Professional VB 2005 Paperback – Nov 10 2005
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From the Back Cover
Professional VB 2005
As Microsoft's most popular programming language in the world, Visual Basic allows applications to be written with dramatically less code. Programmers can simply drag and drop controls, such as buttons and dialog boxes, and then define their appearance and behavior. With VB 2005, this language has finally made the leap to becoming a true object-oriented language, and is now able to take advantage of everything the .NET Framework has to offer. This unparalleled author team combines their years of expert-level experience to provide you with the complete VB.NET developer resource. You'll be equipped with everything you need to know to take your abilities to the next level when writing robust, useful applications.
What you will learn from this book
- How to deal with the issues of security, data access, and the latest Visual Studio® 2005 IDE
- Working with namespaces, networking protocols, and generics
- How inheritance and interfaces can be used within Visual Basic®
- Definitions of objects, classes, instances, encapsulation, abstraction, and polymorphism
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced developers who have used Visual Basic and are looking to make the transition to VB 2005 and the .NET Framework.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Bill Evjen is an active proponent of .NET technologies and community-based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group (www.stlnet.org), one of the world’s first .NET user groups. Bill is also the founder and the executive director of the International .NET Association (INETA–www.ineta.org), which represents more than 375,000 members worldwide.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill is an acclaimed author and speaker on ASP.NET and XMLWeb Services. He has written or coauthored more than 10 books, including Professional C# 2005 and Professional ASP.NET 2.0 (Wrox), XMLWeb Services for ASP.NET, ASP.NET Professional Secrets (Wiley), and more.
Bill is a technical director for Reuters, the international news and financial services company, and he travels the world speaking to major financial institutions about the future of the IT industry. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a Russian language degree. When he isn’t tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at email@example.com.
Billy Hollis is coauthor of the first book ever published on Visual Basic .NET, VB.NET Programming on the Public Beta (Wrox Press) as well as numerous other books and articles on .NET. Billy is a Microsoft regional director and an MVP, and he was selected as one of the original .NET “Software Legends.” He writes a monthly column for MSDN Online and is heavily involved in training, consultation, and software development on the Microsoft .NET platform, focusing on smart-client development and commercial packages. He frequently speaks at industry conferences such as Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference, TechEd, and COMDES. Billy is a member of the INETA speakers’ bureau and speaks at user group meetings all over the United States.
Rockford Lhotka is the principal technology evangelist for Magenic Technologies (www.magenic.com), a company focused on delivering business value through applied technology and one of the nation’s premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. Rockford is the author of several books, including Expert Visual Basic .NET and C# Business Objects. He is a Microsoft Software Legend, regional director, MVP, and INETA speaker. He is a columnist for MSDN Online and contributing author for Visual Studio Magazine, and he regularly presents at major conferences around the world—including Microsoft PDC, Tech Ed, VS Live! and VS Connections. For more information go to www.lhotka.net.
Tim McCarthy is a principal engineer at InterKnowlogy, where he architects and builds highly scalable n-tier web and smart-client applications utilizing the latest Microsoft platforms and technologies. Tim’s expertise covers a wide range of Microsoft technologies, including, but not limited to: .NET Framework (ASP.NET/Smart Clients/Web Services), Active Directory, UDDI, SQL Server, Windows SharePoint Services/SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications. Tim has worked as a project technical lead/member as well as in a technical consulting role for several Fortune 500 companies. He has held the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certifications for several years and was one of the first wave of developers to earn the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for .NET and MCSD for .NET certifications. He also holds the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator certification for SQL Server 2000.
Tim has been an author and technical reviewer for several books from Wrox Press and most recently was a lead author on Professional VB.NET 2003. His other books include Professional Commerce Server 2000, and Professional ADO 2.5 Programming. Tim is currently working as a lead author on the next edition of Professional VB.NET. Tim has written numerous articles for the Developer .NET Update newsletter, developed packaged presentations for MSDN, and has written a whitepaper for Microsoft on using COM+ services in .NET. He has also written articles for SQL Server Magazine and Windows & .NET Magazine.
Tim has spoken at technical conferences around the world and several San Diego area user groups (including both .NET and SQL Server groups) and he has been a regular speaker at the Microsoft Developer Days conference in San Diego for the last several years. Tim has also delivered MSDN webcasts, many of which were repeat requests from Microsoft. Tim also teaches custom .NET classes to companies in need of expert .NET mentoring and training.
Tim holds a B.B.A. in marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as an M.B.A. in marketing from National University. Before becoming an application developer, Tim was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Tim’s passion for .NET is only surpassed by his passion for Notre Dame athletics.
Rama Ramachandran is a software architect at DKR Capital, a major hedge fund company in Stamford, Connecticut. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and Site-Builder and has excelled in designing and developing WinForms and Web applications using .NET, ASP.NET, Visual Basic and SQL Server. Rama has more than 15 years’ experience with all facets of the software development lifecycle and has cowritten Introducing .NET, Professional ASP Data Access, Professional Visual InterDev Programming (all Wrox Press), and four books on classic Visual Basic.
Rama is also the “ASP Pro” at Devx.com, where he maintains ASP-related columns. He teaches .NET Development and Web Development for Fairfield University’s master’s degree in software engineering, and at the University of Connecticut. You can reach Rama at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent Sharkey. Born in an igloo and raised by wolves in a strange realm called “Manitoba,” Kent Sharkey wandered the wilderness until found by a group of kind technical evangelists and migrated to Redmond. He now is content strategist (yeah, he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do either) for ASP.NET content on MSDN. When not answering email he dreams of sleeping, complains to everyone around (come to think of it, he does that while answering email as well), and attempts to keep his housemates (Babi, Cica, and Squirrel) happy.
Bill Sheldon is a software architect and engineer originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Holding a degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) qualification, Bill has been employed as an engineer since resigning his commission with the U.S. Navy following the first Gulf War. Bill is involved with the San Diego .NET User Group and writes for Windows and .NET magazines, including the twice monthly Developer .NET Update email newsletter. He is also a frequent online presenter for MSDN and speaks at live events such as Microsoft Developer Days. He lives with his wife, Tracie, in Southern California, where he is employed as a principal engineer with InterKnowlogy. You can reach Bill at email@example.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Some of the sections are strong, but many key concepts are not mentioned at all. I'll focus on data access as an example.
I realize any book on VB quickly becomes huge, and this one comes with 1000+ pages. But that's 1,066 pages with no mention of TableAdapters, a key new data access object in .NET 2.0. Perhaps the author of the section believes that use of a DataAdapter is always a better choice; if so, TableAdapter weaknesses should be described so that readers are aware of them. Microsoft believes the object is so fundamental that it is the first topic described on MSDN - after "Getting Started with Data Access" and before "Connecting to Data in Visual Studio." I don't understand why this new object, which is used to fill datasets and datatables, is not mentioned in a section titled "ADO.NET 2.0 enhancements to the DataSet and DataTable".
All aspects of data access, a fundamental part of almost any application, are covered in 48 pages. Twenty of those pages comprise a section "Building a Data Access Component" that includes many errors. None of the errors reported to the publisher two months ago are yet included in the errata.
In a related area, I could find no mention of the new BindingSource class or BindingSource component, key new features to support Windows Forms data binding.
This may have been one of the first books released on VB 2005, but whatever your level of experience, it's certainly not the best.
For the most part, real world scenarios are not given in this book. The authors prefer to keep it generic and will tend to focus on the mechanics of the language.
This book is definitely for higher level programmers who do not yet know VB very well. Beginners will get lost quickly.
This book is not for the casual reader. This is a college style textbook that requires your full attention, and portions of it need to be read more than once.
Overall, when you finish, you will have an in depth knowledge of VB 2005.
The big changes in VB 2005 and the .NET environment is that most tasks take far less code to implement. This combined with the leap to VB becoming an object-oriented language has extended its ability to be used to code more extensive enterprise applications.
Shipping as part of Visual Studio 2005 Microsoft includes ASP.NET which is also covered here as part of the use of VB in programming for web sites. Other web oriented subjects included here include an introduction to XML which is used with the web to facilitate machine to machine communications. This is changing the very concept of the web where the data the site displays to a user may come from other machines literally anywhere in the world.
At almost 1200 pages, there's a lot of material here. It's well written, and covers just about everything you'd want to know about VB. I found a few small errors, but no real problems.
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