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What is this book about?
In Beginning VB.NET 2003, 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 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 does this book cover?
Here just a few of the things you'll learn in this book:
Who is this book 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.
Chapter 1: Welcome to Visual Basic .NET.
Chapter 2: The Microsoft .NET Framework.
Chapter 3: Writing Software.
Chapter 4: Controlling the Flow.
Chapter 5: Working with Data Structures.
Chapter 6: Building Windows Applications.
Chapter 7: Displaying Dialog Boxes.
Chapter 8: Creating Menus.
Chapter 9: Debugging and Error Handling.
Chapter 10: Building Objects.
Chapter 11: Advanced Object-Oriented Techniques.
Chapter 12: Building Class Libraries.
Chapter 13: Creating Your Own Custom Controls.
Chapter 14: Programming Custom Graphics.
Chapter 15: Accessing Databases.
Chapter 16: Database Programming with SQL Server and ADO.NET.
Chapter 17: Web Forms.
Chapter 18: Creating Web Server Controls.
Chapter 19: Visual Basic .NET and XML.
Chapter 20: Web Services and .NET Remoting.
Chapter 21: Deploying Your Application.
Chapter 22: Building Mobile Applications.
Appendix A: Where to Now?
Appendix B: Architecture and Design Patterns.
Appendix C: An Introduction to Code Security.
Appendix D: Exercise Answers.
Appendix E: Differences Between .NET Framework Versions 1.0 and 1.1.
Posted October 1, 2004
VB is widely considered one of the easier ways to build a GUI. Its latest incarnation is described here. The authors show you how Microsoft has tweaked it into the .NET framework. The teaching pace is deliberately measured. For example, in a chapter on making menus, the steps are set up in considerable detail, with many screen captures. The authors take little for granted in your programming background. The size of the book partially reflects the many diagrams offered. Since these can be very useful and reassuring to a new programmer, it is a good thing that the authors are so liberal in furnishing them. But the size is also a measure of how far VB has come from its Basic roots. VB now has strong object oriented capabilities, and several chapters use this. More for you to learn, of course. But in the long run, it might help your coding habits.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.