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Book of VB .NET: .NET Insight for VB Developers: NET Insight for the VB Developer [Paperback]

Matthew MacDonald

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11 Jan 2002 1886411824 978-1886411821 1

Built on the Microsoft .NET framework, Visual Basic .NET allows programmers to create everything from full-featured Internet applications to sophisticated Windows programs with the latest eye- catching interfaces. This comprehensive guide is organized into a series of lightning tours and real- world examples, covering web development, XML, databases, and user interface design. Each chapter begins with an overview of changes from Visual Basic 6. The book also includes extra code examples, references to additional online material, and helpful tips about planning, design, and architecture.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (11 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886411824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886411821
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,872,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest version of Visual Basic is VB.NET, and it's focused like a laser on Microsoft's.NET way of implementing Web Services and other distributed applications. The Book of VB.NET shows how to use the latest version of Visual Basic to satisfy customer requirements of this sort, using.NET capabilities not for their own sake, but as a means of writing better applications that result in happier customers.

However, most of the people who crank up VB.NET aren't so much interested in using.NET as they are in satisfying their customers' requirements. More often than not, these have to do with accessing a database across a network and providing users--probably a couple of different kinds of them--with an attractive, speedy, and easy-to-use client interface.

Designed for people with an understanding of how things used to be done in Visual Basic, some exposure to the .NET excitement, or a combination of the two, this book assumes less background knowledge than you might think. Matthew MacDonald is tremendously careful to introduce concepts (such as three-tier design of applications, custom exceptions, or ActiveX controls) with a combination of code and explanatory text. Combinations like this help ensure that the reader develops a practical understanding of the subjects at hand--a result of entering and compiling samples--as well as an academic understanding of why things are done as they are. He keeps one eye on the practical aspects of everything, as well, so trust his advice if you're designing your first VB.NET applications for customers. --David Wall

Topics covered: The VB.NET way of building software applications, including coverage of user interface design, VB-style object orientation, database access via ADO.NET, flat data files (including XML files), and deployment of distributed applications. The coverage of multithreading is particularly nice.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for experienced VB developers who don't know .NET 28 Feb 2002
By sean birmingham - Published on Amazon.com
The unique cover of this book caught my eye and the excellent writing kept me reading.
Experienced VB developers will immediately be thankful to Matthew MacDonald for assuming his audience is VB savvy and in no mood to again be �introduced� to the concept of the IDE and the If-Then-Else statement. The author begins his book with an introduction of the philosophical differences between the .NET framework and classic Visual Studio. He then moves onto .NET terminology and concepts. To his credit, Mr. MacDonald does a good job of addressing the �why� questions one might have of .NET before introducing the �how-to� solutions. Personally, this put me into a .NET comfort zone, which I expect, many .NET first-time users will appreciate. The author intentionally steers away from building useless �Hello World� applications and instead focuses on piecemeal snippets of code that highlight exactly the topic at hand. I�ve purchased many technical books on a variety of subjects and, by far, this one has been the most readable.
In my opinion, this is a must-have for experienced VB programmers who want an introduction to the philosophy, concepts, jargon and syntax of the .NET framework and VB.NET.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks VERY well & clearly to Experienced VB Developers 29 Mar 2002
By Julia Lerman - Published on Amazon.com
First plus of this book: ONE AUTHOR. Therefore there is a consistent "voice" throughout the book. He writes as though you are having a conversation and explains things in a way that was easy for me (a VB programmer with many years of VB and many more of other xBase languages) to understand. Additionally, when he is explaining a topic and mentions another process that might be new to a VB programmer, he will address that right away. Even if just to say, "by the way, that other thing I mentioned is explained in Chapter 10". My big test for this book was if someone could FINALLY explain "delegates" to me, and he passed with flying stars. I have read two magazine articles and two chapters from other books on this topic and they were like reading physics manuals. So MacDonald has me as a new fan!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to move to VB.Net, Buy This Book! 9 Oct 2002
By NDRugby - Published on Amazon.com
This book was terrific. I usually do not read technical books cover to cover, I usually just go to the chapters I need when I need them. However, this book was so good, that I read every page. The author does a terrific job of explaining the differences between VB and VB.Net. It has great examples and terrific insight into .Net, OOP, Bugproofing and error handling, XML, databases, ado.net, and much more. If you are serious about becoming a VB.NET developer, you must have this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure!! 22 Aug 2002
By Dr. Martin Y. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
I'm converting from VB6. I've bought a few books on VB .NET including those by Balena and Connell. This book suits me perfectly. It is very clear, sufficiently comprehensive with a very readable and pleasant style without being patronizing or clever clever. The best introduction to the new IDE I've come across and then it gets even better. I greatly appreciate Matthew MacDonald's obvious expertise and his ability to communicate it. I haven't written many revues but this book deserves one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful Treatment of VB.Net 1 July 2002
By A. Noel - Published on Amazon.com
The author accomplishes exactly what he set out to do, provide insight into VB.Net. Lots of good code samples that work as advertised and support the book's discussion. This book is not a rehash of the product documentation it goes way beyond to show you how things actually work and how you can use them. Very good code samples from a best practices point of view.
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