This course provides students with the essential skills to build database applications using modern development technologies and practices.
Database applications are critical technologies in any organization. These applications enable retrieving and updating of data in a database, while providing an easy and intuitive interface to the users. A well-designed application separates code into three layers of presentation, business logic, and data access which allows for easy maintenance, scalability and modifications.
Using Microsoft .NET technology, C# programming language and Visual Studio IDE, this course covers ADO.NET in depth, from Rapid Application Development with datasets, through creating three-layer Windows Forms applications with connections, commands and data readers, to working with object data sources and Entity Framework.
The database used in this course in Microsoft SQL Server, but the same techniques can be applied to work with any database management system like Oracle, MySQL or PostgreSQL.
Database programming concepts covered in this course are transferable to other programming environments, like Java and Ruby.
All instruction is instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:
- In Class - all classes are taught in a classroom lab.
- Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
- Blended - delivery is both in a classroom lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.
It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.
- Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).
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Course Level Learning Outcomes
- Create RAD database application prototypes and professional three-layer windows applications capable of processing and manipulating data from a database
Topics of Instruction
- ADO.NET Introduction
- DataSets and the DataSet Designer
- Bound controls and parameterized queries
- Connections and commands
- Object data source
- LINQ to SQL
- Introduction to Entity Framework
- Rapid Application Development Technique
- Three-layer Design Development Technique
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Recommendations and Requirements
Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.
Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.
Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.
- Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
- Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
- Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
For online and blended delivery, students should have access to their own computer with required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors). Students should test their environment prior to the start of class to ensure everything is working properly.
It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.
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