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When you’ve written 100,000-plus lines of commercial VB code, like James Foxall, you can’t help but appreciate standards. They help you write more reliable code, avoid those stupid head-shaking errors we all make, and help others maintain your code once you’ve ridden off into the sunset. Unlike the rest of us, though, Foxall doesn’t merely like standards: he’s compiled a definitive set of them for every VB.NET developer.
This book builds on Foxall’s respected VB6 standards guide to reflect all that’s new or changed in VB.NET, from Web Forms to multithreading. Much of this is common sense -- crystallized into exceptionally useful form. For example, to write self-documenting code, avoid ambiguities. How can you tell if a statement references a variable or a control? Option Strict helps, but it isn’t enough: use Hungarian notation for variables.
Form matters. Program structure matters more. Does each variable serve only one clearly defined purpose? Have you avoided hard-coded “magic numbers”? Are you making the most of objects? Are your solutions packaged appropriately? Foxall shows what to do -- and not to do. From page 1 to his reusable object templates on CD-ROM, this book will be indispensable to your entire team. 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.