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
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. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Fred
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. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Ghislain Tanguay
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. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Yamac Yilmaz
This book has paid for itself in productivity many times over for me. I recommend it to all VB5-6 developers moving to .NET. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by David Lari
Fairleigh Dickinson University | ASP Developer YOU WILL NEED ITPublished on March 10 2004 by Chris Youngs
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Andrew Corley
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Austin Amuok
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by HP Reader
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Max Hodges