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* Covers all aspects of VB .NET programming in seven self-contained minibooks: Visual Basic .NET Programming Fundamentals, Advanced Visual Basic .NET Programming, The .NET Editor, Object-Oriented Programming, Programming for the Web, Database Programming, and Graphics and Games
* Visual Basic is the primary tool of more than fifty percent of all professional developers, so the upgrade to VB .NET represents a major paradigm shift; this handy all-in-one guide gives them easy access to valuable information
* Guides the reader through getting integrated with the rest of Visual Studio .NET, covers programmatic encryption and other .NET security capabilities, and shows how to program for Web services with VB .NET and ASP.NET
* Companion Web site includes a must-have bonus appendix that provides parallel VB 6 and VB .NET sample code to help VB programmers make the somewhat difficult transition to .NET
Introduction: Welcome to .NET.
Book I The Fundamentals of Visual Basic .NET Programming.
Chapter 1: Getting With the Program.
Chapter 2: Common Tasks.
Chapter 3: Managing Files and Directories.
Chapter 4: Old Concepts in New Clothes.
Book II Tapping the Power of .NET Editor.
Chapter 1: Organizing Your Projects.
Chapter 2: Viewing Your Work.
Chapter 3: Investigating the Toolbox.
Chapter 4: Windows, Windows Everywhere.
Chapter 5: Customization — Doing It Your Way.
Book III Advanced Visual Basic .NET Programming.
Chapter 1: Understanding Variable Types.
Chapter 2: Working with Arrays.
Chapter 3: Serious Serialization and Streams.
Chapter 4: Creating Runtime Controls.
Chapter 5: Overloaded Functions and Parameters.
Chapter 6: Smashing Bugs.
Chapter 7: No More Paranoia — Programmatic Encryption.
Book IV Programming for the Web.
Chapter 1: Introduction to ASP.NET.
Chapter 2: Everything’s Eventual.
Chapter 3: Using ASP.NET Controls.
Chapter 4: Making Database Connections on WebForms.
Chapter 5: Creating a Web Service.
Chapter 6: Bugs in the Web.
Book V Visual Basic .NET Database Programming.
Chapter 1: The Basics of Databases.
Chapter 2: User Interface Techniques.
Chapter 3: Managing DataSets.
Chapter 4: Migrating to ADO.NET.
Chapter 5: Deeper into ADO.NET.
Chapter 6: Querying Data.
Book VI Fun and Games with Graphics.
Chapter 1: You Be Picasso.
Chapter 2: The Creative Photographer.
Chapter 3: Mastering .NET Printing (It’s Complicated Until You Know How).
Chapter 4: Constructing Wolfram Diagrams.
Book VII Visual Basic .NET Object-Oriented Programming.
Chapter 1: Introduction to OOP.
Chapter 2: Creating Classes.
Chapter 3: Inheritance.
Chapter 4: Your First OOP Project.
Chapter 5: Exploiting the .NET Framework.
Appendix: Dictionary of VB.NET.