Pro Visual Studio .NET / Edition 1

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Visual Studio is the only suitable environment for professional development of .NET 1.1, and it is just about the only choice for developers in Microsoft technology. It is a complex and feature-rich vehicle mainly for C#, VB .NET, and web development, and drawing out its full potential can be a challenge for novice and professional programmers alike.

Pro Visual Studio .NET reveals and demystifies Visual Studio to enable programmers to do their job more quickly and with fewer errors. The authors of this book are all well known in each field of .NET development, and offer their hands-on experience of making the tool work in the real world. They’ll show you how to tweak this environment to get the very best out of it, and you'll learn by seeing practical tasks put into, and through Studio, to get the best results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593684
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kunal Cheda is a senior analyst working with Syntel India Ltd. He started his career with VB 5.0 in 1998, and since then he has used variety of languages and platforms, including VB .NET, C#, Java, Remoting, web services, ASP, and ASP.NET, among others. Kunal was awarded the "Most Valuable Professional" award from Microsoft for .NET and is currently a Microsoft India Communities Star. He enjoys teaching others, programming, and architecting distributed solutions. His hobbies include playing guitar and listening music. He can be reached at

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Brian Bischof is the president of Bischof Systems, Inc., a software development firm providing custom solutions to businesses for the past 12 years. He has been a corporate trainer for the past three years and has taught Visual Basic to programmers from companies such as Intel, Toshiba, Bank One, Exxon, Texaco, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin. His professional certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Rob Harrop is a software consultant specializing in delivering high-performance, highly-scalable enterprise applications. He is an experienced architect with a particular flair for understanding and solving complex design issues. With a thorough knowledge of both Java and .NET, Harrop has successfully deployed projects across both platforms. He also has extensive experience across a variety of sectors, retail and government in particular.

Harrop is the author of five books, including Pro Spring, a widely-acclaimed, comprehensive resource on the Spring Framework.

Harrop has been a core developer of the Spring Framework since June 2004 and leads the JMX and AOP efforts. He co-founded U.K.-based software company, Cake Solutions, in May 2001, having spent the previous two years working as lead developer for a successful dotcom start-up. Rob is a member of the JCP and is involved in the JSR-255 Expert Group for JMX 2.0.

Colt Kwong is a Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" and a .NET addict. He is currently a .NET developer and instructor for an IT solution provider in Hong Kong. He specializes in Microsoft technologies, including .NET, Visual Basic, C# and ASP.NET. Kwong is an ASPInsider and moderates the official Microsoft ASP.NET and Windows community forums. He is the president of both the number one Hong Kong blogging community and Hong Kong .NET user group. Kwong speaks at several conferences each year and helps manage the International .NET Association (INETA) for the Asia Pacific & Greater China region. He is coauthor of Beginning Dynamic Web Sites with Web Matrix, ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook and Professional Visual Studio .NET. He can be reached at

Jan Machacek is a chief software architect at Cake Solutions Limited (, a U.K.-based software company. He has been an early adopter of Spring at Cake Solutions and has seen the dramatic change the Spring framework has brought to the Java world. As part of his job, Jan designs and oversees the development of majority of Cake's projects. Where appropriate, Jan also applies his interest in declarative programming and artificial intelligence. Throughout his programming career, Jan has designed and implemented large J2EE and .NET systems for the U.K. government and large private sector bodies. When not programming, Jan enjoys foreign languages; he also enters races and time trials as a member of the Manchester Wheelers' cycling club.

Jon Reid was editor for the C++ and Object Query Language components of the Object Data Management Group standard, and has co-authored several C# books.

Bill Sempf has spent many years writing about XML web services. He has coauthored numerous books and frequently contributes to, Hardcore Web Services, Inside Web Development Journal, and Intranet Journal. Sempf graduated from The Ohio State Univeristy with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and he is also a Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Internet Business Strategist, and Certified Internet Webmaster. Bill has developed over 100 web applications for both start-up and Fortune 50 companies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    Pace Eclipse

    This book is a collaborative effort by many authors, to show you how to use the latest VS.NET. You can see an impressive and well integrated set of capabilities and tools for a complete development environment in .NET. Microsoft has put in a ton of sweat to refine its earlier .NET offerings into this latest version. There is a heavy usage of XML as the preferred way to store relational data. Good. But for some of you, the screen captures of the IDE will be the most compelling part of the text. See how to quickly arrange projects and bring up a panoply of tools. A tremendous amount, but arranged to be as intuitive as possible, hopefully. The sheer mass of functionality within the IDE means that the resultant default arrangement must have been non-trivial to arrive at. What struck me most about all this was how it seemed to echo the Eclipse IDE for Java programmers. This book is coy. Scarcely a reference to Java, and none at all to Eclipse. Yet I think both IDEs are acting as a goad to each other. A race to provide better and better tools. Ultimately, that benefits you as a programmer, whichever languages you adopt.

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