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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 3 edition (June 18 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764559923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764559921
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 18.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,581,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on March 21 2002
Format: Paperback
I was planning on buying this book and noticed the out of print note on the Wrox site. Not exactly sure what out of print means.
Looks like other books based on the betas say out of print on the Wrox site.
If this book was released in August 2001 then it should have been based on the beta. They might plan on releasing an updated version.
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This book is not based on Visual Studio.Net Final Release!
I have read the book front to back including introduction page. I just realized that the book was based on beta 2 of Visual Studio.Net, too late for a refund. Anyway, I went on to read it and found out that the book was not very much organised as tons of '...we'll discuss this on chapter xx ... ' appear no less than 5 times in a single chapter (on some chapters). Mispelled words also are catching enough to say that this book was in a hurry to be printed.
If you're looking for a book that covers thorough details on window forms and web form control howtos, this wouldn't give you enough detail on those topics. Web Services is equally a mere introduction, with about two pages of discussion on UDDI as well as WSDL. Not much on ADO.Net and XML.
I should have borrowed this book instead and skim through it or should have bought it for 20 bucks less. Besides, it's already outdated. I hope the same authors would come up with a second edition that has richer detail...and send me a free copy.
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By A Customer on March 17 2002
Format: Paperback
You would think in a book written about a language that has gone through as much of an evolution as VB has with .NET, that the book would contain more than 1 paragraph about printing. The same can be said about database access. Like Microsoft, they tell you how to do it with SQL, but your out of luck if you want to use an ODBC connected datasource. It took 4 hours on the internet to figure that one out. All in all its a good starting point and since VB doesn't even look like vb any more, this is a good book to get started with. Wait for release 2 though, its based on the released version of vb.net not the beta.
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I always loved while working with VB 6.0. Right from the release of Visual Studio .NET, I was mainly looking to learn more about VB .NET. I have read a lot about the changes about ASP .NET when compared with classic ASP and I was really keeping my ears open to know about the changes that took place in VB .NET when compared to its predecessor. Well, I ended up in reading this book "Professional VB .NET" written by 14 well known authors.
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Author(s): Fred Barwell, Richard Blair, Richard Case, Jonathan Crossland, Bill Forgey, Whitney Hankison, Billy S.Hollis, Rockfort Lhotka, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Scott Short, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran and Bill Sempf.
Publisher: Wrox Pages: 943 Chapters: 25
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need Microsoft .NET?
Chapter 2: An Overview of New Features In VB.NET
Chapter 3: A First Look at a VB.NET Program
Chapter 4: Visual Studio.NET Integrated Development Environment
Chapter 5: The Common Language Runtime
Chapter 6: Variables and Types
Chapter 7: Namespaces
Chapter 8: Windows Forms
Chapter 9: Error Handling
Chapter 10: Creating Windows Controls
Chapter 11: Object Syntax Introduction
Chapter 12: Inheritance and Interfaces
Chapter 13: Applying Objects and Components
Chapter 14: Assemblies
Chapter 15: Threading
Chapter 16: Working with Classic COM and Interfaces
Chapter 17: Comopnent Services
Chapter 18: Data Access with ADO.NET
Chapter 19: Using XML in VB.NET
Chapter 20: Web Forms
Chapter 21: Creating Web Controls
Chapter 22: Web Services in VB .NET
Chapter 23: Windows Services
Chapter 24: Deployment in .NET
Chapter 25: Security in the .
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...spoil the soup. The combined regurgitation of 17 authors, each with their own programming style and unorthodox naming conventions makes for a very confusing book. The proofing on this book is absolutely miserable. You had better be a professional developer to get past the myriad of errata in the sample code and text.
All in all, the book does provide a decent jumping off point from which to explore the world of VB.Net. Don't expect a definitive manual, though. If you want that, read the online documentation for Visual Studio.Net. In many ways it is far superior and certainly the last word. I did read this book cover to cover and worked through all the examples. Thankfully, I was able to pick out and fix the errors in the code. A less experienced developer may become quickly frustrated with this book.
The examples are often academic and rarely provide any real-world insight into the intricacies of application development. Another frustrating point is the continued use of the phrase "...we'll explain that later in chapter 'XX'...". In some cases this phrase is used several times in one paragraph. It points to a lack of organization and planning as to how the material should have been presented. You should rightly be very suspicious about a book that was written well before the actual release of the .Net SDK. I think it would be safe to say that as a result, none of the authors have written production .Net code. And from the look of some of their examples, God help their clients.
Overall rating: disappointing. Would I buy it? Probably not. I was able to get my hands on one of several copies floating around at one of my client sites. If you have the ability to borrow it, do so and save yourself the $40. Otherwise, just skip it and read the online documentation that comes with the product.
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