Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the .NET Framework Class Library


Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the .NET Framework Class Library is the definitive guide every Visual Basic .NET developer needs to understand the capabilities of .NET namespaces and increase productivity inside the .NET framework. Lars Powersand Mike Snell have provided a comprehensive book that details the capabilities of the key namespaces, and then explains how to leverage them by extension or reference...
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Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the .NET Framework Class Library is the definitive guide every Visual Basic .NET developer needs to understand the capabilities of .NET namespaces and increase productivity inside the .NET framework. Lars Powersand Mike Snell have provided a comprehensive book that details the capabilities of the key namespaces, and then explains how to leverage them by extension or reference to create applications ranging from simple to complex.

Each chapter provides a brief introduction to the selected technology, followed by detailed suggestions, reference material, and a sample application that illustrates common programming tasks using the classes, interfaces, delegates, and events of a specific .NET namespace. This book answers the primary questions that VB .NET developers will face as they start developing code in the .NET environment, including: What does the .NET class library provide me in terms of re-usable code? Are there .NET structures available that I can use to accomplish a specific task? How do I go about interfacing with the .NET framework through my code?

Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the .NET Framework Class Library is acomprehensive guide as you learn how to use the .NET Framework classes, then it will become a trusted reference as your experience and needs grow in the world of .NET.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672322327
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/2/2002
  • Pages: 1121
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Lars Powers is co-owner of Brilliant Storm, a consulting company that specializes in developing intelligent tools for the .NET world. Lars has more than 10 years of experience in the software development sector, in roles ranging from programmer, designer, and architect to consultant, mentor, and project manager. Nearly all of his development expertise centers on designing and implementing highly distributed applications using Microsoft Visual Basic and COM technologies at companies large and small. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, and was one of the original "charter members" of this certification program, first certified as an MCSD in 1995.

Mike Snell is co-owner of Brilliant Storm with Lars Powers. Mike has spent the last six years defining scalable, enterprise-level architecture for client-server and Web-based projects. In addition, he has a strong background in software architecture using UML and project management. Mike has also achieved the distinction of Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I An Introduction to .NET 5
1 Evolution of .NET 7
The Composition of .NET 8
.NET's Relevance 16
The .NET Framework: Under the Hood 19
Summary 27
2 Evolution of VB. NET 29
Design Goals 30
New Language Concepts 31
Interactive Development Environment (IDE) 39
Summary 47
3 Object-Oriented Concepts in .NET 49
Classes--Wrapping Data and Behavior Together 51
Inheritance--Defining Classes in Terms of One Another 54
Polymorphism--Overriding One Class Method with Another 60
Summary 61
4 Introduction to the .NET Framework Class Library 63
Introducing the Framework Class Library 64
Enhancing Developer Productivity 66
The Elements of a Namespace 70
Programming with the Framework Class Library 75
Summary 79
Part II Working with the .NET Namespaces 81
5 Forms, Menus, and Controls 83
Key Classes Related to Windows Forms 84
Creating Forms 86
The Form Class Hierarchy 91
Visual Characteristics of Forms 92
Using the Clipboard 100
Creating Menus 103
Working with Menu Items 108
Handling Menu Events 116
An Introduction to Controls 124
Learning by Example: The EventLog Control 142
Summary 151
6 Font, Text, and Printing Operations 153
Key Classes Related to Font, Text, and Printing Operations 154
Font, Text, and Printing 156
Fonts 156
Learning by Example: FontPad, a Simple Text Editor 165
Printing 179
Learning by Example: Adding Printing Capabilities to FontPad 184
Printing and Font-Related Controls and Dialog Boxes 210
Summary 211
7 Stream and File Operations 213
Key Classes Related to File I/O 214
Directory and File Operations 216
Reading and Writing to Files and Streams 237
Learning By Example: Adding Open and Save to FontPad 252
Summary 271
8 Networking Functions 273
Key Classes Related to Network Programming 274
Sockets 278
A More Simplified Approach to Socket Programming 288
Implementing a Request/Response Model 292
Using the WebClient Class 301
An Asynchronous Request/Response Pattern 302
Authentication and Proxies 307
Learning by Example: A Socket Transmitter Application 312
Learning by Example: ISBNCrawler Application 329
Summary 342
9 Drawing Functions 343
Key Classes Related to Drawing 344
Drawing with the .NET Namespaces 347
Drawing Basics 348
Drawing Basic Shapes 355
Filling Shapes 361
Collections of Shapes 367
Working with Images 372
Transformations 375
Learning by Example: A Forms-Based Drawing Application 378
Summary 410
10 Reading and Writing XML 411
Key Classes Related to XML 412
Markup Languages 413
The Anatomy of an XML Document 416
Parsing XML Documents 421
Introducing the Xm1NodeReader Class 443
Writing XML Documents 444
XML Schemas 450
Validating XML Documents 463
Learning by Example: The Hotel Reservations Desk 467
Summary 487
11 XSLT and XPath 489
Key Classes Related to XSLT and XPath 490
XSLT--Document Transformation 491
XPath Basics 501
XSLT Processing with .NET 506
Working with XPath 515
Learning by Example: ReservationsDesk 2 524
Summary 538
12 Working with Threads 539
Key Classes Related to Threading 540
Understanding and Applying Threads 541
Basic Operations with Threads 546
Understanding Thread States 554
Avoiding Contention Issues 557
Variables and Their Scope 571
Learning by Example--ThreadedTimer 576
Learning by Example: Divide and Conquer 584
Summary 595
13 Messaging 597
Key Classes Related to Messaging 598
Messaging 600
Message Queues 604
Messages 621
Serialization 632
Transactional Messaging 641
Security and Encryption 649
Learning by Example: qManager 660
Summary 688
14 Browser/Server Communications 691
Key Classes Used for Browser/Server Communication 692
Client Request and Server Response 695
Determining Browser Capabilities 703
State Management 705
Learning by Example: MyStatus Indicator 712
Summary 720
15 Data Storage and Access 721
Key Classes Related to Data 722
An Overview of ADO.NET 725
Queries and Resultsets 731
Updating Data Directly to a Database 736
Executing Stored Procedures 744
Managing Cached Data and Schemas 754
Learning by Example: DatabaseExplorer 762
Summary 773
16 Directory Services 775
Key Classes Related to Directory Services 776
Basics of Directory Services 777
Active Directory Schemas 779
Accessing Objects in the Directory 783
Searching a Directory 789
Learning by Example: DirectoryBrower 791
Summary 802
Part III Real-World .NET Programming 803
17 Accessing COM+ Services 805
COM+ Services 806
Creating a Serviced Component 810
Role-Based Security 820
Resource Management 824
Transaction Processing 833
Events 838
Asynchronous Components 843
Summary 848
18 .NET Interop with COM Applications 849
.NET Interop with COM 850
Calling COM from .NET Clients 853
Calling .NET from COM Clients 859
Interop Considerations 863
Summary 867
19 Managing Collections of Objects 869
Managing Collections of Objects 870
Strongly Typed Collections 888
Summary 894
20 Profiling, Debugging, and Exception Handling 895
Handling Errors with Structured Exception Handlers 896
Debugging and Tracing 907
Profiling Applications 918
Summary 923
21 Globalization and Localization Techniques 925
Globalization and Localization 926
Working with Regional Data 932
Resource Files 937
Summary 946
22 Deploying, Configuring, and Licensing .NET Components 949
The Deployment Dilemma 950
The Deployment Solution? 953
The .NET Answer 954
Assemblies: The Basic Unit of Deployment 955
Deploying Private and Shared Components 960
Deploying Assemblies into the GAC 968
Using Application Configuration Files 971
Licensing Your Application 973
Summary 975
A Calling the Win32 API from Managed Code 977
Platform Invoke 978
Consuming API Functions 979
B Win32 API-to-Namespace Cross-Reference 989
C .NET Security Models 1079
Security Policies 1080
Code Access Security 1080
Role-Based Security 1088
D .NET Framework Base Data Types 1091
Index 1095
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