CS1031 Visual Languages Applications Syllabus

CS 1031 VISUAL LANGUAGES AND APPLICATIONS 3 1 0 100
AIM
To study the principles and techniques of windows programming using MFC, procedures, resources, controls and database programming through the visual languages, Visual C++ and Visual Basic.

OBJECTIVES
i. To study about the concepts of windows programming models, MFC applications, drawing with the GDI, getting inputs from Mouse and the Keyboard.

ii. To study the concepts of Menu basics, menu magic and classic controls of the windows programming using VC++.

iii. To study the concept of Document/View Architecture with single & multiple document interface, toolbars, status bars and File I/O Serialization.

iv. To study about the integrated development programming event
driven programming, variables, constants, procedures and basic ActiveX controls in visual basic.

v. To understand the database and the database management system, visual data manager, data bound controls and ADO controls in VB.




1. FUNDAMENTALS OF WINDOWS AND MFC 9

Messages - Windows programming - SDK style - Hungarian notation and windows data types - SDK programming in perspective. The benefits of C++ and MFC - MFC design philosophy - Document/View architecture - MFC class hierarchy - AFX functions. Application object - Frame window object - Message map.

Drawing the lines – Curves – Ellipse – Polygons and other shapes. GDI pens – Brushes - GDI fonts - Deleting GDI objects and deselecting GDI objects. Getting input from the mouse: Client & Non-client - Area mouse messages - Mouse wheel - Cursor. Getting input from the keyboard: Input focus - Keystroke messages - Virtual key codes - Character & dead key messages.

2. RESOURCES AND CONTROLS 9
Creating a menu – Loading and displaying a menu – Responding to menu commands – Command ranges - Updating the items in menu, update ranges – Keyboard accelerators. Creating menus programmatically - Modifying menus programmatically - The system menu - Owner draw menus – Cascading menus - Context menus.

The C button class – C list box class – C static class - The font view application – C edit class – C combo box class – C scrollbar class. Model dialog boxes – Modeless dialog boxes.

3. DOCUMENT / VIEW ARCHITECTURE 9
The inexistence function revisited – Document object – View object – Frame window object – Dynamic object creation. SDI document template - Command routing. Synchronizing multiple views of a document – Mid squares application – Supporting multiple document types – Alternatives to MDI. Splitter Windows: Dynamic splitter window – Static splitter windows.

Creating & initializing a toolbar - Controlling the toolbar’s visibility – Creating & initializing a status bar - Creating custom status bar panes – Status bar support in appwizard. Opening, closing and creating the files - Reading & Writing – C file derivatives – Serialization basics - Writing serializable classes.


4. FUNDAMENTALS OF VISUAL BASIC 10
Menu bar – Tool bar – Project explorer – Toolbox – Properties window – Form designer – Form layout – Intermediate window. Designing the user interface: Aligning the controls – Running the application – Visual development and event driven programming.

Variables: Declaration – Types – Converting variable types – User defined data types - Lifetime of a variable. Constants - Arrays – Types of arrays. Procedures: Subroutines – Functions – Calling procedures. Text box controls – List box & Combo box controls – Scroll bar and slider controls – File controls.

5. DATABASE PROGRAMMING WITH VB 8
Record sets – Data control – Data control properties, methods. Visual data manager: Specifying indices with the visual data manager – Entering data with the visual data manager. Data bound list control – Data bound combo box – Data bound grid control. Mapping databases: Database object – Table def object, Query def object.
Programming the active database objects – ADO object model – Establishing a connection - Executing SQL statements – Cursor types and locking mechanism – Manipulating the record set object – Simple record editing and updating.

L = 45 T = 15 Total = 60

TEXT BOOKS
1. Jeff Prosise, ‘Programming Windows With MFC’, Second Edition, WP Publishers & Distributors [P] Ltd, Reprinted 2002.

2. Evangelos Petroutsos, ‘Mastering Visual Basic 6.0’, BPB Publications, 2002.

REFENENCE BOOKS
1. Herbert Schildt, ‘MFC Programming From the Ground Up’, Second Edition, Tata McGraw Hill, reprinted 2002.

2. John Paul Muller, ‘Visual C++ 6 From the Ground Up Second Edition’, Tata McGraw Hill, Reprinted 2002.

3. Curtis Smith & Micheal Amundsen, ‘Teach Yourself Database Programming with Visual Basic 6 in 21 days’, Techmedia Pub, 1999.
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