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Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 Paperback – May 10 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.