product or vendor mentioned in this book.LIMIT OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: THE PUBLISHER AND THE AUTHOR MAKE NOREPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OFTHE CONTENTS OF THIS WORK AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITH-OUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTY MAY BECREATED OR EXTENDED BY SALES OR PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS. THE ADVICE AND STRATEGIESCONTAINED HEREIN MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERY SITUATION. THIS WORK IS SOLD WITH THEUNDERSTANDING THAT THE PUBLISHER IS NOT ENGAGED IN RENDERING LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, OROTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. IF PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED, THE SERVICES OFA COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL PERSON SHOULD BE SOUGHT. NEITHER THE PUBLISHER NOR THEAUTHOR SHALL BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES ARISING HEREFROM. THE FACT THAT AN ORGANIZA-TION OR WEBSITE IS REFERRED TO IN THIS WORK AS A CITATION AND/OR A POTENTIAL SOURCEOF FURTHER INFORMATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE AUTHOR OR THE PUBLISHER ENDORSESTHE INFORMATION THE ORGANIZATION OR WEBSITE MAY PROVIDE OR RECOMMENDATIONS ITMAY MAKE. FURTHER, READERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT INTERNET WEBSITES LISTED IN THISWORK MAY HAVE CHANGED OR DISAPPEARED BETWEEN WHEN THIS WORK WAS WRITTEN ANDWHEN IT IS READ.For general information on our other products and services, please contact our Customer CareDepartment within the U.S. at 877-762-2974, outside the U.S. at 317-572-3993, or fax 317-572-4002.For technical support, please visit www.wiley.com/techsupport.Wiley also publishes its books in a variety of electronic formats. Some content that appears in print maynot be available in electronic books.Library of Congress Control Number: 2010928464ISBN: 978-0-470-53943-9Manufactured in the United States of America10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  5. 5. About the Author Andrew Moore is an experienced software developer with 12 years of pro- fessional experience in the fields of radar systems, air traffic management, and discrete-event simulation. Most recently, Andrew has been working with Voice Over IP (VOIP) and business communications systems. Andrew has contributed to the Wrox Blox technical series with articles on WPF and audio playback with Direct Sound in C#. Andrew is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Interactive Intelligence, Inc. in Indianapolis, developing server-side applications for multimedia business communication and automation systems.
  6. 6. Dedication To God, my father in Heaven who has blessed me immensely in life, and my wife Barbara the light of my world, love of my life, and source of my inspira- tion, and to my children Sophia and Andrew who make my life complete and joyous, with eternal love and gratitude, I dedicate this book.
  7. 7. Publisher’s AcknowledgmentsWe’re proud of this book; please send us your comments at http://dummies.custhelp.com.For other comments, please contact our Customer Care Department within the U.S. at 877-762-2974,outside the U.S. at 317-572-3993, or fax 317-572-4002.Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following:Acquisitions, Editorial, and Media Composition ServicesDevelopment Project Coordinator: Katherine CrockerProject Editor: Kelly Ewing Layout and Graphics: Carrie A. Cesavice,Acquisitions Editor: Katie Feltman Ashley Chamberlain, Samantha K. CherolisTechnical Editor: Russ Mullen Proofreaders: Rebecca Denoncour,Editorial Manager: Jodi Jensen Evelyn WellbornMedia Development Project Manager: Indexer: Becky Hornyak Laura Moss-HollisterMedia Development Assistant Project Manager: Jenny SwisherEditorial Assistant: Amanda GrahamSr. Editorial Assistant: Cherie CaseCartoons: Rich Tennant (www.the5thwave.com)Publishing and Editorial for Technology Dummies Richard Swadley, Vice President and Executive Group Publisher Andy Cummings, Vice President and Publisher Mary Bednarek, Executive Acquisitions Director Mary C. Corder, Editorial DirectorPublishing for Consumer Dummies Diane Graves Steele, Vice President and PublisherComposition Services Debbie Stailey, Director of Composition Services
  8. 8. Contents at a GlanceIntroduction ................................................................ 1Book I: Visual Studio 2010 Overview ............................ 9Chapter 1: What Is Visual Studio? .................................................................................. 11Chapter 2: Exploring .NET .............................................................................................. 19Chapter 3: Modern Software Development .................................................................. 27Chapter 4: The Languages of .NET................................................................................. 49Chapter 5: The Many Editions of Visual Studio 2010 .................................................. 61Chapter 6: New to Visual Studio 2010 ........................................................................... 73Book II: Getting Started with Visual Studio ................. 79Chapter 1: Installing Visual Studio Professional .......................................................... 81Chapter 2: Browsing Visual Studio ................................................................................ 91Chapter 3: Making Connections with Visual Studio .................................................. 105Chapter 4: Upgrading .NET ........................................................................................... 113Book III: Coding ...................................................... 125Chapter 1: Programming with Visual Studio 2010 ..................................................... 127Chapter 2: Understanding Data Types ........................................................................ 145Chapter 3: Get Some Class ............................................................................................ 179Chapter 4: Wiring Up Events in the User Interface .................................................... 205Chapter 5: Getting Productive with Visual Studio 2010 ............................................ 223Chapter 6: Exploring Web Services ............................................................................. 251Chapter 7: Handling Exceptions and Debugging........................................................ 275Chapter 8: Testing Code with Visual Studio ............................................................... 301Book IV: Basics of Building Applications withVisual Studio 2010 .................................................. 317Chapter 1: Getting Smart about Smart Clients ........................................................... 319Chapter 2: Building Smart Client User Interfaces ...................................................... 339Chapter 3: Building Visual C++ Applications .............................................................. 365Chapter 4: Building Web Applications ........................................................................ 381Chapter 5: Using AJAX for Rich Web Pages ................................................................ 407
  9. 9. Chapter 6: Laying Out Your Web Site.......................................................................... 419Chapter 7: Exploring ASP.NET Services ...................................................................... 447Chapter 8: Using Threads and Timers ........................................................................ 465Chapter 9: Writing Network Applications ................................................................... 483Chapter 10: Parallel Programming ............................................................................... 499Chapter 11: Writing Silverlight Applications .............................................................. 525Chapter 12: Programming for the Cloud ..................................................................... 541Book V: Getting Acquainted with Data Access ........... 549Chapter 1: Accessing Data with Visual Studio ........................................................... 551Chapter 2: Show Me the Data ....................................................................................... 569Chapter 3: Working with Strongly Typed DataSets ................................................... 605Chapter 4: Working with XML ...................................................................................... 641Chapter 5: Under the Hood with ADO.NET................................................................. 659Chapter 6: Using Visual Studio with SQL Server ........................................................ 697Chapter 7: LINQ .............................................................................................................. 725Book VI: Going the Extra Mile ................................... 731Chapter 1: Building Solutions and Projects ................................................................ 733Chapter 2: Deployment Options .................................................................................. 751Chapter 3: Checking Out Source Control .................................................................... 777Chapter 4: Writing Custom Facebook Applications .................................................. 795Book VII: Extending the Family ................................. 817Chapter 1: Exploring Visual Studio Extensions .......................................................... 819Chapter 2: Being a Team Player with Visual Studio Team System .......................... 827Index ...................................................................... 843
  10. 10. Table of ContentsIntroduction ................................................................. 1 Who Should Read This Book? ........................................................................ 2 About This Book .............................................................................................. 3 Foolish Assumptions ....................................................................................... 4 Conventions Used in This Book ..................................................................... 4 Stuff you type ......................................................................................... 4 Menu commands .................................................................................... 4 Display messages ................................................................................... 5 How This Book Is Organized .......................................................................... 5 Book I: Visual Studio 2010 Overview ................................................... 5 Book II: Getting Started with Visual Studio......................................... 5 Book III: Coding ...................................................................................... 5 Book IV: Basics of Building Applications with Visual Studio 2010 ..................................................................... 6 Book V: Getting Acquainted with Data Access................................... 6 Book VI: Going the Extra Mile............................................................... 6 Book VII: Extending the Family ............................................................ 6 About the Companion Web Site..................................................................... 6 Icons Used in This Book ................................................................................. 7Book I: Visual Studio 2010 Overview ............................. 9 Chapter 1: What Is Visual Studio?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 From Source Code to Application: How Software Is Written ................... 11 The Role of the Integrated Development Environment ............................ 13 Tools beyond the basic three ............................................................ 14 Enter Visual Studio .............................................................................. 14 Visual Studio as the Hub............................................................................... 16 The Keeper of .NET ....................................................................................... 17 Chapter 2: Exploring .NET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Following the Evolution of .NET .................................................................. 19 Getting Acquainted with the .NET Components........................................ 21 .NET freebies ........................................................................................ 22 No free lunch ........................................................................................ 23 Peering into the Future of .NET ................................................................... 24
  11. 11. x Visual Studio 2010 All-in-One For Dummies Chapter 3: Modern Software Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Examining the Software Development Process ......................................... 27 Looking at Software Engineering in Action ................................................ 28 Have process, will repeat.................................................................... 29 Practicing what you preach................................................................ 32 Building a developer’s toolbox .......................................................... 33 Working with your partners in development ................................... 35 Components Defeat Monoliths .................................................................... 35 Architecture evolution ........................................................................ 37 Component management in .NET ...................................................... 39 Managed Code Execution ............................................................................. 42 Taking Out the Garbage ................................................................................ 45 Allocating memory............................................................................... 47 Releasing memory ............................................................................... 48 Chapter 4: The Languages of .NET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 More than Just a Pretty Face: A Windows Application............................. 49 Looking at the Languages of .NET ............................................................... 50 Visual Basic........................................................................................... 51 Visual C# ............................................................................................... 52 Visual C++ ............................................................................................. 53 F#............................................................................................................ 54 Choosing the Right Language for the Job................................................... 55 Becoming a Good Programmer .................................................................... 57 Learn the syntax .................................................................................. 58 Write your own code ........................................................................... 58 Chapter 5: The Many Editions of Visual Studio 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Making Sense of the Visual Studio Editions ............................................... 61 Visual Studio Express Editions .......................................................... 62 Visual Studio Professional .................................................................. 63 Visual Studio Team System ................................................................ 64 Choosing the Right Edition........................................................................... 64 Subscribing to the Microsoft Developer Network ........................... 65 Weighing your options ........................................................................ 66 Developing When It’s a Team Effort ............................................................ 68 Managing projects with Team System .............................................. 68 Architecting software .......................................................................... 69 Developing software with Team System ........................................... 70 Testing with tools ................................................................................ 71 Collaborating with Visual Studio Team Foundation........................ 71 Chapter 6: New to Visual Studio 2010. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Exploring Additional Programming Paradigms ......................................... 73 Parallel programming .......................................................................... 74 Cloud computing.................................................................................. 75
  12. 12. Table of Contents xi Reaping the Benefits for Development Teams ........................................... 75 Enhanced user interface ..................................................................... 76 Better development lifecycle management ...................................... 76 Better programming productivity ..................................................... 77 Better Web development tools .......................................................... 77 Gaining Databases Support .......................................................................... 77Book II: Getting Started with Visual Studio .................. 79 Chapter 1: Installing Visual Studio Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Installing Versions Side by Side ................................................................... 81 Taking a look at all the .NETs ............................................................. 82 Getting help from Visual Studio 2010 ................................................ 82 Meeting System Requirements .................................................................... 85 Stepping through the Installation ................................................................ 86 Launching Visual Studio for the First Time ................................................ 87 Chapter 2: Browsing Visual Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Making Your Way around Visual Studio ..................................................... 91 Dealing with Windows Galore ...................................................................... 92 Docking windows ................................................................................. 93 Working with tabbed documents ...................................................... 94 Managing windows .............................................................................. 94 Building Solutions with Visual Studio 2010 ................................................ 95 Using the Solution Explorer to manage solutions and projects ..................................................................... 97 Working with solution and project menus ....................................... 99 Using the Properties Window ...................................................................... 99 Browsing Servers ......................................................................................... 100 Writing Code with the Code Editor ........................................................... 1