Synopses & Reviews
In this lively, eye-opening, hands-on book, all you need is a computer and the desire to learn how to program with Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition. Featuring a full edition of the software, this fun and highly visual guide walks you through a complete programming projecta desktop weather-reporting applicationfrom start to finish. Youll get an introduction to the Microsoft Visual Studio® development environment and learn how to put the lightweight, easy-to-use tools in Visual Basic Express Edition to work right awaycreating, compiling, testing, and delivering your first ready-to-use program. Youll get expert tips, coaching, and visual examples at each step of the way, along with pointers to additional learning resources.
About the Author
Patrice Pelland, Principal Development Manager, Microsoft, and author of Microsoft Visual C#® 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! and other Microsoft Press® titles.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Who Is This Book For?; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions and Features in This Book; System Requirements; Code Samples; Installing the Code Samples; Using the Code Samples; Uninstalling the Code Samples; Prerelease Software; Technology Updates; Support for This Book; Questions and Comments; About the Author; Dedication; Thanks; Chapter 1: Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition; 1.1 What Is .NET?; 1.2 What Is Visual Basic 2008?; 1.3 Is Visual Basic 2008 an Object-Oriented Programming Language?; 1.4 What Is Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition?; 1.5 In Summary
; Chapter 2: Installing Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition; 2.1 Preparing to Install Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition; 2.2 Installing Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition; 2.3 In summary
; Chapter 3: Creating Your First Applications; 3.1 Three Types of Applications: What Are the Differences?; 3.2 Getting Started with the IDE; 3.3 Building the Projects; 3.4 In Summary
; Chapter 4: Creating Your Own Web Browser in Less Than Five Minutes; 4.1 What Is a Project?; 4.2 What Is the Design Layout?; 4.3 Putting It All Together; 4.4 In Summary; Chapter 5: Using Rapid Application Development Tools with Visual Basic 2008; 5.1 Snapping and Aligning Controls Using Snap Lines; 5.2 Using IntelliSenseYour New Best Friend!; 5.3 Exploring Real-Time Error Detection and Correction; 5.4 Oh, My
My Is Great; 5.5 Renaming; 5.6 Exploring Common Windows Controls; 5.7 What Happens When an Event Is Triggered?; 5.8 In Summary
; Chapter 6: Modifying Your Web Browser; 6.1 Opening Your application; 6.2 Interacting Through Dialog Boxes; 6.3 Having a Professional Look and Feel at Your Fingertips; 6.4 Redoing the Browser; 6.5 In Summary
; Chapter 7: Fixing the Broken Blocks; 7.1 Debugging an Application; 7.2 In Summary
; Chapter 8: Managing the Data; 8.1 What Is a Database?; 8.2 Using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition in Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition; 8.3 What Are ADO.NET, Data Binding, and LINQ?; 8.4 In Summary
; Chapter 9: Building Your Own Weather Tracker Application; 9.1 Exploring the Features of the Weather Tracker Application; 9.2 Creating the Application User Interface; 9.3 Using the MSN Weather Web Service; 9.4 And Now, Just ClickOnce; 9.5 In Summary