If you're new to Visual Basic .NET, you'll like the way this book starts: by walking you through the construction of a working loan amortizer -- first for Windows, then as a web application. In just a couple of chapters, you get a real feel for the VB .NET environment, the workflow involved in building applications, and the similarities and differences in .NET Web and Windows applications. Plus, a real sense of accomplishment and a useful program.
But this is in no sense "just" a beginner's book. The authors, both enterprise developers, bring their experience to bear in detailed explanations of creating code components, in guidance on designing effective user interfaces, and throughout the book.
Brian Siler and Jeff Spotts take you into every key area of VB .NET development. For example, there's a full section on database integration -- from the basics of database design and SQL through ADO.NET access and Crystal Reports reporting. Another full section focuses on web development, including ASP .NET server controls for validation, tables, calendars, and so forth. You'll find coverage of building Pocket PC applications; performance tuning and debugging; even "borrowing" Microsoft Office functionality. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.