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Sams Teach Yourself More Visual Basic.NET in 21 Days provides step-by-step coverage of the most important new features of Visual Basic.NET and .NET that will allow programmers to begin creating rich Web applications and Web Services. Intermediate programmers gain the knowledge and skills to be able to design professional Windows applications and Web services. See how to use previous VB skills in this new environment. Covered topics include:

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Sams Teach Yourself More Visual Basic.NET in 21 Days provides step-by-step coverage of the most important new features of Visual Basic.NET and .NET that will allow programmers to begin creating rich Web applications and Web Services. Intermediate programmers gain the knowledge and skills to be able to design professional Windows applications and Web services. See how to use previous VB skills in this new environment. Covered topics include:

  • The .NET Framework; Classes and how to work with them;
  • Databases--the types available and how to pick the right one;
  • Review SQL and how to use it;
  • Application design process including developing a working prototype;
  • Create control objects that enhance applications;
  • How to use Crystal Reports; error-handling, performance, testing, and debugging;
  • How to get a product to market;
  • How to make use of XML in VB.NET.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Microsoft's new .NET initiative represents either the golden future of web technologies or an insidious plot to take over the world. Either way, expect demand for titles on Visual Basic .NET, the update to Visual Basic 6 and a major component in the .NET framework. Microsoft's February release of Visual Studio .NET, which includes the new Visual Basic, makes these newer titles a better choice than earlier releases on .NET technologies (see Computer Media, LJ 7/01). The two Teach Yourself titles are characteristically thorough, practical introductions for new VB .NET programmers that include quizzes and exercises for self-paced learning. 21 Days is a bit more extensive in its coverage, especially of the .NET framework as a whole. Both are solid purchases for all public libraries. Assuming familiarity with Visual Basic 6 and focusing on the changes in the new .NET version, Programmer's Introduction is less basic. Programmer's Reference is a useful supplement, containing definitions and sample code for common applications. Each definition features a description, syntax, parameters, returns, code sample, and See also. Unleashed is the most comprehensive of these titles, with more coverage of advanced object-oriented programming and ASP. NET. These titles are more appropriate for larger libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672322716
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 579
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Lowell Mauer has worked in the field of data processing for more than 22 years as a programmer, instructor, and consultant. He has taught programming at Brooklyn College in New York City and Montclair State College in New Jersey, and has developed and marketed several Visual Basic applications, including a SQL Server-based reservation system for a private golf course. As a manager he has attended and presented training sessions in several countries and is an expert is more than six computer languages, including Visual Basic and Transact-SQL. He currently is a senior consultant in New York City.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Q&A, and Workshop Section.)

Week 1. At a Glance.

Day 1. Writing Professional Visual Basic Applications.

A Brief Look at What's New in Visual Basic.NET. Taking a Brief Look at the .NET Framework. What Makes a Professional Application? Starting a Demo Project. Controls Added to the Toolbox. Making Controls Come Alive.

Day 2. The Face of a Windows Application.

What the Common Dialog Is All About. The Many Faces of the Common Dialog Control. The Three Types of Applications.

Day 3. Creating Simple Forms.

Working with Toolbars. Adding Menus. Inheriting Forms.

Day 4. Understanding the .NET Framework.

What Is the .NET Framework? Understanding the Common Language Runtime (CLR). Programming in .NET. Working with the .NET Tools.

Day 5. Working with Objects, Collections, and Arrays.

What Are Objects and Collections? Accessing Objects. Processing Loops.

Day 6. Understanding Procedures, Functions, and Logic.

Scoping Out the Variables. Passing Information. The Vulcan Way or Adding Logic to the Program.

Day 7. Building Complex Forms.

Designing the Form . Putting It All Together. Using the Date Controls.

Week 1. In Review.

Professional Applications and the Windows Interface. Using Collections and Other VB Concepts. Designing Complex Forms.

Week 2. At a Glance.

Day 8. Designing a Database Application.

What Is a Database? Building the Initial Design. Creating the Database. Building the Application Prototype.

Day 9. Processing Data.

Designing a Database. Using SQL: The Short Course. Working with the Visual Database Tools.

Day 10. Accessing the Database.

Visual Basic and Data Access. Working with the ActiveX Data Control. ActiveX Data Objects. Introducing ADO.NET.

Day 11. Enhancing the Application with Custom Controls.

Using Custom Controls. Creating a Small Custom Control.

Day 12. Working with Crystal Reports.

What Is Crystal Reports? Taking a Look Around. Designing the Report. Adding the Crystal Reports Control to Your Application. Creating a User Interface.

Day 13. Coping with Error Handling.

Understanding the Types of Errors. The Error Handling Process. Handling Errors.

Day 14. Testing and Debugging the Application.

Understanding What Bugs Are. Finding the Problems. Other Debugging Tools to Use.

Week 2. In Review.

Database Design and Access. Enhancing the Application. Using Crystal Reports. Tuning the Application.

Week 3. At a Glance.

Day 15. Programming for the Internet.

Adding Internet Control Access. Coding in HTML.

Day 16. Creating a Web Application.

Introducing ASP.NET. Creating a Simple Web Application. Adding Functionality to the Application.

Day 17. Adding Data Access to the Web.

Reviewing ADO.NET. Adding Database Access to the Application. Using Crystal Reports.

Day 18. Building Online Help.

Designing a Help System. Using the HTML Help Workshop. Converting from Older Help Projects. Using Advanced HTML Help Features. Connecting Help to the Visual Basic Application.

Day 19. Tuning and Tweaking Performance.

Creating the Right Impression. Getting the Application to Perform Better. Using Resource Files

Day 20. Finishing the Application.

Understanding What Makes Up a Windows Application. Distributing the Application. Ensuring Ownership of Your Code. Making the Final Decision: How to Sell Your Product.

Day 21. Working with Web Services.

What Is a Web Service? Creating a Simple Web Service.

Week 3. In Review.

Internet and the Web. Help and the Application. Finishing the Application.


Appendix A. Answers to Quizzes and Exercises.

Day 1, Writing Professional Visual Basic Applications. Day 2, The Face of a Windows Application. Day 3, Creating Simple Forms. Day 4, Understanding the .NET Framework. Day 5, Working with Objects, Collections, and Array Processing. Day 6, Understanding Procedures, Functions, and Logic. Day 7, Building Complex Forms. Day 8, Designing a Database Application. Day 9, Processing Data. Day 10, Accessing the Database. Day 11, Enhancing the Application with Custom Objects. Day 12, Working with Crystal Reports. Day 13, Coping with Error Handling. Day 14, Testing and Debugging the Application. Day 15, Programming for the Internet. Day 16, Creating a Web Application. Day 17, Adding Data Access to the Web. Day 18, Building Online Help. Day 19, Tuning and Tweaking Performance. Day 20, Finishing the Application. Day 21, Working with Web Services.


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