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Programming Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET (Core Reference) [Hardcover]

Francesco Balena
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May 20 2002 0735613753 978-0735613751 1

Accelerate your productivity with Visual Basic® .NET—and quickly create powerful Win32® applications and high-performance, scalable applications for the Web—with this indispensable tutorial and reference. Building on the success of the author’s popular programming book for Visual Basic 6.0, this new book teaches you the best practices for porting and reusing existing Visual Basic code in the .NET Framework as well as for exploiting the language’s advanced new object-oriented capabilities. It covers the common language runtime (CLR), multithreaded programs, Windows® Forms applications, GDI+ graphic programming, Windows services, ADO.NET classes for database programs, ASP.NET Web Forms, and Web Services. It includes advanced optimization techniques and tips for leveraging the power of the Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET environment.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting started with Visual Basic .NET
  • Modules, variables, and error handling
  • Object-oriented features, including inheritance
  • Delegates and attributes
  • Arrays, lists, and collections
  • Files, directories, and streams
  • Object serialization
  • Regular expressions
  • Threading
  • Assemblies and AppDomains
  • Reflection
  • Windows Forms applications and GDI+
  • Windows Forms custom control creation
  • Windows services
  • XML
  • ASP.NET Web Forms applications
  • User controls and custom controls
  • XML Web services


CD-ROM features:

  • A fully searchable electronic copy of PROGRAMMING MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC 6.0
  • Sample applications written in Visual Basic .NET

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Useful for VB developers of all levels, Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET offers a massive and comprehensive guide to the new VB .NET. While concentrating on "traditional" programming techniques brought up to speed with .NET, this book also covers essential Web development, making it a solid choice for those making the leap from VB 6.

The sheer size of this volume is its obvious distinguishing feature. Weighing in at over 1,600 pages, it's easily one of the largest programming books ever published. The scope of coverage here is wide-ranging and comprehensive. The author first presents a basic language-based tutorial of the new VB .NET, highlighting basic keywords, data types, and new class design features like inheritance, delegates, and events.

Patient, thorough coverage and plenty of short code examples are the guiding principles here. The tour of object-oriented features in VB .NET is among the best that you can find. Coverage of built-in .NET support for strings, math, date/time, and file I/O classes (and the like) will help you master these essential APIs. At many points, the author highlights what's new and different from VB 6. There's plenty of coverage of "traditional" VB applications, including the new Windows Forms, database programming with ADO.NET, and Win32 support including programming the Windows registry, MDI, graphics programming (with GDI+), Windows services, and the like. Later sections look at deploying VB .NET applications in assemblies.

Only in its final sections does this text turn toward ASP.NET and the Internet, with several solid chapters on essential Web Forms and new features like caching, configuration, and basic Web development techniques. By centering on essential VB .NET language features first and then covering a wide spectrum of programming APIs, this book offers a winning choice for anyone with previous VB experience who wants to work effectively with the new VB .NET. With its extremely rich range of topics, all backed up with plenty of code excerpts, this title offers a nearly unbeatable one-volume reference on what's inside the new Visual Basic .NET. --Richard Dragan

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Use Visual Basic. NET—and existing Visual Basic code—to quickly build powerful, object-oriented applications for the Web

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much "Look how much I know" Nov. 9 2002
No doubt about it; the book is comprehensive; but the problem is that at times the author drifts into the "look how much I know about visual basic" instead of trying to teach the subject matter. It explains items in great detail but obfuscates the point by going into too much detail.
I've no doubt that Mr Balena knows VB.net; the problem is that having read his book I dont!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest, in the whole dot-Net panoply. Aug. 10 2004
Even if I don't use VB Net, I enjoy that book: a "just" view in comparisons between dot-Net and VB6 (not always at 100% in favor of VB.Net), and insight, intelligence, and inner working we don't even see often, if not at all, even in C# books! There are two major weak points: Windows Forms (I recommend Chris Sells' book) and database (I suspect Francesco didn't entirely wrote these chapters, as the style is a little bit different in those chapters than the other parts of the book, anyhow, my impression), again too superficial ( I somehow recommend the MS Press book ADO.NET by Sceppa). Even if I use C#, I often found that Francesco Balena did a much better job than what I find in other of my C# and Managed C++ reference books. NOW, my copy, of the first edition, has indeed a printed page number 1576. So why Amazon annonces 800 pages, I don't know.
I would have give only four stars, but since I find very hard to find a book of my liking about dot-Net in general, I cannot than praise that book for an extra star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and a very nice author May 31 2004
By Fred
This is an excelent book. It helps me to obtain an in-depth knowledge of VB .Net, given that I am really new to VB. Most important of all, buying this book accidently leads me to a brief contact with the author. He is such a nice person whose attitude and behavior convinces me of his devotion to the readers and his products. You cannot expect a high-quality book from a person who is not so devoted to his work.
Since there are already so many comments on the content of the book, I hope my view from a personal perspective can help you choose this book as your gateway into VB .Net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Wow, it's all in this book April 8 2004
This is one of the best VB.NET book I read. It's not a lesson book who at the end you have a ready to use application. It's a bit more theorical and hard to read. I read it two times(second more rapidly) to understand vet complex stuff and new notion like reflection, namespaces and so on... The author do not talk about remoting but it's more a .NET technique than a VB.NET technique. But in general everything and much more (ASP.NET, ADO.NET...) are covered. So go now to the library and buy this gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Core Reference olmayi hak ediyor. April 8 2004
Yeni baslayanlar icin zor bir kitap olabilir. Baslarda vazgecebilirsiniz ama kendinize zaman vermenizde fayda var. Cunku visual basic adina gercek bir kaynak olmayi hak ediyor. Yazar vb6 bildiginizi varsayiyor. Sayet benim gibi tam bir acemi iseniz bu kitap sizi korkutabilir. Sakin vazgecmeyin. Hem .Net'e hem de VB.NET'e asinalik kazandikca ve programlama bilginizi gelistirdikce kafaniza takilanlarin kitapta oldugunu goreceksiniz. Bu nedenle baslari zordur.
Tavsiyem, ozellikle VS.NET MSDN yardim dosyalariyla konulara hazirlik yapmaniz.
Sayet yuzmeyi bilmiyorsaniz, bu kitapla tek bir sansiniz var; yuzmeyi ogrenmek, aksi takdirde bogulursunuz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pays For Itself Many Times Over April 6 2004
This book has paid for itself in productivity many times over for me. I recommend it to all VB5-6 developers moving to .NET. In 22 years of reading computer programming books, this is one of the best I've found. It doesn't cover everything (for example, I found that I needed to buy the Visual Basic .NET Deployment Handbook from Wrox [which is now out of business I think]) but it covers 80-90% of what most developers will need. I read the first 1100 pages and skimmed other parts of the rest as needed. It's a great reference. I can find things in it faster than I can google them in most cases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD PRICE March 11 2004
Fairleigh Dickinson University | ASP Developer YOU WILL NEED IT
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intermediate Book Feb. 23 2004
This is a book for those of you wanting a relatively broad overview of programming in Visual Basic .NET. The author does go into a good amount of detail in the topics covered.
If you are just getting started with VB.NET, I would recommend first reading Visual Basic .NET Step-by-Step, 2003 Edition . (I know, normally I do not like Step-by-Step books, but it is a fair introduction to the topic.)
If you are an advanced user, you probably will skim the book and use it as a reference. Remember that this book is tool-specific, this book is not designed to teach advanced programming topics such algorithms, etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for all, best start for a VB6 programmer
The book is excellent, but let me explain why I feel it fails to deliver. First off, if you are already a VB . Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Owen P. Pellegrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book
I bought this book in 2003 and have used it in conjunction with other VB.NET books. I have found the book to be very helpful when developing applications and have to twist my code... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Austin Amuok
5.0 out of 5 stars So much covered, completely and clearly - but problem w/CD
Very impressed with how much is covered so completely and clearly. My only problem I have is not with the book but with the CD - it's suppose to have an electronic version of... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by HP Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 More Stars for Balena
Best book on VB.NET that I know of. This book will not be all things to all people. If you are a complete beginner, start with a step-by-step book, then get this one. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Max Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Visual Basic Book ever!
I just want to say thanks to Francesco for this incredible book.
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by ALAIN N ALVARADO
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget about the promissed DVD with trial software
This book was delivered by Amazon.com today, as well as Microsoft ADO .NET and the Microsoft Visual C# NET STEP BY. And I was very excited to get started with VB and C# . Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Lars Kehlet
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