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April 2016 - Posts

  • Coming up: ASP.NET MVC and WPF Training Classes US and Europe

    For many years now, we have frequently offered classes for our ASP.NET WebForms components. WebForms remains a strong and consistent platform for business applications, but Microsoft made a move towards the generally accepted architectural pattern MVC, and ASP.NET development favors MVC more and more going forward. With ASP.NET Core 1.0, MVC is the now only stack supported by Microsoft in their latest developments.

    At DevExpress, we recognized the value of the MVC platform early on, and we created a suite of components that leverages the power of the WebForms counterparts while fully integrating with the MVC architecture and relevant technologies like the Razor markup language. In June and July 2016, we are offering the first classroom training events covering our ASP.NET MVC control suite, with locations in the US and Europe.

    Our ASP.NET MVC classes

    We have published an overview of the MVC class content, and you can sign up for the classes using this link for the US and this link for Europe.

    Conceptually, the class walks through the process of creating a typical business application, covering these steps:

    1. Creating a frame application - setting up master pages, navigation and structural elements
    2. Presenting information - for the public-facing part of a web site, this task requires controls to focus on data visualization, where the data is mostly read-only
    3. Interactive work with data - in typical back-office scenarios, a part of the web site provides access to data editing and manipulation functionality
    4. Analyzing data - using graphical visualization and interactive cross-table tools, analysts can gain insight into company data
    5. Reporting and document generation - create, print and export documents representing business data, on the basis of visual control content as well as specially designed reports
    Each of the steps utilizes several controls from our suite and the goal is to show how the individual elements can be combined into a working application. The class is a mix of presentation and practice labs to work through in blocks during the three days. Lab solutions and all source code presented during the class are provided, so you can take everything back for later reference.

    Our WPF classes

    The second class we're presenting in the June/July timeframe in Europe and the US is the WPF component suite class. Again, there is an overview of the class content, and sign-up links for the US and for Europe.

    The basic idea of the WPF class is similar to the description above: creating a business application on the basis of our components. For the client platform WPF, the idea of external and internal parts is not relevant, but the structure of the class is still similar and covers the same functional areas: 

    • Application layout and navigation
    • Working interactively with data
    • Analyzing data
    • Reporting and document generation

    While the class focuses primarily on the component functionality, an additional block is included to cover our MVVM library. This enables you to easily create applications based on the common MVVM pattern by providing base structures for View Models as well as a strong feature set for View Model/View interoperation.

    Again, the class combines presentation parts and practice labs, with all source code available for you to take away. 

    I will teach all these classes myself, and I'm looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, about content, organization, logistics or other details, please don't hesitate to contact us at training@devexpress.com. Of course comments and suggestions are also welcome on this blog post!

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