Synopses & Reviews
Visual Basic 2008 offers powerful new features, and Accelerated VB 2008 is the fastest path to mastering them, and the rest of Visual Basic, for both experienced Visual Basic programmers moving to VB 2008 and programmers moving to Visual Basic from another object?oriented language. Many books introduce VB, but very few also explain how to use it optimally with the .NET common language runtime (CLR). This book teaches both core Visual Basic language concepts and how to wisely employ VB idioms and object?oriented design patterns to exploit the power of VB and the CLR.
Accelerated VB 2008 is both a rapid tutorial and a permanent reference. You?ll quickly master VB syntax while learning how the CLR simplifies many programming tasks. You?ll also learn best practices that ensure your code will be efficient, reusable, and robust. Why spend months or years discovering the best ways to design and code VB when this book will show you how to do things the right way, right from the start?Comprehensively and concisely explains both Visual Basic 2005 and Visual Basic 2008 features Focuses on the language itself and on how to use Visual Basic 2008 proficiently for all .NET application development Concentrates on how VB features work and how to best use them for robust, high?performance code What you?ll learn How VB works with and exploits the CLR How to use arrays and collections How to handle events with delegates How to design and use generic types and methods How to thread efficiently and robustly How the new VB 2008 anonymous types, lamba expressions, and extension methods work and how to use them Who this book is for
If you're an experienced VB programmer, you need to understand how VB has changed with VB 2008. If youre an experienced object-oriented programmer moving to VB, you want to ramp up quickly in the language while learning the latest features and techniques. In either case, this book is for you. The first three chapters succinctly present VB fundamentals for those new to or reviewing VB. The rest of the book covers all the major VB features in great detail, explaining how they work and how best to use them. Whatever your background or need, you'll treasure this book for as long as you code in VB 2008. Table of Contents VB 2008 Overview VB 2008 Syntax Classes and Structures Methods, Properties, and Fields VB 2008 and the CLR Interfaces Operator Overloading Exception Handling Working with Strings Arrays and Collections Delegates and Events Generics Threading VB 2008 Best Practices LINQ with VB 2008
Using LINQ in VB is possible only because of the new language enhancements to VB 9.0. Readers of Ferrachiati should find Fouche enlightening and vice versa.
Visual Basic 2008 (VB 2008) is relatively easy to learn for anyone familiar with another object-oriented language. Even someone familiar with Visual Basic 6.0 who is looking for an object-oriented language will find VB 2008 easy to pick up. However, though VB 2008, coupled with .NET, provides a quick path for creating simple applications, you still must know a wealth of information and understand how to use it correctly in order to produce sophis- cated, robust, fault-tolerant applications. We teach you what you need to know and explain how best to use your knowledge so that you can quickly develop true VB 2008 expertise. Idioms and design patterns are invaluable for developing and applying expertise, and we show you how to use many of them to create applications that are efficient, robust, fault-tolerant, and exception-safe. Although many are familiar to C++ and Java programmers, some are unique to .NET and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). We show you how to apply these indispen- ble idioms and design techniques to seamlessly integrate your VB 2008 applications with the .NET runtime, focusing on the new capabilities of VB 2008. Design patterns document best practices in application design that many different p- grammers have discovered and rediscovered over time. In fact, .NET itself implements many well-known design patterns. You will see these practices detailed throughout this book. Also, it is important to note that the invaluable tool chest of techniques is evolving constantly.
Accelerated VB 9.0 is the fastest path to VB mastery. All VB programmers need to know and understand how VB really works but very few books address this. None cover it in the depth that this does. It teaches both core VB language concepts and how to use them in high-performance code. All programmers moving to VB from any language or moving up to VB 9.0 from VB 2005 will find this book well worth buying, reading, and using as a reference.