System Requirements

This being the new millennium, you need a lot of horsepower to develop and run any modern Windows application, no less so for .NET. Fortunately, memory and disk space are modestly priced commodities these days.

Microsoft officially recommends a 600 MHz Pentium III-class processor or better for developing .NET applications, and RAM ranging from 96 to 256 MB, depending on the operating system. The application will run fine, if slowly, on a 300 MHz machine with 512 MB of RAM. However, as with money and brains, you can never have too much memory, and we recommend the biggest, fastest machine you can afford with at least 512 MB of RAM if at all possible.

Visual Studio .NET is a program that benefits from a lot of screen real estate, so a large, high-resolution monitor makes the development experience much more productive. You should consider a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 to be the minimum. Both authors of this book use high-speed Pentium machines with 512 MB of RAM and two large monitors running at 1280 x 1024, powered by an Appian ( dual-headed graphics adapter.

To develop .NET applications, the minimum you will need to install is a supported version of Windows (NT 4 Workstation or Server, 2000 Professional or Server, XP Professional, or .NET Server) and the .NET Software Development Kit (SDK) (downloadable from Microsoft). This software will provide all necessary documentation, compilers and tools, the .NET Framework, and the CLR. You will have to write all your code in a text editor, such as Notepad, or a third party tool.

To be most productive with .NET, we recommend you purchase Visual Studio .NET. Visual Studio .NET includes the SDK and documentation, along with an integrated editor, debugger and other useful tools. Some examples in this book will be developed using only a text editor, but most will be developed in Visual Studio .NET. You can save money by buying the C#- or VB.NET-only version

To run an application developed by .NET on a client machine, i.e., a machine without an installed development environment, the .NET Framework Redistributable Package must be downloaded from Microsoft and installed on each client machine. This is possible on all the versions of Windows, mentioned earlier, plus Windows 98 and Windows Me. Deployment is covered in Chapter 22.

If you plan on doing any development that uses the Internet, such as ASP.NET projects, Internet deployment of Windows desktop applications, or the creation or consumption of web services, use an Internet connection for your final testing. For all these activities except the consumption of web services, you also need to install Internet Information Services (IIS) on your development machine. After IIS is installed, you will need to reinstall your .NET product. Bummer, eh? The best solution is to install IIS first, and then the .NET product.

Actually, it is possible to configure IIS after installing .NET by running the aspnet_regiis.exe command-line utility. From a command prompt enter aspnet_regiis -i.

This utility can also enable different web applications to run with different versions of the CLR on the same machine.

IIS is not installed by default with any of these operating systems but can be added easily after the OS is installed, if necessary. To add IIS to Windows 2000 or XP, go to the Control Panel, choose Add/Remove Programs, and then Add/Remove Windows Components. Select and install IIS. You will probably need to provide a Windows installation CD as part of the process. To add IIS to NT, install the Windows NT4 Option pack, downloadable from Microsoft over the Internet, and install Internet Information Server 4.0. Don't forget to reinstall any .NET development products after installing IIS.

If you are installing IIS on a system using either the FAT16 or FAT32 filesystems, then manually configure the FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions. To do this, go to Control Panel, then Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management. Open the Computer Management dialog box and drill down to Internet Information Services (IIS). Right-click on Default web site or web sites (depending on the operating system), and select Configure Server Extensions. Follow the wizard. If the Configure Server Extensions menu item is missing, then the server extensions are already installed.

If you are planning any development that uses database access, you need to install a database. ADO.NET, the database-enabling technology within the .NET Framework, works with any OLE DB-compliant database, although it works best (of course) with Microsoft SQL Server. If you don't have Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, or another ODBC compliant database installed on your development machine, install the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE). This can either be done directly when the .NET product is installed, or the MSDE installation files can be copied to the machine as part of the .NET setup, and then the MSDE installed later.

Some examples in this book assume that you have installed either SQL Server or MSDE.

Windows Forms and the .NET Framework

Getting Started

Visual Studio .NET


Windows Forms

Dialog Boxes

Controls: The Base Class

Mouse Interaction

Text and Fonts

Drawing and GDI+

Labels and Buttons

Text Controls

Other Basic Controls

TreeView and ListView

List Controls

Date and Time Controls

Custom Controls

Menus and Bars


Updating ADO.NET

Exceptions and Debugging

Configuration and Deployment

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Programming. NET Windows Applications
Programming .Net Windows Applications
ISBN: 0596003218
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 148
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