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Aimed at the reader with some previous programming experience who wants to know VB.NET in detail, Professional VB.NET digs in deeply to the latest version of the popular tool, with plenty of coverage of advanced topics. With in-depth advice for using VB.NET as a true object-oriented language, plus coverage of the inner workings of the .NET Framework itself, this book delivers a thorough and wide-ranging tutorial.
The team authorship of this title shows up in a variety of writing styles. Some early sections contain more theoretical material with a tutorial for designing classes with VB.NET, including its full support for inheritance and "classic" object-oriented design concepts like polymorphism. As this text moves forward, it gets more momentum with somewhat less prose and more examples. Standout sections include some fine material on using Windows Forms, plus excellent coverage of properties and visual design options. Coverage of custom controls is very good here and might well justify the price of this book for experts who need to design their own controls. Much of the book zeroes in on standalone application mode, though three solid chapters on Web Forms, custom Web controls, and Web services will get you started with ASP.NET on the Internet. Short code excerpts, rather than whole programs, are the rule here.
With coverage of .NET assemblies and deployment, threading and COM interoperability, experts will find what they need to get legacy COM and ActiveX components to work with .NET, as well as to start deploying .NET applications in the field. This is a title that can be skimmed in stretches to find topics that really solve day-to-day problems, particularly with the thornier areas of object-oriented design in VB (on which it is excellent though somewhat diffuse), plus advanced object-deployment, security, and other low-level details of the new .NET platform. Clearly, the new version of Visual Basic means big changes for all VB developers, but Professional VB.NET can help experienced VB users negotiate this leap successfully and help them get the most out of this new language and platform. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 .Read more ›
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.
I do believe this could have been a great book if it had another 3 months of development behind it, and I would be willing to bet the second edition of this book will be great and Wrox will recapture it's old glory. But, as of now this book is just half baked.
(I also found the order of this book very strange, the core programming chapters on OOP are introduced in the middle?)
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 21 2002
You would think in a book written about a language that has gone through as much of an evolution as VB has with . Read morePublished on March 17 2002
If you are new to the .NET/VB.NET realm, then this is a good place to start. However, i have found a lot of errors (spelling as well as logical), hence the three stars.Published on Jan. 4 2002
Yes, it is written by many authors and you can see some of that. Despite this, the book has helped me to start writing our applications using .NET instead of VB6. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by Rob Lawrence
As others have mentioned it is easy to see that there were 14 different authors for this book. Some chapters were good, but most were not. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Scott
This book is in the same league as all the other Wrox Press books - high quality and very informative. Even though VB. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001
This book doesn't deserve all the criticism it has received here. Although there are slight inconsistencies, the book is still an excellent introduction to the advanced features of... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2001 by James Crowley
I've been a student and practitioner of C# since Nov 2000, but thought that knowing VB.NET would be valuable as well. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001
14 Authors trying to write a book naturally leads to a lot of redundancy. The book is good in pieces but not really well organized. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2001 by Prime User
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