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  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 704
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-065207-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-065207-2

Leverage your Visual C++ skills in advanced .NET development.

  • Leverage your Visual C++ skills to build advanced .NET applications and Web services
  • Covers managed code, COM/Win32 interoperability, Windows Forms, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, SOAP, XML, security, and more
  • Running case study: build a complete system using Visual C++ and .NET

Now, experienced Visual C++ developers can leverage their existing skills to create state-of-the-art .NET applications! .NET Architecture and Programming Using Visual C++ introduces the .NET Framework and programming model from the perspective of the Visual C++ developer, then presents breakthrough techniques for building Windows(r) and Web systems with maximum power and performance. Through extensive examples and a book-length case study, it helps you master every facet of Visual C++ .NET development—from data access to debugging, managed code to COM/Win32 interoperability.

  • Managed C++ programming: interfaces, delegates, events, and .NET Framework interactions
  • User interface programming with Visual C++ .NET and the new Windows Forms classes
  • Assemblies and other tools for building simpler, more robust Windows applications
  • .NET metadata, serialization, threading, attributes, asynchronous programming, remoting, and memory management
  • ADO.NET: Accessing both relational and XML-based data
  • Building Web applications and services with Visual C++ .NET, ASP.NET, and SOAP
  • Securing .NET applications: Code Access Security, declarative security, and more
  • In-depth coverage of interoperability with legacy Windows applications

Part of The Integrated .NET Series from Object Innovations and Prentice Hall PTR.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each Chapter ends with Summary.



About this Series.

1. What Is Microsoft .NET?

Microsoft and the Web. Windows on the Desktop. A New Programming Platform. The Role of XML.

2. .NET Fundamentals.

Problems of Windows Development. Applications of the future. .NET Overview.

3. Managed C++ Programming.

How C++ Fits into the .NET World. Enabling C++ Managed Extensions. First Managed C++ .NET Programs. Mapping C++ to the CLS and the .NET Framework. C++ Programming for the .NET Platform. Exception Handling. C++ Attributes.

4. Object-Oriented Programming in Managed C++.

Review of Object-Oriented Concepts. Acme Travel Agency Case Study: Design. Inheritance in Managed C++. Inheritance Fundamentals. Acme Travel Agency Case Study: Implementation.

5. Managed C++ in the .NET Framework.

System: Object. Collections. ArrayList Example. Interfaces. Generic Interfaces in .NET. Delegates. Events.

6. User Interface Programming.

Windows Forms Hierarchy. Simple Forms Using .NET SDK. Windows Forms Event Handling. Menus. Controls. Visual Studio.NET and Forms. Dialog Boxes. ListBox Control. Acme Travel Agency Case Study - Step 3.

7. Assemblies and Deployment.

Assemblies. Private Assembly Deployment. Shared Assembly Deployment. Assembly Configuration. Multi-module Assemblies. Deploying the Case Study. Setup and Deployment Projects.

8. .NET Framework Classes.

Metadata and Reflection. Input and Output in .NET. Serialization. .NET Application Model. Context. Application Isolation. Asynchronous Programming. Remoting. Custom Attributes. Garbage Collection.

9. Programming with ADO.NET.

Data Providers. The Visual Studio.NET Server Explorer. Getting Connected. Data Readers. Parameters Collection. SqlDataAdapter and the DataSet Class. DataSet Collections. Dataset Fundamentals. Database Transactions and Updates. Working with Datasets. Acme Travel Agency Case Study. XML Data Access. AirlineBrokers Database.

10. ASP.NET and Web Forms.

What Is ASP.NET? Web Forms Architecture. Request/Response Programming. Case Study. ASP.NET Applications. State in ASP.NET Applications. ASP.NET Configuration. More About ASP.NET.

11. Web Services.

Protocols. Web Service Architecture. SOAP Formatting Differences. WebService Class. Using the Managed C++ Web Service Template. The Arithmetic Web Service. Hotel Broker Web Service.

12. ATL Server Web Sites and Web Services.

History of Dynamic Web Content Technologies. ATL Server Applications. ATL Server Application Architecture. Creating an ATL Server Project. Creating an ATL Server Web Service Project.

13. Security.

User-Based Security. Code Access Security. Internet Security. Role-Based Security in .NET. Code Access Permissions. Code Identity. Security Policy.

14. Tracing and Debugging in .NET.

The TraceDemo Example. Deploying TraceDemo.exe.config. Using the Debug and Trace Classes. Using Switches to Enable Diagnostics. Enabling or Disabling Switches. TraceListener. Listeners Collection.

15. Mixing Managed and Unmanaged Code.

Comparing Managed and Unmanaged Code. Managed and Unmanaged Reference and Value Types. Restrictions on Using Managed Types in C++. Calling Across the Managed/Unmanaged Boundary. Comparing C++ Programming in COM and .NET. Accessing COM Components from Managed Code. Accessing Managed Components from COM Clients. Platform Invocation Services (PInvoke).

Appendix A. Visual Studio.NET.

Overview of Visual Studio.NET. Creating a Console Application. Project Configurations. Debugging. Summary.




For several years, Microsoft Visual C++ has been used as the ultimate power tool for Windows software development. Although it requires a substantial investment in acquiring the necessary skills, Visual C++ allows you to do certain things that are just not possible in other programming languages. Now that the .NET world is upon us, it is exciting to know that you can continue to apply Microsoft Visual C++, along with its new managed C++ extensions, to new development efforts to achieve the highest possible power and performance. Managed C++ can be used to develop .NET assemblies and to create amazing new desktop programs, web applications, and web services. Unmanaged C++ can also be used to build ATL Server based Web sites and services.

.NET represents a sea change for Microsoft Windows software development. .NET also represents a significant learning challenge for Microsoft Windows programmers. The new platform includes new C++ language extensions as well as an enormous class library, the .NET Framework.

This book is practical, with many examples and a case study that is used as a realistic demonstration that continues through many of the chapters. The goal is to equip you to begin building significant applications using Visual C++ and the .NET Framework. The book is part of The Integrated .NET Series from Object Innovations and Prentice Hall PTR.


The book is organized into five major parts and is structured to make it easy for you to navigate to what you need to learn. The first part, chapters 1 and 2, provides an overview that should be read by everyone. It answers the big question, What is Microsoft .NET?, and outlines the programming model of the .NET Framework.

The second part, chapters 3 to 5, covers programming with managed C++. Even if you are familiar with traditional C++, you will want to read these chapters. Chapter 4 introduces the C++ managed extensions. The case study, which is elaborated throughout the entire book, is introduced in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 covers the important topics of interfaces, delegates, and events. This chapter also describes important interactions between managed C++ and the .NET Framework.

The third part, chapters 6 to 9, covers important fundamental topics in the .NET Framework. Chapter 6 covers user interface programming using the Windows Forms classes. Chapter 7 discusses assemblies and deployment, which constitute a major advance in the simplicity and robustness of deploying Windows applications, ending the notorious situation known as "DLL hell." Chapter 8 introduces important .NET Framework classes, including the topics of metadata, serialization, threading, attributes, asynchronous programming, remoting, and memory management. Chapter 9 covers ADO.NET, which provides a consistent set of classes for accessing both relational and XML data.

The fourth part of the book provides an in-depth introduction to Web programming using ASP.NET and SOAP. Chapter 10 introduces the fundamentals of ASP.NET, including the use of Web Forms, for development of Web sites. Chapter 11 covers SOAP and Web Services, which provide an easy-to-use and robust mechanism for heterogeneous systems to interoperate. Chapter 12 shows how to program with the ATL Sever template library to create both Web servers and Web Services.

The final part of the book covers additional important topics in the .NET Framework. Chapter 13 covers the topic of security in detail, including code access security and declarative security. Chapter 14 introduces the debug and trace classes provided by .NET. Chapter 15 covers interoperability of .NET with legacy COM and with Win32 applications.

Sample Programs

The only way to really learn a major framework is to read and write many programs, including some of reasonable size. This book provides many small programs that illustrate pertinent features of .NET in isolation, which makes them easy to understand. The programs are clearly labeled in the text, and they can all be found in the software distribution that accompanies this book.

A major case study, the Acme Travel Agency, is progressively developed in most of the chapters 4 through 12. It illustrates many features of managed C++ and .NET working in combination, as they would in a practical application.

The sample programs are provided in a self-extracting file on the book's Web site. When expanded, a directory structure is created, whose default root is c:\OI\NetCpp. The sample programs, which begin with the second chapter, are in directories Chap02, Chap03, and so on. All the samples for a given chapter are in individual folders within the chapter directories. The names of the folders are clearly identified in the text. An icon in the margin alerts you to a code example. Each chapter that contains a step of the case study has a folder called CaseStudy, containing that step. If necessary, there is a readme.txt file in each chapter directory to explain any instructions necessary for getting the examples to work.

This book is part of The Integrated .NET Series. The sample programs for other books in the series are located in their own directories underneath \OI, so all the .NET examples from all books in the series will be located in a common area as you install them.

These programs are furnished solely for instructional purposes and should not be embedded in any software product. The software (including instructions for use) is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.


The book and the associated code were developed with Beta 2 of the .NET Framework. Microsoft has indicated that this version of .NET is close to what will be the final version. Nonetheless, changes will be made before .NET is released. The code in the examples has been verified to work with Windows 2000. Database code has been verified with SQL Server 2000. Several examples in the database and security chapters have machine names embedded in connection strings or role names. When trying to run these examples, you will have to replace those names with the appropriate name for your machine. To make installation easy, the database examples run with user name "sa" and without a password. Needless to say, in a real system you should never have any login id without a password or have a database application use sa to log into a database.


The web site for the book series is


A link is provided at that Web site for downloading the sample programs for this book. Additional information about .NET technology is available at


The book sample programs are available at this Web site as well.

The Web site for the book will also have a list of .NET learning resources that will be kept up to date.


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