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Beginning VB.NET [Paperback]

Richard Blair , Jonathan Crossland , Matthew Reynolds , Thearon Willis
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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From the Back Cover

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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a VB.Net book June 26 2004
This book is geared towards teaching beginning programming skills. It just so happens that the authors chose VB .Net as the language. In the outset they indicate that their intentions are to teach you programming skills, no matter what language you use. This made the book title misleading. I can usually depend on Wrox to produce a pretty good book. If I were a beginning programmer perhaps I would be impressed. If you want to really learn the ins and outs of VB.Net this is definitely not the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best VB.NET book June 10 2004
I was trying to find a book that would extend my VB6 capabilities to VB.NET especially that the language has completely changed. After surfing the net in general and Amazon in particular the title of the book attracted me. I said WoW, now its time to learn VB.NET.
Actually going through this book enriched my knowledge a lot, i was not only able to tranfere most of my programs (Civil Engineering) but i extended them a lot.
This book gives a very clear view of classes and i consider this the best part of this book.
I encourage you to buy it although it is not really made for those who are totally new to programming. It requires a little bit of experience, a good understanding of VB6 will help a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter April 18 2004
By A Customer
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. I do have to go along with the others who posted on the appearance of the second guy on the cover. Looks like a photo you would find off of a book called "Profiles of a serial killer" Just my opinion of course ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A shallow beginner's book Nov. 26 2003
By Tom
As the title indicates, this book is for beginners. The first 3 chapters assume that you have no programming experience. Many simple examples are followed by only decent explanations.
"pass in parameters by reference using byref. This is an advanced technique, and is beyond the scope of this book."
I never considered "byref" an "advanced technique"; it is an important technique that should have been covered, if only for a few pages.
Chapter 15, "Accessing Databases" and chapter 16, "Database Programming with SQL Server and ADO.NET" were extremely shallow. If you're interested in learning to access a database, you'll need a different book/resource.
Overall, I am Disappointed with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Non-VB Programmers Too! Nov. 24 2003
This is the first time I am writing a review on a book. The book is excellent so far (read 5 chapters). The format makes it really easy for an experienced C++/Java programmer like myself to fly through it. I covered first 5 chapters in about an hour and a half (along with a couple of hands-on excercises).
Each section is broken down into 3 parts. A small objective of the section. A code part, with the relevant code highlighted, so that you don't have to search for it and highlight it. And then an explanation of the code. I usually read couple of lines from the first part, go directly to the highlighted code, and sometimes read the code explanation to understand how the syntax/rules are different from C++/Java.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Nov. 15 2003
By laouam
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. You would feel like they are in front of you. They give all possibilities...
I installed Visual Studio.net two days ago and today I am alraedy on page 72 of the book.
This is not a free advertisement for the book. The truth is that it is the best (at least for me) to learn VB.net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oct. 22 2003
By A Customer
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners - programming experience NOT needed
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Harinath Thummalapalli
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 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading and buy this book
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. Read more
Published on April 21 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Especially for beginners
I have read many Books on the topic of Visual Basic, this one being my first foray into VB.Net. This book contains the best compilation of exercises I have seen in a beginner's... Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by "8upcrackhead"
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