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Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 [Paperback]

Bill Sheldon , Billy Hollis , Kent Sharkey , Jonathan Marbutt , Rob Windsor , Gastón C. Hillar

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May 10 2010 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
Intermediate and advanced coverage of Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 for professional developers

If you've already covered the basics and want to dive deep into VB and .NET topics that professional programmers use most, this is your book. You'll find a quick review of introductory topics-always helpful-before the author team of experts moves you quickly into such topics as data access with ADO.NET, Language Integrated Query (LINQ), security, ASP.NET web programming with Visual Basic, Windows workflow, threading, and more.

You'll explore all the new features of Visual Basic 2010 as well as all the essential functions that you need, including .NET features such as LINQ to SQL, LINQ to XML, WCF, and more. Plus, you'll examine exception handling and debugging, Visual Studio features, and ASP.NET web programming.

  • Expert author team helps you master the tools and techniques you need most for professional programming
  • Reviews why Visual Basic 2010 will be synonymous with writing code in Visual Studio 2010
  • Focuses on .NET features such as LINQ, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to XML, WPF, workflow, and more
  • Discusses exception handling and debugging, data access with ADO.NET, Visual Studio features for Visual Basic developers, Windows programming with Windows Forms, ASP.NET web programming with VB, communication interfaces, Windows workflow, and threading

This Wrox guide presents you with updated coverage on topics you need to know now.


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Gain a solid understanding of Visual Basic 2010 and the .NET 4 Framework

Visual Basic 2010 boasts exciting new features and capabilities that cement its position as a true object-oriented language and provide you with access to new and better technologies. This invaluable book covers Visual Basic from start to finish and discusses the new enhancements to Visual Basic 2010. The team of expert authors explains how VB 2010 can be combined with .NET 4 to build applications using Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms, Visual Studio Tools for Office, and apps and libraries based on the Windows Communication Foundation, the Windows Workflow Foundation, and SharePoint.

Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4:

  • Examines core language elements and development tools

  • Explores object-oriented and parallel programming

  • Examines exception handling, debug and trace logging, as well as historical debugging in Visual Studio® 2010

  • Describes common structures and tools used to contain, access, and transfer data

  • Focuses on creating componentized applications for client and web-based solutions

  • Reviews the latest new application development technologies including: Silverlight, SharePoint®, WCF, Workflow and WPF

Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Bill Sheldon is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic and a Principal Engineer with InterKnowlogy.

Billy Hollis is MSDN Regional Director of Developer Relations for Microsoft in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kent Sharkey is an independent software consultant and former content strategist for MSDN.

Jonathan Marbutt is Vice President of Development for WayCool Software, Inc.

Rob Windsor is a Microsoft MVP and a Senior Consultant with ObjectSharp.

Gastón C. Hillar is an independent software consultant, specialized in parallelism and multicore.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book.. Authors are all over the place April 7 2012
By RickNY - Published on Amazon.com
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This could have been a good book -- unfortunately, with too many hands involved in it, it leaves the reader confused as you switch chapters and deal with each authors view of the subject at hand. This book was used as a textbook for a graduate advanced VB.NET class that I took. Code samples are an all or nothing ordeal -- you can either type everything in as you go along -- or use the code samples from the publisher's website. The downside to the code samples of the publisher is that they only include what the final end result should have been by the time you get to the end of the chapter. Allowing you to use some code samples as a starting point would have been helpful.

The fact that it is authored by several people is maddening. Each author covers various topics, and each author utilizes a different style of presenting the material to you.. Creates a lot of confusion if you are learning as you go.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good (not-so-basic) Visual Basic Book Nov. 14 2011
By Keith Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got this book a week ago it is as another reviewer put it a great read if you have worked with Visual Basic before extensively.

Most chapters provide a nice detail on how the functionality has changed from previous versions.

In general I found a nice balance between simple examples and important details, but some of the chapters feel like they were going to bury you under one seemingly pointless nuanced exception to the previous example after another.

Some chapters omit information on why you would select one approach over another. (One of the reasons why we buy books like this as programmers is to get that kind of advice, so the omission is irking when you notice it.)

This isn't an introduction to programming book, if you aren't already a professional programmer I recommend starting with a different book. (That is to say simple concepts aren't focused on to any great extent, and you are assumed to be a programmer in a software production environment.)

On the whole I'm happy I bought this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource May 12 2014
By G. Gary Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am making the transition from VB6 to Visual Studio 2010 and needed to build a library of resources to help with the learning curve. I put this text in my Category 2 classification -- important, but use it for detailed reference and backup. The information is all very correct and accurate, just not particularly readable for those entering the world of VB.net. I find Murach's books better as starters then use the WROX books as excellent resources when you need some advanced ideas and examples. They present all the options in this text, but aren't as good at explaining why a developer might choose one over the other.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Verbose and NOT for Beginners April 15 2011
By Scarlett Moon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was chosen by my Professor just before the start of class. Due to the fact that this is authored by a TEAM of writers, the verbiage tends to read like stereo instructions. There is a lot of nonsense before they get to the point. It would be an excellent book as reading material for those already working with .NET applications since every reference to code is preceded and followed and interrupted by how the .NET framework and VB USED to do things.

As a beginning programmer I found it verbose, boring and far too in "yesterday" in theory & practice. They tout the ability to download the example code from the website and yet neglect to advise that if you do not have access to SQL SERVER you will have a devil of a time inserting their procedures into your project since their code files are compilation.

If I were an experienced programmer in previous versions of VB and .NET, I would probably find this a great read to update my skills and understand the current syntax and logic of these languages.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best price for an unnecessary book Sept. 1 2011
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've used VB before this book is on par with previous books. If you haven't I can understand how some people would not like it. It shipped very fast and was the cheapest I found it new. I'm pretty impressed overall with the speedy delivery, but feel the book is pretty pointless if you've programmed with VB before.

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