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Professional VB.NET [Kindle Edition]

Fred Barwell , Richard Case , Bill Forgey , Billy Hollis , Tim McCarthy , Jonathan Pinnock , Richard Blair , Jonathan Crossland , Whitney Hankison , Rockford Lhotka , Jan D. Narkiewicz , Rama Ramachandran , Matthew Reynolds , John Roth , Bill Sheldon , Bill Sempf
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Book Description

What is this book about?

.NET is designed to provide a new environment within which you can develop almost any application to run on Windows (and possibly in the future on other platforms). Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is likely to be a very popular development tool for use with this framework. VB.NET is a .NET compliant language and, as such, has (except for legacy reasons) almost identical technical functionality as the new C# language and Managed Extensions for C++. Using VB.NET, you can develop a dynamic Web page, a component of a distributed application, a database access component, or a classic Windows desktop application.

In order to incorporate Visual Basic into the .NET Framework, a number of new features have been added to it. In fact, the changes are so extensive that VB.NET should be viewed as a new language rather than simply as Visual Basic 7. However, these changes were necessary to give developers the features that they have been asking for: true object orientated programming, easier deployment, better interoperability, and a cohesive environment in which to develop applications.

What does this book cover?

In this book, we cover VB.NET virtually from start to finish: We begin by looking at the .NET Framework, and end by looking at best practices for deploying .NET applications. In between, we look at everything from database access to integration with other technologies such as XML, along with investigating the new features in detail. You will see that VB.NET has emerged as a powerful yet easy to use language that will allow you to target the Internet just as easily as the desktop.

This book explains the underlying philosophy and design of the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime (CLR) and explains the differences between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET.

You will learn how to

  • Develop applications and components using Visual Studio .NET
  • Effectively apply inheritance and interfaces when designing objects and components
  • Organize your code using namespaces
  • Handle errors using the Try...Catch...Finally structure
  • Access data using ADO.NET and bind controls to the underlying data sources
  • Create Windows applications and custom Windows controls
  • Interoperate with COM and ActiveX components
  • Create transactional and queuing components
  • Use .NET Remoting to send serialized objects between clients and servers
  • Create Windows Services
  • Use VB.NET to access information on the Web
  • Create and consume Web Services
  • Secure your applications and code using the tools provided in the .NET Framework SDK
  • Arrange your applications and libraries in assemblies and deploy them using Visual Studio .NET

Who is this book for?

This book is aimed at experienced Visual Basic developers who want to make the transition to VB.NET.

What do you need to use this book?

Although it is possible to create VB.NET applications using the command lines tools contained in the .NET Framework SDK, you will need Visual Studio .NET (Professional or higher), which includes the .NET Framework SDK, to use this book to the full.

Here are some additional notes on what you may need:

  • Some chapters make use of SQL Server 2000. However, you can also run the example code using MSDE (Microsoft Data Engine), which ships with Visual Studio .NET.
  • Several chapters make use of Internet Information Services (IIS). IIS ships with Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP, although it is not installed by default.
  • Chapter 18 makes use of MSMQ to work with queued transactions. MSMQ ships with Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP, although it is not installed by default.

Product Description

From the Publisher

This book is primarily aimed at experienced Visual Basic developers who want to make the transition to VB.NET. It will also be of benefit to programmers with a good grounding in VB.NET who want to step up to a professional level.

From the Back Cover

What you need to know

This book is primarily aimed at experienced Visual Basic® developers who are looking for an introduction to Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework.

What you will learn from this book

This book explains the underlying philosophy and design of the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime, and details the differences between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop applications and components using Visual Studio® .NET
  • Effectively apply inheritance and interfaces when designing objects and components
  • Organize your code using namespaces
  • Handle errors using the Try...Catch...Finally structure
  • Access data using ADO.NET and bind controls to the underlying data sources
  • Create Windows applications and custom Windows controls
  • Interoperate with COM and ActiveX components
  • Create transactional and queuing components
  • Use .NET Remoting to exchange serialized objects between clients and servers
  • Create Windows Services
  • Use Visual Basic .NET to access information on the Web
  • Create and consume Web Services
  • Secure your applications and code using the tools provided in the .NET Framework SDK
  • Arrange your applications and libraries in assemblies and deploy them using Visual Studio .NET

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15588 KB
  • Print Length: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (21 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A4FFFU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,739,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 16 Dec. 2002
Format:Paperback
If you are an existing VB6 developer looking to move into .NET, this book is really worthwhile. It gives a good overview of the CLR, then moves into real object programming. The descriptions of inheritance are great (lots to learn here), and examples are compared to VB6 along the way. There is an introduction to XML/XSL, and a chapter on ADO.NET.This is excellent, showing how to build a data abstraction layer. I especially enjoyed the chapters on COM/.NET interop and COM+. The best thing about this book is that you can read it cover to cover, or jump into the sections that are of more interest without losing the thread. For under 1000 pages I think they have produced a top class product. It may not delve into miniscule detail ,but it will certainly give you more than enough to start writing productive applications. In many cases I found myself querying their explanations, only to find a clarification slightly further into the text. I get the feeling they know exactly what you want to know, and how to deliver it. Superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of extremes 28 April 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The greatest strength and also the greatest weakness of this book, is thatit consists of a lot of authors covering a lot of ground. In the case oflaying the foundations for understanding the .NET Framework, it does anexcellent job. The explanations of the architectural thinking thatunderlies .NET and the CLR (Common Language Runtime) are excellent andinformative. If you're coming from VB6 to VB.NET then you really need toknow this information. In fact most of the more abstract (sic) topics aredelivered well along with great chapters on XML, ASP.NET, ADO.NET and (joyof joys) Component Services.
The traditional areas of VB however, are another story. Two areas wherethis book fell down for me (particulary given it being my raison d'etrefor purchasing) was in the area of Data Binding and Windows Forms. Thechapters on these topics are extremely poor in content. True, I'm comingat this book as someone who has spent the last three months living XML WebServices and a year's experience of ASP.NET behind that, but vitalinformation is missing. In the Windows Forms section there is allusion tothe life cycle of Forms at runtime without any suggestion of the best wayto handle this in your applications! This is analogous to explaining whattransmission does in a car without bothering to explain how the clutch isused. The data binding section whets the appetite with datagrids thenfails to actually deliver anything useful (like how to bind specificcolumns).
There is however a wealth of information here which should be good atgetting anybody not writing rich client applications up to speed. VB6developers that haven't yet moved to .NET really should read this for thewindow (sic) it opens up on the .NET world. It's worth keeping as areference and would have got 5 stars but for the nearly useless DataBinding and Windows Forms chapters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad 27 Aug. 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was my first book I bought for learning VB.Net. The subject is covered well but having diferent contributers gave me the feeling that it was a little disjointed in its style. I still have it and refer to it but I prefered Deitel's "How to program" a better book.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars you have got to be joking 9 Dec. 2003
Format:Paperback
I bought this book several months ago, I have just been doing a search on Amazon for a good .NET book, I would consider myself to be at least reasonably technical having worked with VB6 for several years but I found this book very daunting, also I found it very disjointed - possibly because of so many contributors, it might suit the kind of person who eat lives and sleeps computers, but for the more everyday programmer who just wants to get up to speed with .NET reasonably quickly and coming from a VB6 background I think this book is a bad choice especially at the price and if you have no technical background at all then definitely forget it.
Not saying this is a bad book but it's not user friendly and really find it hard to fathom how it got so many 5 star reviews!?
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10 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book 27 Jun. 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is very good; I take you into the dept off VB.NET. And it shows you how you can do things. It also gives you many small examples; you can jump into any part off the book read a section and do the example without have to do other examples as well. After you have been reading it you can use the book as reference material, because it goes into depths.
A other thing about this book is that you can actual read it without have to test the solutions or be sitting in front off a PC, so you can basically read it on a holiday.
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