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Visual C# Express for Kids - Table of Contents


1. Introducing Visual C# Express

A Story About Bill and Paul 1-1
Let’s Get Started 1-4
Starting Visual C# Express 1-6
Opening a Visual C# Express Project 1-9​
Running a Visual C# Express Project 1-14
Stopping a Visual C# Express Project 1-19
Stopping Visual C# Express 1-20
Summary 1-21

2. The Visual C# Express Design Environment

Review and Preview 2-1
Parts of a Visual C# Express Project 2-2
Parts of the Visual C# Express Environment 2-5
Starting a New Visual C# Express Project 2-6
Main Window 2-7
Solution Explorer Window 2-9
Design Window 2-10
Toolbox Window 2-11
Properties Window 2-12
Moving Around in Visual C# Express 2-14
Solution Explorer Window 2-14
Properties Window 2-16
Code Window 2-18
Summary 2-21

3. Your First Visual C# Express Project

Review and Preview 3-1
Steps in Building a Visual C# Express Project 3-2
Placing Controls on the Form 3-4
Example 3-5
Setting Control Properties (Design Mode) 3-7
Naming Controls 3-11
Setting Properties in Run Mode 3-12
How Control Names are Used in Event Methods 3-15
Writing Event Methods 3-17
Example 3-19
Summary 3-27

4. Project Design, Forms, Buttons

Review and Preview 4-1
Project Design 4-2
Saving a Visual C# Express Project 4-4
On-Line Help 4-6
The Form Control 4-10
Properties 4-10
Example 4-11
Events 4-12
Typical Use of Form Control 4-13
Button Control 4-14
Properties 4-14
Example 4-16
Events 4-19
Typical Use of Button Control 4-19
C# - The First Lesson 4-20
Event Method Structure 4-20
Some C# Programming Rules 4-21
Assignment Statement 4-23
Property Types 4-24
Comments 4-27
Project - Form Fun 4-28
Project Design 4-28
Place Controls on Form 4-28
Set Control Properties 4-29
Write Event Methods 4-32
Run the Project 4-37
Other Things to Try 4-38
Summary 4-39

5. Labels, Text Boxes, Variables

Review and Preview 5-1
Debugging a Visual C# Express Project 5-2
Syntax Errors 5-3
Run-Time Errors 5-6
Logic Errors 5-12
Label Control 5-13
Properties 5-13
Example 5-14
Events 5-16
Typical Use of Label Control 5-17
Text Box Control 5-18
Properties 5-18
Example 5-19
Events 5-20
Typical Use of Text Box Control 5-21
C# - The Second Lesson 5-22
Variables 5-22
Variable Names 5-23
Variable Types 5-24
Declaring Variables 5-25
Type Casting 5-29
Arithmetic Operators 5-29
String/Number Conversion Methods 5-33
String Concatenation 5-37
Project - Savings Account 5-38
Project Design 5-38
Place Controls on Form 5-38
Set Control Properties 5-39
Write Event Methods 5-42
Run the Project 5-45
Other Things to Try 5-46
Summary 5-49

6. UpDown Controls, Decisions, Random Numbers

Review and Preview 6-1
Numeric UpDown Control 6-2
Properties 6-2
Example 6-4
Events 6-5
Typical Use of Numeric UpDown Control 6-5
C# - The Third Lesson 6-6
Logical Expressions 6-6
Comparison Operators 6-8
Logical Operators 6-11
Decisions - The If Statement 6-16
Random Number Generator 6-22
Project - Guess the Number Game 6-25
Project Design 6-25
Place Controls on Form 6-27
Set Control Properties 6-28
Write Event Methods 6-30
Run the Project 6-36
Other Things to Try 6-37
Summary 6-39

7. Icons, Group Boxes, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons

Review and Preview 7-1
Icons 7-2
Designing Your Own Icon with IconEdit 7-3
Assigning Icons to Forms 7-7
Group Box Control 7-8
Properties 7-8
Placing Controls in a Group Box 7-10
Example 7-11
Typical Use of Group Box Control 7-12
Check Box Control 7-13
Properties 7-13
Example 7-15
Events 7-15
Typical Use of Check Box Control 7-16
Radio Button Control 7-17
Properties 7-18
Example 7-19
Events 7-20
Typical Use of Radio Button Control 7-20
C# - The Fourth Lesson 7-21
Decisions – Switch Structure 7-21
Project - Sandwich Maker 7-24
Project Design 7-24
Place Controls on Form 7-25
Set Control Properties 7-26
Write Event Methods 7-33
Run the Project 7-43
Other Things to Try 7-44
Summary 7-46

8. Panels, Mouse Events, Colors

Review and Preview 8-1
Panel Control 8-2
Properties 8-2
Typical Use of Panel Control 8-3
Graphics Using the Panel Control 8-4
Graphics Methods 8-4
Graphics Objects 8-5
Colors 8-7
Example 8-10
Pen Objects 8-11
Graphics Coordinates 8-13
DrawLine Method 8-14
Graphics Review 8-16
Example 8-17
C# - The Fifth Lesson 8-22
Mouse Events 8-22
MouseDown Event 8-23
Example 8-25
MouseUp Event 8-28
Example 8-28
MouseMove Event 8-29
Example 8-30
Project - Blackboard Fun 8-31
Project Design 8-31
Place Controls on Form 8-32
Set Control Properties 8-33
Write Event Methods 8-37
Run the Project 8-44
Other Things to Try 8-46
Summary 8-50

9. Picture Boxes, Arrays

Review and Preview 9-1
Picture Box Control 9-2
Properties 9-2
Image Property 9-4
Example 9-6
SizeMode Property 9-11
Example 9-13
Events 9-16
Typical Use of Picture Box Control 9-17
C# - The Sixth Lesson 9-18
Variable Arrays 9-18
C# for Loops 9-21
Block Level Variables 9-26
Method Level Variables 9-27
Shuffle Routine 9-28
Project - Card Wars 9-34
Project Design 9-34
Place Controls on Form 9-35
Set Control Properties 9-36
Write Event Methods 9-41
Run the Project 9-50
Other Things to Try 9-51
Summary 9-52

10. Timers, Animation, Keyboard Events

Review and Preview 10-1
Timer Control 10-2
Properties 10-2
Events 10-3
Examples 10-3
Typical Use of Timer Control 10-11
C# - The Final Lesson 10-12
Animation - The DrawImage Method 10-12
Image Disappearance 10-17
Border Crossing 10-20
Image Erasure 10-25
Collision Detection 10-28
Keyboard Events 10-33
KeyDown Event 10-34
KeyPress Event 10-37
Project – Beach Balls 10-42
Project Design 10-42
Place Controls on Form 10-43
Set Control Properties 10-44
Write Event Methods 10-48
Run the Project 10-58
Other Things to Try 10-59
Summary 10-61

Bonus Projects

Preview B-1
Project 1 - Stopwatch B-2
Project 2 - Tic-Tac-Toe B-8
Project 3 - Dice Rolling B-22
Project 4 - State Capitals B-30
Project 5 - Memory Game B-43
Bonus Project - Pong! B-61