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Overview

Get the essential, straightforward information you need to master the core capabilities of Visual Basic 2005. Focusing on the language and the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 base class library, a well-known authority on Visual Basic provides both new and experienced developers the pragmatic guidance and examples they need to build innovative solutions.

Discover how to:

  • Compress files, manipulate ACLs, use semaphores, and exploit other new capabilities in the .NET Framework 2.0
  • Implement generics to define a type-safe data structure
  • Use inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, delegates, and attributes to write flexible applications
  • Use the My namespace to perform common tasks more easily
  • Work with the new editing and debugging features of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
  • Master regular expressions and perform complex text searches and input validation
  • Take advantage of streams, serialization, and threading techniques
  • Implement advanced programming techniques based on custom attributes, reflection, and on-the-fly compilation
  • Interact with legacy code by using PInvoke and COM Interop
  • Understand key differences from Visual Basic 6.0Get code samples on the Web
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Want to write faster, more robust VB 2005 code -- and do it more efficiently? You’ll love Francesco Balena’s Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 2005.

Today, VB 2005’s generics, custom events, operator overloading and other key enhancements offer immense opportunities -- if you know how and when to use them. That’s Balena’s goal here: to help you master the language, choose the right tools, manage their trade-offs, and integrate them optimally.

He covers the core language in exceptional detail, plus crucial .NET foundation classes: memory management, serialization, threading, reflection, PInvoke, COM Interop. You’ll find extensive coverage of the new My Namespace, and a full chapter on .NET regular expressions. Finally, unlike most authors of VB books, Balena also shows how to take full advantage of Visual Studio 2005: from templates to refactoring to macros. For serious VB developers, this book’s indispensable. Bill Camarda, from the March 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735621831
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2006
  • Edition description: 2005 ed.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesco Balena is a well-known and highly regarded developer and author. He has written numerous Microsoft Press® books, including the widely acclaimed Programming Microsoft Visual Basic® titles, and edits a popular Web site on .NET programming. Francesco is a cofounder of Code Architects srl, an Italian software company that specializes in using Microsoft technologies to create enterprise-level solutions and programming tools. In addition, he is a regional director for MSDN® Italy, and a frequent speaker at developer conferences.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
Introduction;
Where Visual Basic is coming from and heading to;
Becoming a better developer;
Not the usual programming language reference;
Live updates and feedback;
Who Is This Book For?;
Organization of This Book;
System Requirements;
Technology Updates;
Code Samples;
Support for This Book;
The Basics;
Chapter 1: Introducing the Microsoft .NET Framework;
1.1 A .NET Glossary;
Chapter 2: Basic Language Concepts;
2.1 Modules, Classes, and Namespaces;
2.2 Variables;
Chapter 3: Control Flow and Error Handling;
3.1 Execution Flow Control;
3.2 Error Handling;
Chapter 4: Using Visual Studio 2005;
4.1 Working with Projects and Solutions;
4.2 Writing Code;
4.3 Miscellaneous New and Old Features;
Chapter 5: Debugging Visual Basic Applications;
5.1 Debugging Techniques;
5.2 Tracing and Benchmarking;
5.3 Unit Testing;
5.4 More Debugging and Testing Techniques;
Object-Oriented Programming;
Chapter 6: Class Fundamentals;
6.1 Fields;
6.2 Methods;
6.3 Properties;
6.4 Constructors;
6.5 Shared Members;
6.6 Partial Classes;
6.7 Operator Overloading;
6.8 Managing Types with Visual Studio;
Chapter 7: Delegates and Events;
7.1 Delegates;
7.2 Events;
Chapter 8: Inheritance;
8.1 Inheritance Basics;
8.2 Overriding Members in the Base Class;
8.3 Sealed and Virtual Classes;
8.4 Scope;
8.5 Visual Inheritance;
Chapter 9: Object Lifetime;
9.1 The Need for Garbage Collection;
9.2 Advanced Techniques;
Chapter 10: Interfaces;
10.1 Defining and Implementing Interfaces;
10.2 Using .NET Interfaces;
Chapter 11: Generics;
11.1 The Need for Generics;
11.2 Authoring Generic Types;
11.3 Advanced Topics;
Working with the .NET Framework;
Chapter 12: .NET Basic Types;
12.1 The System.Object Type;
12.2 String Types;
12.3 Numeric Types;
12.4 The DateTime Type;
12.5 Enums;
Chapter 13: Arrays and Collections;
13.1 The Array Type;
13.2 The System.Collections Namespace;
13.3 Generic Collections;
Chapter 14: Regular Expressions;
14.1 Regular Expression Overview;
14.2 Regular Expression Types;
14.3 Regular Expressions at Work;
Chapter 15: Files, Directories, and Streams;
15.1 The Path Type;
15.2 The Directory and File Types;
15.3 The DirectoryInfo and FileInfo Types;
15.4 The DriveInfo Type;
15.5 The FileSystemWatcher Type;
15.6 Working with Access Control Lists;
15.7 The Stream Type;
15.8 Other Stream Types;
Chapter 16: The My Namespace;
16.1 Overview of the My Namespace;
16.2 Extending and Customizing the My Namespace;
Chapter 17: Assemblies and Resources;
17.1 Components;
17.2 Assemblies;
17.3 Resources and Satellite Assemblies;
17.4 The Binding Process;
17.5 Configuration Files;
17.6 The NGen Tool;
Advanced Topics;
Chapter 18: Reflection;
18.1 Working with Assemblies and Modules;
18.2 Working with Types;
18.3 Reflection at Run Time;
Chapter 19: Custom Attributes;
19.1 Introducing Custom Attributes;
19.2 A Custom Attribute for CSV Serialization;
19.3 Building a Benchmark Tool;
19.4 Writing Plug-ins for Windows Forms Applications;
19.5 A Framework for N-Tiered Applications;
Chapter 20: Threads;
20.1 Threading Fundamentals;
20.2 Thread Synchronization;
20.3 Using the Thread Pool;
20.4 Asynchronous Operations;
20.5 Threading in Windows Forms Applications;
Chapter 21: Serialization;
21.1 Basic Serialization;
21.2 Custom Serialization;
Chapter 22: PInvoke and COM Interop;
22.1 Using PInvoke;
22.2 Calling COM Components from .NET;
22.3 Calling .NET Objects from COM;
Francesco Balena;

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