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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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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.NET who want to move up to the professional level.
The book begins with an introduction to the .NET Framework and common language RunTime(CLR). The CLR is responsible for managing the execution of code compiled for the .NET platform. The next few chapters focus on object oriented programming and how to derive classes from base classes using inheritance. Chapter 9 gives a detailed discussion on how error handling works in VB.NET by discussing the CLR exception handler in detail and the new Try...Catch...Finally structure. An entire chapter is devoted to multi-threading. You will learn how threads can be created, and the differences between multitasking and multi-threading. Chapter 16 discusses COM and .NET component interoperability, and the tools provided to help link the two technologies together. Chapter 18 gives detailed coverage of the ADO.NET data access technology. You will learn how to build flexible, fast, and scalable data access objects and applications.
The final chapters discuss building web applications with web forms, creating custom controls for Windows Forms and Web Forms, and finally, creating and consuming Web Services.
If you're an experienced VB developer and would like to make the transition to VB.NET, then this book is a must.
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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. Fortunately, this (big) book doesn't bother teaching you programming from scratch (you should definitely look elsewhere if you're a complete beginner) but will help you make sense of not only what's changed in the move from VB6 to VB.NET (a lot!) but also what you can take with you from VB6 (a surprisingly large amount actually). This means that you don't have to spend your time working through stuff like "this is a variable", "this is an if statement". Instead the book gets stuck into what makes the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime tick - and explains how you can relate all of it to VB6.
The first third of the book serves as a reference to the VB.NET language - syntax, error handling, objects, inheritance, interfaces, and the differences between variables and types. While this means that you don't get to create many exciting applications early on it does mean that you have a thorough grounding in the essentials of the language.
Then the rest of the book takes a look at the most important features of .NET in turn: ADO.NET, XML, Windows Forms, Web Services, Data Binding, Remoting, Networking, Threading, Security, Web Forms, etc. You won't be an expert in any of these areas after you've read the book but you will have a much better idea of what VB.NET is capable of and how to get started using the advanced features of the .NET Framework Class Library.
Although there are a lot of authors that wrote on this book, which can spell trouble in my experience, the editors have managed to maintain a consistent voice throughout and there's surprisingly little overlap between chapters. Well worth the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly written!!! May 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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* all the coding was for a "Hello World" app. The book goes into topics that could be presented much later, such as the code that is automatically generated when creating a Windows application. I am still reading the book, but tomorrow am going to pick up Deitel's VB.NET book which, from looking at the table of contents, is how a book like this should be organized. Frankly, I can't believe how poor this book is, and I will think twice (or read more carefully in the bookstore) before buying any Wrox book in the future. I definitely do not recommend this book to anyone -- it was a complete waste of my money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice and clear to the point.
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. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unprofessional VB.NET
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.
Published on March 23 2004 by newvoodoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional VB.Net
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Published on May 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome reference
Like many a Wrox book, this one is packed full of information, plenty of examples, and more than just the simple stuff. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by G. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst written books
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003 by "stevanrin"
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with some errors
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.
Published on Dec 24 2002 by Peter Ng
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 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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