Two Extensive Training Classes - .NET for VFP Developers & Converting VFP Applications to .NET

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Two Extensive Training Classes for VFP Developers - .NET Training for VFP Developers and Converting VFP Applications to .NET

Where:   Onsite at EPS Software Offices (6605 Cypresswood Dr. Suite 300, Spring, TX 77379) or remotely via GoToMeeting
When:    .NET Training for VFP Developers - March 16-18, 2009 (Monday – Wednesday) - Leverage your VFP knowledge to learn .NET
              Converting VFP Applications to .NET - March 19 & 20, 2009 (Thursday & Friday) - Converting your VFP Applications to .NET

EPS Software will be holding two comprehensive classes, specifically for Visual FoxPro developers who wish to utilize the latest Microsoft .NET technologies.  The training class will be held at our offices in Houston, Texas as well as online via GoToMeeting. The first class (Monday - Wednesday) will be .NET Training for VFP Developers.  The second class (Thursday & Friday) will be Converting VFP Applications to .NET.

These two events will be taught by industry renowned expert, author, speaker, and MVP Claudio Lassala, as well as senior developer and creator of much of the VFP2NET toolset, Mike Yeager. 

In the first class, attendees will learn an overview of Visual Studio and the .NET Platform from a VFP perspective, C# and VB.NET, WPF & Silverlight, Windows and Web applications, and much, much more.. The second class will discuss overall strategies, planning, architecting and real world techniques for converting existing VFP applications to .NET. (The full agenda is below.) Attendees will also get the opportunity to discuss their projects and have their questions personally answered by both Claudio Lassala and Mike Yeager.

Costs are the same for either on-site or remote access:
  Only $749 for the 3-day .NET Training for VFP Developers class - March 16 - 18.  To register for the 3-day class only, click here
  Only $599 for the 2-day Converting VFP Applications to .NET class - March 19 & 20.  To register for the 2-day class only, click here
  Or attend BOTH classes for a discounted price of only $1,199! To register for both classes, click here

Registration is extremely limited. For more information please e-mail or call Patrick at 832-717-4445 x 32.
Discounts are available for companies who have previously attended our classes.  Call Patrick for details. Please note that all sales are final.

Monday - March 16, 2009
Introduction to .NET and Visual Studio

9:00 – 9:20 Introduction Claudio Lassala
9:20 – 10:00 Overview of Visual Studio and the .NET Platform from a VFP Perspective
This session provides a general overview of .NET. What are the main features? How does development compare to development in VFP? Why is .NET so important?
Claudio Lassala
10:00 – 10:15 BREAK  
10:15 – 12:00 The Main Languages: C# and Visual Basic
No matter what you do in .NET, you likely need to know some C# or VB.NET, or both. This part of the training will get you started.
Claudio Lassala
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 – 15:30 Object-Oriented Development
Object-Oriented development is second nature for many VFP developers. .NET's object model is an evolution of VFP's object model, so most people will feel right at home. But there are differences.
Claudio Lassala
15:30 – 15:45 BREAK  
15:45 – 17:00 Databases and Data Access in .NET vs. Visual FoxPro
Data handling is one of VFP's great strengths. How does it work in .NET? This is the question this session will answer by providing an overview of SQL Server and ADO.NET.
Claudio Lassala

Tuesday - March 17, 2009
Developing a .NET Application in Visual Studio
9:00 – 10:30 Building Business Logic
The logic components are the heart of every application. This session shows how to build and quality control (test) the center-piece of every application
Claudio Lassala
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 – 12:00 The Basics of Building a Windows Application
This session focuses on building a Windows interface layer (WinForms) on top of the previously created business logic.
Claudio Lassala
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 – 14:30 Threading and Security
This session presents two important features not available in VFP.  Today's user expects the application to always be responsive and threading can accomplish this. We will also explore how to implement .NET's built-in security features.
Claudio Lassala
14:30 – 14:45 BREAK  
14:45 – 15:45 Building a Web Application
This session focuses on building an HTMLbased Web Application (ASP.NET Web Forms) on top of the previously created business logic.
Claudio Lassala
15:45 – 16:00 BREAK  
16:00 – 17:00 Building a Web Service Interface
Over the last few years, Web Services have become a central part of software development. This session shows how to build a web-service based interface on top of the previously created business logic.
Claudio Lassala

Wednesday - March 18, 2009
Advanced Concepts & Technologies
9:00 – 10:30 Advanced Object-Oriented Development 
.NET offers a lot more object-oriented features than what VFP has, and many of them are core to writing code in .NET: Interfaces, Generics, Delegates, Events, just to name a few.
Claudio Lassala
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 – 12:00 New UI Technologies - WPF & Sliverlight
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight are at the center of Microsoft's vision for the UI moving forward. More than just "Flash on steroids", Silverlight is building client side browser applications with Visual Studio. Take a look at how WPF and Silverlight give applications a modern look.
Claudio Lassala
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 – 14:45 Building Composite WPF Applications
If you build any application that goes beyond "Hello World", it's likely that you create composite applications. Prism allows for applications to be built with proper separation of concerns, promoting loose coupling, extensibility, and testability.

MVC MVC is Microsoft's implementation of the Model View Controller design pattern for ASP.NET web applications.
Claudio Lassala
14:45 – 15:00 BREAK  
15:00 - 16:15 WCF
Windows Communication Foundation goes beyond web services and is the basis for Microsoft's Software + Services model.      

Software + Services
Developing for Mobile, Surface and other Devices as well as Cloud computing with the new Microsoft Azure OS
Mike Yeager
16:15 - 16:30 BREAK
16:30 - ?? Bonus Q&A
Get your questions answered!
Claudio Lassala & Mike Yeager

Thursday - March 19, 2009
Conversion Strategies and Integrating .NET and SQL with VFP
9:00 – 10:30 VFP to .NET Migration
The Strategy of VFP Migrations, with much information accessible also to non-technical business managers. This session will be a detailed overview, based on best practices and real world experience of the optimal way to transition a mission critical application from any version of FoxPro to .NET and SQL Server.
Mike Yeager
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 – 12:00 VFP with SQL Server
In many incremental conversions it makes sense to port the database from DBF files to SQL Server while retaining the VFP application. This session shows you what's available, what the pitfalls are and how to decide if this is the right approach.
Mike Yeager
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 – 14:30 A Survey of Conversion Products & Tools & Techniques
This session presents products and tools available for integrating .NET into VFP, integrating VFP into .NET, converting from VFP to .NET and even compiling .NET code from VFP source. 
Mike Yeager
14:30 – 14:45 BREAK  
14:45 – 17:00 Open Discussion / Q & A
Roundtable discussion of the challenges of converting a VFP application to .NET.

Time permitting, we’ll also discuss:

Productivity Tools
A survey of the tools we've found most useful for developing software quickly, efficiently and with higher quality.
Mike Yeager & Claudio Lassala

Friday - March 20, 2009
Converting a VFP Application to SQL & .NET
9:00 – 10:30 Evaluating the Application & Developing a Plan
This session introduces a minimally functional VFP application written in a typical VFP-oriented fashion. It shows how to develop a strategy for doing a conversion to .NET. Throughout the rest of the day we demonstrate a hands-on conversion of this application into .NET and SQL Server.
Mike Yeager
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 – 12:00 Converting the Database & the Migration Process
This session focuses on the differences between databases designed for VFP and those designed for .NET. Using the sample application database and some conversion tools we create a new DB optimized for SQL Server and create the process for migrating the data, taking the changes into account.
Mike Yeager
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 – 14:30 Converting Reports to SSRS
Modern report engines typically give developers the option of running reports purely server-side or client side, the way VFP did it. This session goes through the process of converting both the layouts and the logic to SSRS and SQL Server, emphasizing server-side reporting.
Mike Yeager
14:30 – 14:45 BREAK  
14:45 – 15:45 Building a Solution Structure & Framework
Using the Milos Solution Platform framework and building blocks, this session implements a Visual Studio Solution structure, and implements a custom inheritance level. A main window, navigation and role-based security system are implemented.
Mike Yeager
15:45 – 16:00 BREAK  
16:00 – 17:00 Converting Forms & Business Logic
This session separates business logic from UI and uses tools to implement the business objects and forms. The two are then integrated and brought into the main application completing the conversion of the sample application.
Mike Yeager

At a Glance:

When: Monday, March 16, 2009 (5 days)
Price: $1,199

Venue Information

EPS Software Corp
6605 Cypresswood Drive, Suite 300
Spring, TX 77379

Phone: 832-717-4445 ext 32