Programming Visual Basic 2008

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Ever since Visual Basic was merged into .NET, it's become the core language for creating business applications with Windows. The latest version, VB 2008, is even more useful — and provides even more incentive for migrating from VB 6. All it lacks is a good book on how to harness its power. Programming Visual Basic 2008 fills the void.

Written in a lively and engaging style by a developer who's grown up with Visual Basic, including both VB 6 and VB .NET, this hands-on guide ...

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Programming Visual Basic 2008: Build .NET 3.5 Applications with Microsoft's RAD Tool for Business

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Overview

Ever since Visual Basic was merged into .NET, it's become the core language for creating business applications with Windows. The latest version, VB 2008, is even more useful — and provides even more incentive for migrating from VB 6. All it lacks is a good book on how to harness its power. Programming Visual Basic 2008 fills the void.

Written in a lively and engaging style by a developer who's grown up with Visual Basic, including both VB 6 and VB .NET, this hands-on guide addresses the core topics of the new VB, from basic to complex, with plenty of code examples.

Programming Visual Basic 2008 also examines .NET programming from the application level with a chapter-by-chapter plan for developing, documenting, and deploying a full data-driven application. You learn, step-by-step, how to build and deploy a library management system, complete with patron, inventory, and barcode support.

The book's broad range of topics include:

  • VB language and its syntax
  • An overview of the .NET Framework
  • Object-oriented development in VB and .NET
  • Generic objects, collections, and nullable types
  • Design and management of software projects
  • Integrating desktop features with Windows Forms
  • Database design with SQL Server 2008
  • Database interface design with ADO.NET
  • The new LINQ feature, and how to use it within VB and .NET
  • Embedding XML within application source code
  • Encryption and authentication in .NET
  • Interacting with data stored in files and directories
  • Web development using ASP.NET
  • Deploying an application to a user's workstation
  • And much more

Programming Visual Basic 2008 is ideal for VB 6 programmers who are ready to move to .NET, as well as VB.NET programmers who wish to improve their project-focused software development skills. Programming novices and developers coming from other languages will find the book valuable because of its language instruction and project design knowledge.

Once you finish the book, you will have a firm grasp of VB 2008's core concepts and language elements, and understand how to build VB projects as they were intended — as complete, cohesive solutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596518431
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 992,541
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with 25 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, he spends his days writing Visual Basic applications. Tim has published five tutorial and reference books on Visual Basic development, along with several articles on Visual Basic and related technologies. His works include "Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell" and "Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook," both published by O'Reilly Media.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1: Introducing .NET

Chapter 2: Introducing Visual Basic

Chapter 3: Introducing the Project

Chapter 4: Designing the Database

Chapter 5: .NET Assemblies

Chapter 6: Data and Data Types

Chapter 7: Windows Forms

Chapter 8: Classes and Inheritance

Chapter 9: Functional Programming

Chapter 10: ADO.NET

Chapter 11: Security

Chapter 12: Overloads and Extensions

Chapter 13: XML

Chapter 14: Application Settings

Chapter 15: Files and Directories

Chapter 16: Generics

Chapter 17: LINQ

Chapter 18: User Interface

Chapter 19: Localization and Globalization

Chapter 20: Printing

Chapter 21: Reporting

Chapter 22: Licensing Your Application

Chapter 23: Web Development

Chapter 24: Adding Online Help

Chapter 25: Deployment

Chapter 26: Project Complete

Installing the Software

Software License Agreement

Colophon

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