ADO.NET 4.0 "Hands on Labs" w/ RADO Laboratories
Hi Ratko, as promised I wanted to give you an idea of the topics I am planning on creating for this series of lessons (with your help). See the PDF attachment titled "ADONET_Outline.pdf" for the lesson titles as well as a brief outline of the main points I hope to cover in each lesson. Some of these I will create on my own, and others I will "outsource" to you and possibly other authors.
Your assignment: create three labs (as described below) to determine if your initial cost estimate of $100 per lab / lesson was accurate. I will pay up to $300 for these three lessons:
1.4 Working with Connections and Connection Strings
1.5 Managing Database Connections
1.6 Working with Commands and the DataReader
IMPORTANT!!! SEE THE ATTACHED PDF FOR AN OUTLINE FOR THESE LESSONS!!! I can't accept labs that do not follow the outline for each lesson in the "ADONET_Outline.pdf" document.
ALSO!!! ONLY DO THESE THREE LESSONS FOR NOW!!! I WILL NOT PAY FOR ANY OTHER LESSONS YOU CREATE ... YET!
... see below how they fit into the overall outline, and use that to gauge what the user should have already covered or already know (and don't worry, I'm going to edit it all so that it fits together more cohesively ... just do the best you can).
Just a reminder that I'm looking for a very specific style which I call "Hands On Lab" ... similar to how Microsoft creates "Hands On Labs" on their websites. Specifically, they are characterized by:
(1) Step-by-step instructions that are intended to be followed along with by the learner
(2) Lots of screen shots
(3) Simple code examples
(4) Simple, straight-forward explanations
Download and install the trial of ScreenSteps:
IMPORTANT: Please export your finished lesson to Package (PKG) format. In the future, we may do it differently, but to get started this will be a simple way to export / import.
Attached is a lab I created to reference for the writing style. You can import the "package" version (.sslspkg) into ScreenSteps. The PDF version shows you the output of the Export feature.
If we decide to continue to work together after this initial "trial" project, then I'll purchase a full license for you to use ScreenSteps. It will be yours to keep in hopes that we'll be working together on lots of additional tutorial projects. :)
Please use Visual C# 2010 Express Edition and create Windows Console applications ... since these labs are aimed at absolute beginners, I want to choose to use the "free" Visual Studio tool (which, as you know, is pretty full featured, and someone with a full version of Visual Studio will be able to follow along, too). We're targeting the latest version, so any new features in 4.0 are "fair game" (except Entity Framework, LINQ, Linq to SQL or LINQ to Entities … I'll cover those in a different series).
If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll try to answer as quickly as possible. I'm GMT -6, so please keep that in mind ... when you're working, I might still be sleeping. :)