Professional VB.NET (Programmer to programmer) Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!?