(Core skills for IT professionals and developers)
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate is intended for people who seek entry-level jobs in an information technology environment. MCSA is a prerequisite for more advanced Microsoft certifications. Earning an MCSA qualifies you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.
New to technical certification or need to obtain core skills in new technology.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain how to use Visual Studio 2012 to create and run a Web application.
Describe the new features of HTML5, and create and style HTML5 pages.
Send and receive data to and from a remote data source by using XMLHTTP Request objects and jQuery AJAX operations.
Style HTML5 pages by using CSS3.
Use common HTML5 APIs in interactive Web applications.
Create Web applications that support offline operations.
Create HTML5 Web pages that can adapt to different devices and form factors.
Add advanced graphics to an HTML5 page by using Canvas elements, and by using and Scalable Vector Graphics.
Enhance the user experience by adding animations to an HTML5 page.
Use Web Sockets to send and receive data between a Web application and a server.
Improve the responsiveness of a Web application that performs long-running operations by using Web Worker processes.
Module 1: Overview of HTML and CSS
This module provides an overview of HTML and CSS, and describes how to use Visual Studio 2012 to build a Web application.
Module 2: Creating and Styling HTML5 Pages
This module describes the new features of HTML5, and explains how to create and style HTML5 pages.
Module 4: Creating Forms to Collect Data and Validate User Input
Module 5: Communicating with a Remote Data Source
This module describes how to send and receive data to and from a remote data source by using an XMLHTTPRequest object and by performing jQuery AJAX operations.
Module 6: Styling HTML5 by Using CSS3
This module describes how to style HTML5 pages and elements by using the new features available in CSS3.
Module 8: Creating Interactive Pages using HTML5 APIs
This module describes how to use some common HTML5 APIs to add interactive features to a Web application. This module also explains how to debug and profile a Web application.
Module 9: Adding Offline Support to Web Applications
This module describes how to add offline support to a Web application, to enable the application to continue functioning in a user's browser even if the browser is disconnected from the network.
Module 10: Implementing an Adaptive User Interface
This module describes how to create HTML5 pages that can dynamically detect and adapt to different devices and form factors.
Module 11: Creating Advanced Graphics
This module describes how to create advanced graphics for an HTML5 Web application by using a Canvas element, and by using Scalable Vector Graphics.
Module 12: Animating the User Interface
This module describes how to enhance the user experience in an HTML5 Web application by adding animations.
Module 13: Implementing Real-Time Communications by Using Web Sockets
This module explains how to use Web Sockets to transmit and receive data between an HTML5 Web application and a server.
Module 14: Creating a Web Worker Process
This module describes how to use Web Worker Processes to perform long-running operations asynchronously and improve the responsiveness of an HTML5 Web application.
This training course teaches developers the programming skills that are required for developers to create Windows applications using the Visual C# language. During their five days in the classroom students review the basics of Visual C# program structure, language syntax, and implementation details, and then consolidate their knowledge throughout the week as they build an application that incorporates several features of the .NET Framework 4.7.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the core syntax and features of Visual C#.
Create methods, handle exceptions, and describe the monitoring requirements of large-scale applications.
Implement the basic structure and essential elements of a typical desktop application.
Create classes, define and implement interfaces, and create and use generic collections.
Use inheritance to create a class hierarchy and to extend a .NET Framework class.
Read and write data by using file input/output and streams, and serialize and desterilize data in different formats.
Create and use an entity data model for accessing a database and use LINQ to query data.
Access and query remote data by using the types in the System.Net namespace and WCF Data Services.
Build a graphical user interface by using XAML.
Improve the throughput and response time of applications by using tasks and asynchronous operations.
Integrate unmanaged libraries and dynamic components into a Visual C# application.
Examine the metadata of types by using reflection, create and use custom attributes, generate code at runtime, and manage assembly versions.
Encrypt and decrypt data by using symmetric and asymmetric encryption.
Module 1: Review of Visual C# Syntax
The Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.7 provides a comprehensive development platform that you can use to build, deploy, and manage applications and services. By using the .NET Framework, you can create visually compelling applications, enable seamless communication across technology boundaries, and provide support for a wide range of business processes. In this module, you will learn about some of the core features provided by the .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio. You will also learn about some of the core Visual C# constructs that enable you to start developing .NET Framework applications.
Module 2: Creating Methods, Handling Exceptions, and Monitoring Applications
Applications often consist of logical units of functionality that perform specific functions, such as providing access to data or triggering some logical processing. Visual C# is an object-orientated language and uses the concept of methods to encapsulate logical units of functionality. A method can be as simple or as complex as you like, and therefore it is important to consider what happens to the state of your application when an exception occurs in a method. In this module, you will learn how to create and use methods and how to handle exceptions. You will also learn how to use logging and tracing to record the details of any exceptions that occur.
Module 3: Basic types and constructs of Visual C#
To create effective applications by using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) or other .NET Framework platforms, you must first learn some basic Visual C# constructs. You need to know how to create simple structures to represent the data items you are working with. You need to know how to organize these structures into collections, so that you can add items, retrieve items, and iterate over your items. Finally, you need to know how to subscribe to events so that you can respond to the actions of your users. In this module, you will learn how to create and use structs and enums, organize data into collections, and create and subscribe to events.
Module 4: Creating Classes and Implementing Type-Safe Collections
In this module, you will learn how to use interfaces and classes to define and create your own custom, reusable types. You will also learn how to create and use enumerable, type-safe collections of any type.
Module 5: Creating a Class Hierarchy by Using Inheritance
In this module, you will learn how to use inheritance to create class hierarchies and to extend .NET Framework types.
Module 6: Reading and Writing Local Data
In this module, you will learn how to read and write data by using transactional file system I/O operations, how to serialize and deserialize data to the file system, and how to read and write data to the file system by using streams.
Module 7: Accessing a Database
In this module, you will learn how to create and use entity data models (EDMs) and how to query many types of data by using Language-Integrated Query (LINQ).
Module 8: Accessing Remote Data
In this module, you will learn how to use the request and response classes in the System.Net namespace to directly manipulate remote data sources. You will also learn how to use Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Data Services to expose and consume an entity data model (EDM) over the web.
Module 9: Designing the User Interface for a Graphical Application
In this module, you will learn how to use Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) to create engaging UIs.
Module 10: Improving Application Performance and Responsiveness
In this module, you will learn how to improve the performance of your applications by distributing your operations across multiple threads.
Module 11: Integrating with Unmanaged Code
In this module, you will learn how to interoperate unmanaged code in your applications and how to ensure that your code releases any unmanaged resources.
Module 12: Creating Reusable Types and Assemblies
In this module, you will learn how to consume existing assemblies by using reflection and how to add additional metadata to types and type members by using attributes. You will also learn how to generate code at run time by using the Code Document Object Model (CodeDOM) and how to ensure that your assemblies are signed and versioned, and available to other applications, by using the global assembly cache (GAC).
Module 13: Encrypting and Decrypting Data
In this module, you will learn how to implement symmetric and asymmetric encryption and how to use hashes to generate mathematical representations of your data. You will also learn how to create and manage X509 certificates and how to use them in the asymmetric encryption process.
In this course, students will learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework tools and technologies. The focus will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of a web application. ASP.NET MVC will be introduced and compared with Web Forms so that students know when each should/could be used.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the Microsoft Web Technologies stack and select an appropriate technology to use to develop any given application.
Design the architecture and implementation of a web application that will meet a set of functional requirements, user interface requirements, and address business models.
Create MVC Models and write code that implements business logic within Model methods, properties, and events.
Add Controllers to an MVC Application to manage user interaction, update models, and select and return Views.
Create Views in an MVC application that display and edit data and interact with Models and Controllers.
Run unit tests and debugging tools against a web application in Visual Studio and configure an application for troubleshooting.
Develop a web application that uses the ASP.NET routing engine to present friendly URLs and a logical navigation hierarchy to users.
Implement a consistent look and feel, including corporate branding, across an entire MVC web application.
Use partial page updates and caching to reduce the network bandwidth used by an application and accelerate responses to user requests.
Implement a complete membership system in an MVC web application.
Build an MVC application that resists malicious attacks and persists information about users and preferences.
Describe how to write a Microsoft Azure web service and call it from and MVC application.
Describe what a Web API is and why developers might add a Web API to an application.
Modify the way browser requests are handled by an MVC application.
Describe how to package and deploy an ASP.NET MVC web application from a development computer to a web server for staging or production.
Module 1: Exploring ASP.NET MVC 5
The goal of this module is to outline to the students the components of the Microsoft Web Technologies stack, which can be used to host a completed web application. Students will also learn about ASP.NET and be introduced to the web forms, web pages, and MVC programming models. Finally they will see an overview of ASP.NET MVC 5, including new features and configuration.
M Module 2: Designing ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to introduce students to the typical design process that architects must complete when they plan an MVC 5 application. At this stage in the design process, MVC 5 has been selected as the most appropriate programming model, but the details of the application, such as the overall architecture, Controllers, Views, Models, and routes to create, have not been fixed. How to plan such details is shown during this module.
Module 3: Developing ASP.NET MVC 5 Models
The goal of this module is to enable the students to create Models within an MVC application that implement the business logic necessary to satisfy business requirements. The module also describes how to implement a connection to a database, or alternative data store, using the Entity Framework and LINQ.
Module 4: Developing ASP.NET MVC 5 Controllers
The goal of this module is to enable students to add Controllers to MVC applications and to implement actions that respond to user input and other events. The students will learn how Controllers relate to Models and how to implement Controller actions that define the View used to display or edit data. This module also covers how to write action filters that run code before or after multiple actions in the Controller. The students will learn about situations when action filters are useful.
Module 5: Developing ASP.NET MVC 5 Views
The goal of this module is to describe the role of Views in an MVC web application and enable users to create and code them. The syntax of a Razor View is of critical importance for students to understand because it defines both the layout and the functionality of the data display. HTML Helpers will also be discussed in detail and common Helpers, such as Html.ActionLink() and Html.EditorFor(), will be described. Reusing code by defining Partial Views and Razor Helpers will be discussed as well.
Module 6: Testing and Debugging ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to enable students to increase the resilience and quality of an application by locating and correcting code errors, bugs, and other unexpected results. MVC applications are well suited to unit testing techniques and these techniques ensure a high quality of code by systematically testing the functionality of each small component. In addition the debugging tools and exception handling available in Visual Studio will be explained.
Module 7: Structuring ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to enable students to structure a web application in such a way that users can rapidly locate the information they need. Two aspects of the design are emphasized: the URLs presented in the browser address bar should be understandable and can be controlled by adding routes to the ASP.NET Routing Engine, and the navigation controls, such as menus and breadcrumb trails, should present the most relevant links to frequently read pages. Search Engine Optimization is important throughout this module.
Module 8: Applying Styles to ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to explore how students can impose a consistent look and feel to an MVC application and share other common components, such as headers and footers, between all Views. Besides describing CSS styles and template views, the module will discuss how to migrate a look and feel created by a web designer into an MVC application. Techniques for adapting the display of a site for small screens and mobile devices will also be introduced.
Module 9: Building Responsive Pages in ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to describe to the students how partial page updates and caching can optimize the responsiveness of a web application. Students will see how to make use of AJAX helpers and partial views to update small portions of a page instead of refreshing the entire page. The module also covers the different caches developers can use to store rendered pages and discusses how to configure caching for maximum performance.
The goal of this module is to teach the students techniques that run code on the browser. This approach can increase the responsiveness of the application because a rendered page can respond to a user action without reloading the entire page from the server. Students will learn about the jQuery script library and how to use it to call web services and update user interface components.
Module 11: Controlling Access to ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module to ensure good security in terms of strong authentication and authorization for access. The lessons describe how to enable anonymous users to create their own user account and gain privileged access to content.
Module 12: Building a Resilient ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Application
The goal of this module is to enable the students to build applications that are stable and reliable. Such applications are not vulnerable to common hacking techniques such as cross-site scripting and also store state information such as the contents of a shopping cart and user preferences. This state information is preserved when servers or browsers restart, connections are lost, and other connectivity issues occur.
Module 13: Implementing Web APIs in ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of the module is to introduce the concept of a Web API to students and to describe how to make an application’s core functionality more broadly available for integration into other web and mobile applications. Students will learn about the new Web API feature of MVC 5 and see how to build a RESTful Web API and call it from other applications.
Module 14: Handling Requests in ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal of this module is to describe how to write components that intercept requests from browsers before they are received by MVC Controllers. These components include HTTP Modules, HTTP Handlers, and the Web Sockets protocol. The module describes scenarios in which developers use such components and shows how to add them to an MVC application.
Module 15: Deploying ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Applications
The goal for this module is to enable students to deploy a completed MVC application to a web server or Microsoft Azure. The module begins by describing testing, staging, and production deployments and the web server environments required for each. It also describes the advantages and disadvantages of using Microsoft Azure to host the application. Students also see all the available deployment options in Visual Studio.