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Visual Basic .NET is the latest version of the most widely used programming language in the world, popular with professional developers and complete beginners alike. This book will teach you Visual Basic .NET from first principles. You'll quickly and easily learn how to write Visual Basic .NET code and create attractive windows and forms for the users of your applications. To get you started on the road to professional development, you'll also learn about object-oriented programming, creating your own controls, working with databases, creating menus, and working with graphics.

This second edition has been thoroughly tested on the full release version of .NET. The book is written in the proven Wrox beginning style with clear explanations and plenty of code samples. Every new concept is explained thoroughly with Try It Out examples and there are end-of-chapter questions to test yourself.

This book covers:

  • Installing Visual Basic .NET
  • How to write Visual Basic .NET code
  • What the .NET Framework is and why it's important
  • Controlling the flow through your application with loops and branching structures
  • Creating useful windows and screens
  • Creating your own menus
  • A complete introduction to object-oriented programming
  • Working with graphics
  • Creating your own controls
  • Accessing databases with ADO.NET
  • Creating applications for the Web

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.

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Now that VB.NET’s been in the marketplace for several months, and you’ve had time to read the reviews and kick the tires, it’s time to get serious and start coding. Chances are you’re moving from VB6 or an “older” language, but even if you’re learning your first language, Beginning VB.NET, Second Edition can help you leverage VB.NET’s immense power with surprisingly little pain.

Fully updated for (and tested against) the final .NET 1.0 release, this book stands out for its clear explanations of the basic concepts every VB.NET developer needs to understand. Objects. Methods. Properties. Encapsulation. Events. Flow control. Data structures. Arrays. And, equally, key .NET Framework features such as Windows Forms and common controls, Web Forms, XML support, and database integration with ADO.NET.

From "Hello, User" to floating-point math, client-server processing to web services, the authors are generous with “Try It Out” examples (all the code’s downloadable from Wrox's web site). There's a helpful, practical chapter on debugging and error handling. And, if you're so inclined, you can test yourself with end-of-chapter exercise questions. But even if you don't, with this book, it's a pretty good bet that you'll master the skills you've come for. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861007612
  • Publisher: Wrox Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Welcome to Visual Basic .NET 9
Ch. 2 Writing Software 41
Ch. 3 Controlling the Flow 97
Ch. 4 Building Objects 145
Ch. 5 The Microsoft.NET Framework 197
Ch. 6 Working with Data Structures 211
Ch. 7 Building Windows Applications 269
Ch. 8 Displaying Dialog Boxes 313
Ch. 9 Creating Menus 361
Ch. 10 Advanced Object-Oriented Techniques 395
Ch. 11 Debugging and Error Handling 447
Ch. 12 Building Class Libraries 479
Ch. 13 Creating Your Own Custom Controls 503
Ch. 14 Programming Custom Graphics 537
Ch. 15 Accessing Databases 591
Ch. 16 Database Programming with SQL Server and ADO.NET 621
Ch. 17 Web Forms 681
Ch. 18 Visual Basic .NET and XML 729
Ch. 19 Web Services 775
App. A: Where to Now? 815
App. B: Exercise Answers 821
Index 841
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