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Overview

Visual Basic .NET, the successor to Visual Basic 6, is a powerful, fully object-oriented programming tool that allows you to create rich desktop applications for Windows and Web applications. Gefen and Govindarajulu's Advanced Visual Basic® .NET presents complex topics in Visual Basic .NET in an accessible manner that is easy to understand. Begin with a comprehensive review of VB .NET fundamentals before delving into ADO .NET, ASP .NET, and other advanced topics of VB .NET programming.

Following the proven teaching approach of including both conceptual and practical materials in every lecture, each chapter in this book features two sections: a theoretical section and a hands-on review lab section. The theory sections focus on the syntactical and structural elements of VB .NET, while the lab sections focus on guided application building to reinforce student learning. The topics covered in this book include:

  • Fundamentals of VB .NET programming
  • Directory and file handling in VB .NET combined with access methods
  • Multithreading
  • Graphics
  • ActiveX Data Objects .NET (ADO .NET)
  • Active Server Pages. NET (ASP .NET) using the code-behind programming model

All the lab examples are included with the student CD to facilitate student learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130893673
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

David Gefen is an Associate Professor of MIS at Drexel University. David was a senior MIS project manager in charge of the design, programming, implementation, and ongoing improvement of a large complex IT before entering academia. Prior to that he was a systems analyst, database administrator, and senior programmer. As a professor, he specialized in teaching database analysis and design, programming languages, and MIS management for the last six years. David won the distinguished LeBow Excellence in Teaching Award and the Drexel University Faculty Teaching Award, Graduate Level. Professor Gefen received his Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in 1997. He has over forty five refereed publications to his name, many of them in the top MIS journals.

Chittibabu Govindarajulu is an Assistant Professor of MIS at Drexel University. He has been teaching Visual Basic since 1996, the year he graduated from University of Mississippi with a Ph.D. in MIS. Professor Govindarajulu has an extensive publication record (over twenty five refereed publications), several of which are in top MIS journals. Before Ph.D. he served as a Deputy Contracts Officer in an Atomic Power Project where he oversaw development of purchase related information systems. Professor Govindarajulu specializes in teaching Windows and Web development courses using ASP, VB.NET, ASP NET, ADO NET. and Cold Fusion.

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Read an Excerpt

The idea for this book came when we realized how helpful the hands-on theory application approach we developed when teaching Visual Basic and Database Analysis and Design was to our students. In this method, theory is introduced within the context of its application and is then relearned through hands on application building whereby students end each class with after building at least one new application that demonstrates the material. The method is very much based on Dr. Gefen's industry experience. This is how Dr. Gefen used to train new programmers in his team. The book itself is based on a series of highly successful courses taught by the authors using this approach at the undergraduate and graduate level at Drexel University.

An advantage of this method is that students are not overloaded with man" language and syntax details before they begin applying the concepts. Rather, students learn to apply these concepts as they are taught. This makes learning much easier y letting the students ground the theoretical concepts in an actual application and so getting a good feel for it. VB.NET is a unique and powerful language that is based on the .NET framework. It combines a fully object oriented language with a powerful graphical user interface. Teaching such a language requires detailed attention to both theory and hands-on practice because of the complexity of the theory, especially since students often learn VB.NET as their first programming language. This textbook was written with the recognition that special attention must be given to presenting the material in such a way that while being comprehensive in covering the theory part of the language and the extensive .NET architecture it is based upon, the presentation should still present the material in a manageable easy to understand manner.

Combining these needs, this book presents the successful hands-on theory application method combined with extensive review labs. These labs guide the student in a detailed manner in building an application that demonstrates the main topics discussed in that chapter. This method teaches the extensive VB.NET theory within the context of hands-on application building so that the student clearly understands the context to tie theory into. We wrote the book based on our experience that theory alone is hard to learn and that hands-on practice alone does not provide a sufficiently deep understanding of how to implement the language. Integrating these two perspectives enable the students see the big picture, the theory, at a high level, while still firmly rooted with their feet on the ground, applying this theory in code.

The book, although being an advanced VB.NET book, starts with a detailed review of the basics. We have discovered that students in advanced courses often require a review of the material they have learned earlier on in their academic endeavor. The comprehensive summary provides a necessary resource for an advanced course by summarizing and extending previously acquired knowledge. At the same time, this summary is also written in such a way that, beyond being a review, the book can serve as the first textbook in a series of VB.NET courses. The book then delves into more advanced topics, including file and directory management, access methods, graphics, and multi-threading, before dealing with the core material of ADO and ASP.

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Table of Contents



1. An Essential Introduction.

The Underlying Philosophy of Objects. Rapid Application Design. Classes and Namespaces. .NET Architecture Overview.


2. Review of Variables, Constants, Data Types, and More.

Variables. Constants. Literals. Data Types. Casting. Numeric Data. Strings and Dates.


3. Review of Arrays and Control Statements.

Arrays. Structures. Enum. Control Statements. Catching and Handling Errors. Structured Exception Handling. A Quick Look at Delegates.


4. A Detailed Look at Object Orientation.

Object-Oriented Programming. Encapsulation. Polymorphism. Inheritance. Namespaces and Classes. Designing and Using a Class Module. Object Lifecycle.


5. Directories, Files, Paths and Sequential File Access.

Paths. Directories. Files. Directory and File Dialogs. Streams. Sequential Access Method.


6. The Binary Access Method.

Binary Access. Encryption. FileStream Class. Serialization and Persistent Objects. Random Access Method.


7. Graphics and Animation.

The System. Drawing. Graphics Namespace.


8. Multithreading.

Multithreading. Thread Data Sharing and Synchronization. Thread States.


9. Overview of Database Programming.

Databases. An Overview of ADO.NET.


10. The Connected Layer Command and DataReader Classes.

Command Object. DataReader.


11. More on the Connected Layer.

The Data Form Wizard. The Query Builder Window. The Data Form Wizard with Parameters in SQL Server.


12. The Disconnected Layer.

Data Set Class and its Related Classes. Example of the Dataset and DataTable Classes. Data Set Methods and Properties. Data Table Methods and Properties.


13. Multi-Table Data Sets.

Multi-table Data Sets. Data Relations and Constraints. Data Sets Without a Data Adapter. Data Row Methods and Properties.


14. A Review of Active Server Pages.NET.

WebPages and Web Server. Form Controls. Intro to ASP.NET. Server Controls. Validation Controls. Other ASP.NET Controls.


15. Active Server Pages.NET and ActiveX Data Objects.NET.

HTTPRequest Class. HTTPResponse Class. Maintaining State in Web Applications. HTTPSessionState Class. Intrinsic Classes in ASP.NET. ActiveX Data Objects.NET. .NET Data Providers, OLE DB.NET Data Providers. The SQL Server.NET Data Providers.


16. Web Services.


Appendix: SQL.

SQL Overview. DDL. DML Select, Join and Union in the Select Command. DML Action Queries. Performance Considerations in SQL.

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Preface

The idea for this book came when we realized how helpful the hands-on theory application approach we developed when teaching Visual Basic and Database Analysis and Design was to our students. In this method, theory is introduced within the context of its application and is then relearned through hands on application building whereby students end each class with after building at least one new application that demonstrates the material. The method is very much based on Dr. Gefen's industry experience. This is how Dr. Gefen used to train new programmers in his team. The book itself is based on a series of highly successful courses taught by the authors using this approach at the undergraduate and graduate level at Drexel University.

An advantage of this method is that students are not overloaded with man" language and syntax details before they begin applying the concepts. Rather, students learn to apply these concepts as they are taught. This makes learning much easier y letting the students ground the theoretical concepts in an actual application and so getting a good feel for it. VB.NET is a unique and powerful language that is based on the .NET framework. It combines a fully object oriented language with a powerful graphical user interface. Teaching such a language requires detailed attention to both theory and hands-on practice because of the complexity of the theory, especially since students often learn VB.NET as their first programming language. This textbook was written with the recognition that special attention must be given to presenting the material in such a way that while being comprehensive in covering the theory part of the language and the extensive .NET architecture it is based upon, the presentation should still present the material in a manageable easy to understand manner.

Combining these needs, this book presents the successful hands-on theory application method combined with extensive review labs. These labs guide the student in a detailed manner in building an application that demonstrates the main topics discussed in that chapter. This method teaches the extensive VB.NET theory within the context of hands-on application building so that the student clearly understands the context to tie theory into. We wrote the book based on our experience that theory alone is hard to learn and that hands-on practice alone does not provide a sufficiently deep understanding of how to implement the language. Integrating these two perspectives enable the students see the big picture, the theory, at a high level, while still firmly rooted with their feet on the ground, applying this theory in code.

The book, although being an advanced VB.NET book, starts with a detailed review of the basics. We have discovered that students in advanced courses often require a review of the material they have learned earlier on in their academic endeavor. The comprehensive summary provides a necessary resource for an advanced course by summarizing and extending previously acquired knowledge. At the same time, this summary is also written in such a way that, beyond being a review, the book can serve as the first textbook in a series of VB.NET courses. The book then delves into more advanced topics, including file and directory management, access methods, graphics, and multi-threading, before dealing with the core material of ADO and ASP.

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