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Beginning VB.NET 2003 Paperback – Apr 9 2004

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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 9 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556586
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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From the Publisher

This book is aimed at readers who wish to learn to program using Visual Basic .NET. It assumes you have no prior experience of programming, but moves at a fast enough pace to be interesting if you have programmed in another language.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Three expert authors guide you through the basics of building working applications, creating windows and boxes, handling unexpected events, using object-oriented programming, and more. You’ll learn to use menus, toolbars, dialog boxes, and other controls in Windows® applications, and how loops and branching structures function in decision-making. You will get a thorough overview of object-oriented programming concepts and theory.

After mastering these levels, you’ll be able to explore database programming, look into creating ASP.NET applications for the Web using Web forms, and get a basic introduction to XML. Finally, you can discover how functionality offered online can be integrated seamlessly into your applications with Web services.

What you will learn from this book

  • Programming basics, how VB.NET functions, and the principles of the .NET Framework
  • How to work with data structures and build and deploy Windows® applications
  • Object-oriented programming concepts and theory
  • Debugging and error-handling techniques</ LI>
  • What you need to know about Web services and .NET remoting
  • How to build class libraries, create your own custom controls, and program custom graphics
  • Database programming with SQL Server® and ADO.NET
  • A basic understanding of mobile applications and how to build them

Who this book is for

This book is for beginning programmers who have chosen VB.NET as their first programming language, and also for programmers who know other languages but are new to .NET programming.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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By A Customer on Oct. 4 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a Systems and Network Administrator who used Visual Basic 6.0 to automate many of the redundant tasks typical of this environment. I don't claim to be a "developer" but have been developing tools for a long time. I typically do not like WROX books but after sitting down at my local bookstore and plowing through 20 books on VB.NET, this one stood out. It has good examples that you can follow, it assumes you have basic programming/development skills and it is well written. If you are a developer by occupation this is probably not the book for you. For those of us who do not release our code to production environments this book has served me well by not being incredibly basic nor losing me in advanced topics.
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If you are a beginner to VB.NET or even a beginner to programming and are interested in creating a software application, this book will give you all the information you need to get started on this endeavor. By the time you reach the end of the book, you may have to supplement your knowledge of VB.NET by reading a few other books depending on the nature of the software application you are creating. But otherwise, if you want to buy just ONE book and learn VB.NET in under 10 days (enough to create Version 1 of your software application), this is the book for you.
Why is it such a great book for beginners? It explains all the necessary concepts in great detail and in a simple fashion. No prior programming experience is assumed and the authors do a terrific job of explaining all the concepts and use good examples. The sample code can be downloaded from the publisher's website and there is an excellent discussion group led by the authors and other industry experts to answer any questions you may have on VB.NET.
The book covers the following main topics - an introduction chapter, VB.NET development tool, basics of writing software, how to control the program flow, intro on objects, the .NET framework, how to build windows desktop applications, how to build web applications, how to access databases, how to access other applications using your custom application, etc.
Of course, if the application you are building is a complex one, this book is NOT sufficient. You need to supplement the knowledge gained through this book with the knowledge from a variety of other books. This is the unfortunate thing with the .NET technology as it stands right now.
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As the title indicates, this book is for beginners. The first 3 chapters assume that you have no programming experience. Many simple examples are followed by only decent explanations.
"pass in parameters by reference using byref. This is an advanced technique, and is beyond the scope of this book."
I never considered "byref" an "advanced technique"; it is an important technique that should have been covered, if only for a few pages.
Chapter 15, "Accessing Databases" and chapter 16, "Database Programming with SQL Server and ADO.NET" were extremely shallow. If you're interested in learning to access a database, you'll need a different book/resource.
Overall, I am Disappointed with the book.
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This is the first time I am writing a review on a book. The book is excellent so far (read 5 chapters). The format makes it really easy for an experienced C++/Java programmer like myself to fly through it. I covered first 5 chapters in about an hour and a half (along with a couple of hands-on excercises).
Each section is broken down into 3 parts. A small objective of the section. A code part, with the relevant code highlighted, so that you don't have to search for it and highlight it. And then an explanation of the code. I usually read couple of lines from the first part, go directly to the highlighted code, and sometimes read the code explanation to understand how the syntax/rules are different from C++/Java.
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I was trying to find a book that would extend my VB6 capabilities to VB.NET especially that the language has completely changed. After surfing the net in general and Amazon in particular the title of the book attracted me. I said WoW, now its time to learn VB.NET.
Actually going through this book enriched my knowledge a lot, i was not only able to tranfere most of my programs (Civil Engineering) but i extended them a lot.
This book gives a very clear view of classes and i consider this the best part of this book.
I encourage you to buy it although it is not really made for those who are totally new to programming. It requires a little bit of experience, a good understanding of VB6 will help a lot.
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I bought this book a few days ago and due to other commitments I have only read up to chapter 4. During this reading, I wrote out every example in the book. To my surprise, not only did every example work, but I managed to remember so much more than I thought I would. I even went as far as to debug a friends application, with no assistance from any book. My total reading time thus far for ANY .NET book has been 3 days...and my only source of reading has been this book, and the online classes reference from VB Studio.NET.
I particularly like the fact that the book presents an idea, steps through the code and then details each section of code - what it does, how it works etc. This was very useful in understanding why things are structured the way they are.
I might also add that I have never programmed VB in any way before, making me a total newbie at this (my only other programming language is a little bit of Perl). Even if the other chapters turn out to be rubbish (which I very much doubt), then I would still say, this has been well worth the money. I have learnt (and retained) that much.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Go buy it.
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