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Beginning VB.NET [Paperback]

Richard Blair , Jonathan Crossland , Matthew Reynolds , Thearon Willis
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Aug. 1 2002 0764543849 978-0764543845 2
What is this book about?

Visual Basic .NET is the latest version of the most widely used programming language in the world, popular with professional developers and complete beginners alike. This book will teach you Visual Basic .NET from first principles. You'll quickly and easily learn how to write Visual Basic .NET code and create attractive windows and forms for the users of your applications. To get you started on the road to professional development, you'll also learn about object-oriented programming, creating your own controls, working with databases, creating menus, and working with graphics.

This second edition has been thoroughly tested on the full release version of .NET. The book is written in the proven Wrox beginning style with clear explanations and plenty of code samples. Every new concept is explained thoroughly with Try It Out examples and there are end-of-chapter questions to test yourself.

What does this book cover?

In this book, you will learn how to

  • Install Visual Basic .NET
  • Write Visual Basic .NET code
  • Understand what the .NET Framework is and why it's important
  • Control the flow through your application with loops and branching structures
  • Create useful windows and screens
  • Create your own menus
  • Gain a complete understanding of object-oriented programming
  • Work with graphics
  • Create your own controls
  • Access databases with ADO.NET
  • Create applications for the Web

Who is this book for?
This book is aimed at readers who wish to learn to program using Visual Basic .NET. It assumes you have no prior experience of programming, but moves at a fast enough pace to be interesting if you have programmed in another language.

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This book is aimed at readers who wish to learn to program using Visual Basic .NET. It assumes you have no prior experience of programming, but moves at a fast enough pace to be interesting if you have programmed in another language.
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Microsoft® Visual Basic® is the most popular programming language in the world, with millions of lines of code used in businesses and applications of all types and sizes. With Visual Basic .NET, Microsoft introduces some fundamental new features, particularly the ability to program against the .NET Framework.

Keeping a constant view on real-life programming practices, Beginning VB.NET will guide you from your first Visual Basic .NET program right through to producing powerful, database driven applications for Windows and the Web.

This book is suitable whether you are new to programming, have some experience with other versions of Visual Basic, or are migrating to Windows programming from another platform. It will give you the thorough grounding you need to write real-world, commercial applications.

What you will learn from this book

This book will show you:

  • How to get up and running with the Visual Basic .NET or Visual Studio® .NET IDE
  • How to write Visual Basic .NET code
  • What the .NET Framework is and why it is important
  • How to use loops and branching structures so that your programs can make decisions
  • How to use menus, toolbars, dialog boxes, and other controls in your Windows programs
  • What object-oriented programming is, and what it means to you
  • How to create re-usable class libraries and user controls

What you need

This book is for developers who have access to Visual Studio .NET Professional or above, or Visual Basic .NET Standard.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Whether you’re taking your first steps in programming, or broadening your skills and knowledge, Wrox Beginning books provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

First, each concept is explained to give you a solid understanding of the material. Then, your new understanding is applied to practical examples – taking you to the point where you can develop professional applications that you can be proud of.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Learning Environment Oct. 4 2002
By A Customer
I am a Systems and Network Administrator who used Visual Basic 6.0 to automate many of the redundant tasks typical of this environment. I don't claim to be a "developer" but have been developing tools for a long time. I typically do not like WROX books but after sitting down at my local bookstore and plowing through 20 books on VB.NET, this one stood out. It has good examples that you can follow, it assumes you have basic programming/development skills and it is well written. If you are a developer by occupation this is probably not the book for you. For those of us who do not release our code to production environments this book has served me well by not being incredibly basic nor losing me in advanced topics.
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If you are a beginner to VB.NET or even a beginner to programming and are interested in creating a software application, this book will give you all the information you need to get started on this endeavor. By the time you reach the end of the book, you may have to supplement your knowledge of VB.NET by reading a few other books depending on the nature of the software application you are creating. But otherwise, if you want to buy just ONE book and learn VB.NET in under 10 days (enough to create Version 1 of your software application), this is the book for you.
Why is it such a great book for beginners? It explains all the necessary concepts in great detail and in a simple fashion. No prior programming experience is assumed and the authors do a terrific job of explaining all the concepts and use good examples. The sample code can be downloaded from the publisher's website and there is an excellent discussion group led by the authors and other industry experts to answer any questions you may have on VB.NET.
The book covers the following main topics - an introduction chapter, VB.NET development tool, basics of writing software, how to control the program flow, intro on objects, the .NET framework, how to build windows desktop applications, how to build web applications, how to access databases, how to access other applications using your custom application, etc.
Of course, if the application you are building is a complex one, this book is NOT sufficient. You need to supplement the knowledge gained through this book with the knowledge from a variety of other books. This is the unfortunate thing with the .NET technology as it stands right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading and buy this book April 21 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book a few days ago and due to other commitments I have only read up to chapter 4. During this reading, I wrote out every example in the book. To my surprise, not only did every example work, but I managed to remember so much more than I thought I would. I even went as far as to debug a friends application, with no assistance from any book. My total reading time thus far for ANY .NET book has been 3 days...and my only source of reading has been this book, and the online classes reference from VB Studio.NET.
I particularly like the fact that the book presents an idea, steps through the code and then details each section of code - what it does, how it works etc. This was very useful in understanding why things are structured the way they are.
I might also add that I have never programmed VB in any way before, making me a total newbie at this (my only other programming language is a little bit of Perl). Even if the other chapters turn out to be rubbish (which I very much doubt), then I would still say, this has been well worth the money. I have learnt (and retained) that much.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Go buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple. Clear. Straightforward. Dec 8 2002
By A Customer
I have spent a great deal of time browsing through a number of VB.Net books in a couple of my local bookstores. (Both have extensive technical book sections). This book caught my eye and I decided to browse through it. First off, I must say that in the bookstore I was "wowed" by quality of the content. After I got it home and started implementing the examples in the chapters, I can definitively say that this book is excellent.
My goal in my book search was to find a book that explained the VB.Net language as it pertained to the VB.Net development environment. I wanted a book that actually "showed" me how to navigate around the IDE while explaining nontrivial VB.Net concepts and examples, and discussing the language so that I would be able to write some programs after finishing it.
Some of the earlier chapters are geared to a beginning programmer (somewhat like me and even less so), yet the authors branch off and talk about relevant topics without falling off a limb. For example, in chapter 2 - "Writing Software", the authors discuss data types and give numerous examples of accessing the different properties of each. When they get the the Boolean datatype, they actually go into a juicy amount of detail about binary representations and even discuss binary math. Its just a few pages in length but it is darn appropriate and gives a nice overview into the topic at hand. However, they keep it moving and move on to the next appropriate topic with their usual clarity in writing.
I am now focusing on their chapter on "Building Objects" - chapter 4. I have to say that this chapter offers the clearest examples of classes that I have seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a VB.Net book
This book is geared towards teaching beginning programming skills. It just so happens that the authors chose VB .Net as the language. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by ansi6968@sprintpcs.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Best VB.NET book
I was trying to find a book that would extend my VB6 capabilities to VB.NET especially that the language has completely changed. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter
The book starts out a little slow for those who program in any other IDE but seems to pick up. It's well worded and easy to take in. Read more
Published on April 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A shallow beginner's book
As the title indicates, this book is for beginners. The first 3 chapters assume that you have no programming experience. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Non-VB Programmers Too!
This is the first time I am writing a review on a book. The book is excellent so far (read 5 chapters). Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Kamran Aftab
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best One
This book is the best to learn VB.net. It puts the reader on the track step by step. The authors used a very good methodology in defining VB.net variables. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by laouam
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't read this book yet, I am ordering it, but gotta agree from another posted review about the guy 2nd from the left, not only is his hair freaky but he looks psycho!
Published on Oct. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Galvanizing Hair!
I have never read this book, and I don't care about its contents. Just look at the second guy from the left on the cover. I want hair like that! That's why I gave it five stars.
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by David J. Stein
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but .....
The examples do not work exactly as shown. Good for a programmer from another language to get a overview but it is frustrating to type in 100 line example of code to not have it... Read more
Published on April 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop thinking about it and buy this book.
I purchased this book 3 days ago and because of other commitments I have only read as far as Chapter 4. Read more
Published on April 19 2003 by Honkster
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