.NET 4 Programming Course – Day 2

Yesterday, I wrote about the first day of a new Learning Tree course on .NET 4 Programming.

Day 2 of the new .NET 4 Programming course began by covering WCF RESTful DataServices.  This greatly simplifies access to data-oriented services by taking advantage of Microsoft Entity Framework, WCF and the Open Data Protocol.  It’s very impressive how easy it is to access the data via HTTP.  There is almost no coding at all.  I especially liked Gérard’s demo of invoking the services asynchronously.

After the morning break, we covered some of the new features recently added to ASP.NET.  These new features include new controls that simplify the display of data, the AJAX-enabled controls, and jQuery.  We finished that chapter by configuring URL routing in ASP.NET, and we did an overview of the ASP.NET MVC framework.

We finished the course with Silverlight and demonstrated how it could be integrated into an ASP.NET application.  This subject is near and dear to my heart since I’m the author of Learning Tree’s WPF and Silverlight course (what a shameless plug that is).

Thanks go out to all the students who did a great job of providing us feedback!  Below are some scenes from the beta held at the Learning Tree Los Angeles Ed Center.

Author and instructor Gérard Frantz
A full room in LA
Gérard helping out
Stacy, our product manager
Everything is working great 🙂
Some students
Some more students

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