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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.
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 by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
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