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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.