Visual Basic.NET: The Complete Reference

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Master this massive programming language upgrade that raises Visual Basic functionality to the level of the .NET platform. Coverage includes all core topics-plus security, debugging, and helpful information on migrating existing Visual Basic projects to Visual Basic.NET.
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Overview

Master this massive programming language upgrade that raises Visual Basic functionality to the level of the .NET platform. Coverage includes all core topics-plus security, debugging, and helpful information on migrating existing Visual Basic projects to Visual Basic.NET.
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Parts I and II of this comprehensive reference deal with the core constructs of the common language runtime, of Visual Basic .NET, and of using Visual Studio .NET. Part III covers high-level concepts such as inheritance, composition, encapsulation, and interfaces, progressing from fundamental through advanced object-oriented concepts and code construction concepts. Previous knowledge of programing is helpful, and background on the Unified Modeling Language is assumed. Shapiro is a software architect and IT specialist who has written several books on software development and technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072133813
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/4/2002
  • Series: Unknown Series
  • Pages: 901
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Introduction to Visual Basic .NET
1 Software Development and Visual Basic .NET 3
2 Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework 25
Pt. II Visual Basic .NET Fundamentals
3 The Visual Basic .NET Development Environment 61
4 The Elements of Visual Basic .NET 91
5 Visual Basic .NET Operators 159
6 Software Design, Conditional Structures, and Control Flow 195
7 Methods 227
Pt. III Classes and Objects
8 Types, Structures, and Enumerations 297
9 Classes 341
10 Interfaces 405
11 Exceptions: Handling and Classes 437
12 Collections, Arrays, and Other Data Structures 475
13 Advanced Design Concepts: Patterns, Roles, and Relationships 553
14 Advanced Interface Patterns: Adapters, Delegates, and Events 609
15 Data Processing and I/O 657
Pt. IV Writing Software with VB .NET
16 Interfacing with the End User 755
17 Getting Ready to Release 819
Index 865
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    Five stars to master Visual Basic .NET

    When I started investigating Visual Basic .NET it became clear that a ¿complete reference¿ could run to thousands of pages and still not teach you how to program in Visual Basic .NET. I have thus devoted most of this book to five critical areas: Inheritance, interfaces, aggregation, delegates and the core. Concentrate on these five elements, the five stars of this book, and you¿ll soon be writing the software you once never thought you could. Star 1: Learn the core. The first seven chapters cover the core elements that you cannot ignore. Besides the lexical and syntactical elements of Visual Basic, I devoted one chapter to operators, one to control and flow and iteration, and one (long) chapter to methods. Star 2: Fully understand inheritance. Pay no attention to the ¿experts¿ that claim it¿s ¿dangerous,¿ ¿problematic,¿ and ¿unnecessary.¿ Sure, any powerful tool in foolhardy or untrained or undisciplined hands can be dangerous; but that¿s all the more reason to obtain an unshakable understanding of inheritance (and all aspects of OO). The reason: Not only is inheritance one of the three legs of the object-oriented programming stool, it is the keystone of .NET. Without it there is no .NET. Star 3: Understand interfaces like you understand your own soul. I devoted a whole chapter to interfaces and numerous sections in this book and probably covered interfaces more than any other author. Interfaces are the very fabric of polymorphism in .NET. You can write software and pretend interfaces don¿t exist; but know this: unless you master interfaces, you will never be a good .NET programmer. Ignore interfaces and you ignore the neural network of .NET. Star 4: Understand aggregation and composition in OO design and how these patterns are translated to code. Yes inheritance is a critical element as I just said; but it¿s aggregation and composition that allow you to inherit a form or a component that has all kinds of ¿embedded¿ components and controls in it. I cover aggregation in many places in detail. Star 5: Become an expert on delegates and delegation. I spent so much time on delegates my publisher thought I would never finish the book. I have not given you pages and pages of code showing delegates in action; rather I have gone to great lengths to help you understand them, how they are used, what they accomplish and why they were invented (with code of course). Delegates are better understood when compared to interfaces as well as pointers. (Sun hates delegates and loves interfaces (for Java), but Microsoft loves and gives you both in .NET). Delegates are found everywhere in .NET. They are the foundation of the event model, the thread model and more. And they promote the highest level of loose coupling between objects of any OO technology in existence today. If you use the five stars above as your study guideline, and cap what you learn with my chapters on IO, forms, and debugging, you will accumulate the knowledge needed to do anything in any .NET language. This I promise you. Master the above and you master the other .NET technologies, such as ADO.NET, GDI+, ASP.NET, and Web services. Good programming and don¿t hesitate to write me. jshapiro@sdamag.com

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