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.NET Framework 4.5.1, Part 3: Building on Windows

with expert Mike Benkovich

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Release date Release date 4/20/2014
Level Level Beginner
Runtime Runtime 1h 8m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
Closed captioning Closed captioning Included
Transcript Transcript Included
eBooks / courseware eBooks / courseware Included
Hands-on labs Hands-on labs N/A
Sample code Sample code Included
Exams Exams Included

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Course description

Building applications for Windows has never been easier or more intuitive. With the latest advances in the tooling, as well as new features in the Windows interface, developers can get a head start in building compelling solutions. In this course we'll look at what's new in the .NET framework 4.5.1, as well as Visual Studio 2013 for building Windows applications, both on the desktop and in what is now called "Modern Windows Apps". We will see how we can share code, and debugging and test our apps, and the see how the new Performance and Diagnostics hub makes analyzing application performance characteristics a breeze.


This course assumes that students understand Visual C# 5.0 syntax, and have a basic understanding of the .NET Framework. No specific experience with Visual Studio 2013 is required.

Meet the expert

Mike Benkovich Mike Benkovich delivers technical presentations around the U.S. as a consultant, trainer and former Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. He has worked in a variety of professional roles, including architect, project manager, developer, and technical writer. Mike is also an author of two books, published by WROX Press and APress, that show developers how to get the most from their SQL databases. Since appearing in the 1994 Microsoft DevCast, Mike has presented technical information at seminars, conferences, and corporate boardrooms across America.

Course outline

Building on Windows

Windows Apps (19:45)
  • Introduction (00:20)
  • Visual Studio Code Editor (01:09)
  • Designing Apps for Windows (00:37)
  • Testing Apps (00:22)
  • Demo: Visual Studio 2013 (01:45)
  • Demo: Blend (01:59)
  • Demo: XMAL Apps (04:27)
  • Demo: Add New Section (02:58)
  • Demo: Run Application (00:31)
  • Demo: Edit in Blend (01:03)
  • Demo: Add New Item in Blend (01:15)
  • Demo: Data Tab (03:05)
  • Summary (00:10)
Sharing Code (07:46)
  • Introduction (00:21)
  • New in 4.5.1 for WPF (00:53)
  • Sharing Code across Clients (00:39)
  • Demo:Portable Class Library (04:36)
  • Demo: New WPF App (01:08)
  • Summary (00:06)
Cloud Connected (34:09)
  • Introduction (00:31)
  • Demo: Hub Data (04:21)
  • Demo: Call from App (03:51)
  • Demo: Test Service (01:32)
  • Demo: Breakpoint (01:34)
  • Demo: SQL Object Explorer (01:52)
  • Connecting to the Cloud (01:38)
  • Debugging in the Cloud (00:53)
  • Demo: Push Notifications (03:14)
  • Demo: Azure Project (14:23)
  • Summary (00:15)
Performance and Diagnostics (07:15)
  • Introduction (00:32)
  • Hub (00:36)
  • Options include (00:46)
  • Demo: P and D Hub (03:06)
  • Demo: P and D Hub JavaScript (02:01)
  • Summary (00:10)