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Visual Basic.NET Unleashed is a complete book on the fundamentals of programming with a fully object-oriented language filled with new idioms and capabilities. In addition to the fundamentals, this book covers:

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Visual Basic.NET Unleashed is a complete book on the fundamentals of programming with a fully object-oriented language filled with new idioms and capabilities. In addition to the fundamentals, this book covers:

  • Free threading and multithreading
  • Inheritance
  • Virtual methods and shared methods
  • Structured exception handling
  • Event handling
  • Encapsulation at the namespace level
  • Web Services
  • .NET Framework compatibility
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Enterprise developer and trainer Paul Kimmel has just written the soup-to-nuts guide to Visual Basic.NET for developers migrating from earlier versions. Visual Basic .NET Unleashed systematically covers both Windows and web development, taking an approach that's object-oriented through and through.

Kimmel begins by pointing out improvements in the new Visual Studio .NET, such as the VS.NET debugger, which can debug web apps across languages, projects, processes, and stored procedures. He then outlines major enhancements to VB itself, from references to variable scope changes and structured exception handling; they're all covered in greater detail later in the book.

There's a full section on advanced object-oriented VB.NET programming: namespaces, inheritance, polymorphism, shared methods, and attributes: classes for describing the metadata that's critical to .NET applications, and for extending Visual Studio .NET in powerful new ways.

We've barely scratched the surface: Kimmel offers extensive coverage of web services development with XML and SOAP; database access with .NET; component design; multithreading; and deployment. Along the way, he often shows you how to refactor code for improved robustness, clarity, and performance. If you're moving from VB6, chances are you'll be fixing a lot of code -- now's the time to really fix it! (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 Jersey–based 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.

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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.
From The Critics
Identifies the capabilities new to the latest version of Visual Basic. Written for experienced Visual Basic programmers, the guide demonstrates the effects object-oriented revisions in Visual Basic .NET have on interface design, using namespaces, defining classes, implementing delegates, inheritance, polymorphism, encapsulation, and shared methods. It also overviews classes in the common language runtime (CLR), and web programming with the new web services, ASP.NET, and server controls. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672322341
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 1/17/2002
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Pages: 757
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Visual Basic .NET UnleashedAuthor Bio

Paul Kimmel is the founder of Software Conceptions, Inc. Paul provides Visual Basic consulting services to small, medium, and large corporations, having architected and implemented client/server, e-commerce, and Web applications throughout the United States and Canada.

Paul Kimmel is the author of several books on .NET, Visual Basic, VBA, Delphi, and C++ programming and has been programming professionally for twelve years and contributing to and authoring periodicals and books since 1992. Paul Kimmel is the author of the Visual Basic newsletter, CodeGuru VB, for Earthweb, Inc. Paul resides in Okemos, Michigan with his wife, Lori, and four children—Trevor, Douglas, Alex, and Noah—and various and sundry pets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Introducing Visual Basic .NET 9
1 Using the Unified Visual Studio IDE 11
2 Out with the Old, In with the New 57
3 Basic Programming in Visual Basic .NET 109
4 Macros and Visual Studio Extensibility 141
5 Subroutines, Functions, and Structures 187
Pt. II Advanced object-Oriented Programming 225
6 Reflection 227
7 Creating Classes 253
8 Adding Events 305
9 Understanding Delegates 335
10 Inheritance and Polymorphism 371
11 Shared Members 399
12 Defining Attributes 427
Pt. III User Interface Design 459
13 Creating a Console Application 461
14 Multithreaded Applications 495
15 Using Windows Forms 525
16 Designing User Interfaces 559
17 Programming with GDI+ 587
Pt. IV Building Web Services 615
18 Using and Implementing Web Services 617
19 ASP.NET Web Programming 649
20 Writing to the Event Log 689
A VB6 Programming Element Changes in VB.NET 703
Bibliography 733
Index 735
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Best Start in .NET available

    With it's comprehensive coverage, written in clear & concise style, this is a must have for those just starting out in VB.NET

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Must have for VB Heads

    This book details the functionality of the new VB. Mr. Kimmel tells us to upgrade to take advantage of web services and the true object oriented language that VB finally implements. This book is very well thought out and clearly written. My business is consulting so I read a lot of these books. I rate this book high for beginners through intermediates.

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