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The authoritative DEITEL® live-code introduction to object-oriented programming with Visual Basic® 2008, .NET 3.5, LINQ, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, WCF web services and Silverlight™!

Visual Basic® is one of the world’s most popular object-oriented languages. This new edition uses a friendly, carefully paced approach to developing both desktop and web-based applications.

"Rich programming examples and explanations of the concepts. An enjoyable read—many ‘light bulb’ moments throughout. I’m a big fan of the gradually developed GradeBook case study! Building the ATM application chapter-by-chapter shows the amount of work in programming a major application. Excellent bank account [file processing] examples. The Silverlight™ Weather application is great." –James Keysor, Florida Institute of Tech.

"The best resource to learn object-oriented programming using VB 2008. I recommend this book to novices and advanced programmers." –Jesús Ubaldo Quevedo-Torrero, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, CS Dept.

"A comprehensive educational experience for the aspiring Visual Basic programmer. From the basics of control flow and data structures to advanced topics like multimedia, generics, Ajax and service protocols, this book teaches you everything you need to know to build great applications the right way." –Joe Stagner, Microsoft

"Superb job explaining inheritance. A well-designed introduction to WPF GUI. A good job explaining how XAML can be used to integrate with multimedia, graphics and the Internet." –Amit K. Ghosh, U. of Texas, El Paso

"The TV/Video Viewer is an excellent example which will enthuse students and help them see how complex graphics effects can be created easily in WPF. A good example of the power of data binding in WPF. An excellent introduction to SQL database queries and LINQ to SQL." –Ged Mead, Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic), DevCity.Net

"An excellent introduction to

"Very good introduction to WCF and web services protocols." –Marcelo Guerra Hahn, Microsoft

"Impressive introduction to collections and generics! " –Kim Hamilton, Microsoft

"I can’t wait to see what amazing things your readers do once they are armed with this newfound knowledge." –Chris Lovett, Software Architect, Microsoft

"Helps you create rich desktop-based Windows Forms or WPF applications, or scalable web-based applications using ASP.NET or Silverlight™." –Anand Mukundan, Polaris Software Lab Ltd.

Visual Basic® 2008 How to Program provides comprehensive object-oriented programming coverage and many integrated case studies: classes (GradeBook, Time, Employee), optional OOD/UMLTM 2 ATM system, WPF (painter, color chooser, clock, book cover viewer), multitier database-driven web applications (guest book, secure book database), WCF web services (blackjack, airline reservation system, equation generator) and Silverlight™ (weather viewer, Flickr™ viewer, deep zoom, video selector).

Paul J. Deitel and Dr. Harvey M. Deitel are the founders of Deitel & Associates, Inc., the internationally recognized corporate training, content creation and Internet business development organization specializing in Visual Basic®, C#, Visual C++¨, Java™, C, C++,

Visual C#¨ 2008 How to Program, 3/e, Java™ How to Program, 7/e, Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 4/e, andC++ How to Program, 6/e.

Visual Basic 2008 How to Program’s user resources include web sites ( and with the book’s code examples and information for faculty, students and professionals. Contact the authors at
For information on corporate training worldwide, and to subscribe to the DEITEL¨ BUZZ newsletter, visit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136053057
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Series: How to Program Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1600
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Deitel, CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he studied Information Technology. He holds the Java Certified Programmer and Java Certified Developer certifications, and has been designated by Sun Microsystems as a Java Champion. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc., he has delivered Java, C, C++, C# and Visual Basic courses to industry clients, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Software, Boeing, Stratus, Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, Nortel Networks, Puma, iRobot, Invensys and many more. He has also lectured on Java and C++ for the Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. He and his father, Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, are the world’s best-selling programming language textbook authors.

Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., has 45 years of academic and industry experience in the computer field. Dr. Deitel earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the MIT and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has 20 years of college teaching experience, including earning tenure and serving as the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Boston College before founding Deitel & Associates, Inc., with his son, Paul J. Deitel. He and Paul are the co-authors of several dozen books and multimedia packages and they are writing many more. With translations published in Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Urdu and Turkish, the Deitels’ texts have earned international recognition. Dr. Deitel has delivered hundreds of professional seminars to major corporations, academic institutions, government organizations and the military.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Visual Basic.

2. Introduction to the Visual Basic Express 2008 IDE.

3. Introduction to Visual Basic Programming.

4. Introduction to Classes and Objects.

5. Control Statements: Part 1.

6. Control Statements: Part 2.

7. Methods: A Deeper Look.

8. Arrays.

9. Introduction to LINQ and Collections

10. Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look.

11. Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance.

12. Object-Oriented Programming: Polymorphism.

13. Exception Handling.

14. Graphical User Interfaces with Windows Forms.

15. Graphical User Interfaces with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and XAML.

16. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Graphics.

17. Strings, Characters and Regular Expressions.

18. Files and Streams.

19. Extensible Markup Language (

20. Databases, LINQ to SQL

21. ASP.NET and ASP.NET Ajax.

22. Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

23. Microsoft® Silverlight™ and Rich Internet Applications.

24. Data Structures.and Generic Collections

Appendix A. Operator Precedence Chart.

Appendix B. Primitive Types.

Appendix C. Number Systems.

Appendix D. Using the Visual Studio® Debugger.

Appendix E. ATM Case Study Code.

Appendix F. UML 2: Additional Diagram Types.

Appendix G. ASCII Character Set.

Appendix H. Unicode®.

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