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Mastering Visual Basic.NET Paperback – 7 Jan 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; Pap/Cdr edition (7 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782128777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782128772
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 6.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,403,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

VB Programmers: Get in Step with .NET

With the introduction of Visual Basic .NET, VB transcends its traditional second–class status to become a full–fledged citizen of the object–oriented programming, letting you access the full power of the Windows platform for the first time. Written bythe author of the best–selling Mastering Visual Basic 6 this all–new edition is the resource you need to make a successful transition to .NET. Comprising in–depth explanations, practical examples, and handy reference information, its coverage includes:

  • Mastering the new Windows Forms Designer and controls
  • Building dynamic forms
  • Using powerful Framework classes such as ArrayLists and HashTables
  • Persisting objects to disk files
  • Handling graphics and printing
  • Achieving robustness via structured exception handling and debugging
  • Developing your own classes and extending existing ones via inheritance
  • Building custom Windows controls
  • Building menus and list controls with custom–drawn items
  • Using ADO.NET to build disconnected, distributed applications
  • Using SQL queries and stored procedures with ADO.NET
  • Facilitating database programming with the visual database tools
  • Building web applications with ASP.NET and the rich web controls
  • Designing web applications to access databases
  • Using the DataGrid and DataList web controls
  • Building XML web services to use with Windows and web applications
  • Special topics like the Multiple Document Interface and powerful recursive programming techniques

About the Author

Evangelos Petroutsos is a computer engineer who gained much of his experience at the California Institute of Technology and MCI. Currently, he writes computer books and works as a computer communications consultant. He has authored and co–authored dozens of programming titles, including the best–selling Mastering Visual Basic 6, Mastering Database Programming with Visual Basic, and Visual Basic 6 Developer′s Handbook, all from Sybex. A Visual Basic programmer since version 1, Evangelos has taught numerous VB courses and worked as a consultant on many VB projects.

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By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
As a professional VB5/6 developer I was looking for a book to fully explain the differences between VB6 and VB.NET to enable a swift transition into .Net programming. This book achieves that goal perfectly.
The book covers all areas of the framework, including the area I was most interested in (Inheritence/polymorhism). The areas covered are written in a clear concise manner with fully explained examples. I read sections of the book whilst on holiday and fully understood the lessons contained without writing a single line of code.
Technically the book is great, although it could have a bit more information about the .Net framework, having said this, no language can be learnt properly from a single book.
This book has become the technical foundation of my .Net collection a "must have" if you like.
I would personally recommend you have a working knowledge of VB5/6 prior to purchasing this book.
If you are a VB5/6 programmer and want to transition to VB.NET get this book!!
Imogen Deschamps
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By S. Bailey VINE VOICE on 21 July 2002
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I have had Angelos Petroutsos Mastering VB 6 for several years & always found it an excellent book. This was the only reason I purchased the .NET version of the book. There were a couple of disappointments with book. It did not go into enough detail about the .NET framework. It did not explain any of the code generated automatically such as forms code pre generated by the Forms Designer. None of this is essential, but I find that an explanation of what goes on in the background helps me to understand a topic better. Apart from that this is a very good book for beginners to more advanced users.
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Mr Petroutsos knows how to tell a story and I bet the book for VB6 was excellent. In fact, it would probably have got five stars, had I read it. He is not getting them for this. Some parts clearly have been written for Visual Basic .NET, but much clearly has been merely lifted from a Visual Basic 6 primer. The language has changed. Either the publishers/author were in a hurry, or the author just didn't test his code as thoroughly as he might. He does not exude incompetence.
If you have no experience of Visual Basic, or the time/patience to investigate, this book will lose you. Whatever you do, do not browse it without a keyboard nearby. His theory and code do make sense, but unfortunately not necessarily the one now settled on by Microsoft. I would not recommend this title.
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