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Fred Barwell , Richard Case , Bill Forgey , Billy Hollis , Tim McCarthy , Jonathan Pinnock , Richard Blair , Jonathan Crossland , Whitney Hankison , Rockford Lhotka , Jan Narkiewicz , Rama Ramachandran , Matthew Reynolds , John Roth , Bill Sheldon , Bill Sempf
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April 1 2002 0764544004 978-0764544002 2
What is this book about?

.NET is designed to provide a new environment within which you can develop almost any application to run on Windows (and possibly in the future on other platforms). Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is likely to be a very popular development tool for use with this framework. VB.NET is a .NET compliant language and, as such, has (except for legacy reasons) almost identical technical functionality as the new C# language and Managed Extensions for C++. Using VB.NET, you can develop a dynamic Web page, a component of a distributed application, a database access component, or a classic Windows desktop application.

In order to incorporate Visual Basic into the .NET Framework, a number of new features have been added to it. In fact, the changes are so extensive that VB.NET should be viewed as a new language rather than simply as Visual Basic 7. However, these changes were necessary to give developers the features that they have been asking for: true object orientated programming, easier deployment, better interoperability, and a cohesive environment in which to develop applications.

What does this book cover?

In this book, we cover VB.NET virtually from start to finish: We begin by looking at the .NET Framework, and end by looking at best practices for deploying .NET applications. In between, we look at everything from database access to integration with other technologies such as XML, along with investigating the new features in detail. You will see that VB.NET has emerged as a powerful yet easy to use language that will allow you to target the Internet just as easily as the desktop.

This book explains the underlying philosophy and design of the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime (CLR) and explains the differences between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET.

You will learn how to

  • Develop applications and components using Visual Studio .NET
  • Effectively apply inheritance and interfaces when designing objects and components
  • Organize your code using namespaces
  • Handle errors using the Try...Catch...Finally structure
  • Access data using ADO.NET and bind controls to the underlying data sources
  • Create Windows applications and custom Windows controls
  • Interoperate with COM and ActiveX components
  • Create transactional and queuing components
  • Use .NET Remoting to send serialized objects between clients and servers
  • Create Windows Services
  • Use VB.NET to access information on the Web
  • Create and consume Web Services
  • Secure your applications and code using the tools provided in the .NET Framework SDK
  • Arrange your applications and libraries in assemblies and deploy them using Visual Studio .NET

Who is this book for?

This book is aimed at experienced Visual Basic developers who want to make the transition to VB.NET.

What do you need to use this book?

Although it is possible to create VB.NET applications using the command lines tools contained in the .NET Framework SDK, you will need Visual Studio .NET (Professional or higher), which includes the .NET Framework SDK, to use this book to the full.

Here are some additional notes on what you may need:

  • Some chapters make use of SQL Server 2000. However, you can also run the example code using MSDE (Microsoft Data Engine), which ships with Visual Studio .NET.
  • Several chapters make use of Internet Information Services (IIS). IIS ships with Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP, although it is not installed by default.
  • Chapter 18 makes use of MSMQ to work with queued transactions. MSMQ ships with Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP, although it is not installed by default.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

What you need to know

This book is primarily aimed at experienced Visual Basic® developers who are looking for an introduction to Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework.

What you will learn from this book

This book explains the underlying philosophy and design of the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime, and details the differences between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop applications and components using Visual Studio® .NET
  • Effectively apply inheritance and interfaces when designing objects and components
  • Organize your code using namespaces
  • Handle errors using the Try...Catch...Finally structure
  • Access data using ADO.NET and bind controls to the underlying data sources
  • Create Windows applications and custom Windows controls
  • Interoperate with COM and ActiveX components
  • Create transactional and queuing components
  • Use .NET Remoting to exchange serialized objects between clients and servers
  • Create Windows Services
  • Use Visual Basic .NET to access information on the Web
  • Create and consume Web Services
  • Secure your applications and code using the tools provided in the .NET Framework SDK
  • Arrange your applications and libraries in assemblies and deploy them using Visual Studio .NET

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5.0 out of 5 stars sdfds June 3 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice and clear to the point. April 6 2004
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Format:Paperback
This is not a book for beginners who are new to VB world. This book explains the differences (improvements) from VB6.0 to VB.NET. In addition, it has a few chapters that explain the Object Oriented concept in a well-organized fashion. This book is a good investment for anyone who is looking to move into the VB.NET world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unprofessional VB.NET March 24 2004
Format:Paperback
Good book if you want to find how to apply VB.NET in different areas. BUT if you want to know VB.NET itself, don't waste your time, it should be the last book in your list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional VB.Net May 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The .Net platform has undoubtedly revolutionized the world of software development, whether web based or traditional windows. Professional VB.Net like other WROX books (pardon my bias) does complete justice to the subject matter, explaining every nuance and subtlety with the typical lucidness that WROX books have been come to be known for. I used this book to pass the 70-305 certification exam. Great book for learning the language and the .Net platform.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome reference Feb. 24 2003
Format:Paperback
Like many a Wrox book, this one is packed full of information, plenty of examples, and more than just the simple stuff. It's not supposed to be read sequentially (start to finish) but to debrief on selected topics as needed. You can bounce from start of the book, to Threading, to Web Services, and others quite nicely as that feature is needed. For those who program for a living and want to see what VB.net is about, this book is a must buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst written books Feb. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
I wonder how some have given good ratings to this book. I was fooled by their rating. The more I think abt this book the more it pains me. It really lacks professionalism. The content is jumbled up and not well treated. I have a library of .net, xml and java books. In middle east it is quite difficult to get books so had to get it from outside. The pains that I took to get this book is all in vain and this book was my worst decision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with some errors Dec 25 2002
Format:Paperback
Like others have already reviewed this is an useful book for experienced VB6 developers. I do find some errors in the book. So, you have to use it with caution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the experienced Visual Basic developer!
This book is for experienced developers who need to make the transition to VB.NET. It will also help programmers with previous knowledge of VB. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by VisualBasicBooks.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information
This is a huge book (just short of a thousand pages) and it's packed full of really useful information. It covers all the important parts of the . Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by Terence Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Updated - Ready for Visual Studio v1.0
Wrox has reworked the second edition to now work with the Release of .Net and Vsual Studio v1.0. They have obviously been looking at the feedback from customers and have... Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by Mr David W Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for experienced visual basic programmers
As someone who has spent over five years as a professional Visual Basic programmer I don't want to throw away all my knowledge when I move to VB.NET. Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by Robert T Darbinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly written!!!
I expected something better from a Wrox book. Recently all their books seem to be taking a dive. What I don't like about this book is that I'm already past page 100 and *still*... Read more
Published on May 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the 1st edition!
This 2nd edition works on the final release of .NET and they've played about with the structure a fair bit. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Jeff Graul
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