Synopses & Reviews
With the release of .NET 2.0, the Visual Basic 2005 language has been updated with numerous new programming constructs (XML code documentation, operator overloading, generics, and partial types just to name a few ). Now more than ever, choosing a .NET language boils down to personal preference (rather than a languages feature set).
However, to effectively make use of these language features, developers must have a rock-solid grounding in object-oriented technology, assemblies, and the core .NET technologies. The purpose of Pro VB 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform, Second Edition is to provide you with such a foundation by diving deep into the language of Visual Basic 2005 and the platform of .NET. Thus, rather than simply showing how a code wizard can generate all the code on your behalf, this text will first show you how to author the code yourself so you can alter the generated code to your liking.
Beyond learning all the details of the VB 2005 programming language, you will also dive into the details of building desktop applications (using Windows Forms) and websites (via ASP.NET 2.0), and how to interact with relational databases (? la ADO.NET). Furthermore, you will explore how to build distributed applications using the .NET remoting layer and XML web services. Rest assured, this text will expose you to all the major services of the .NET platform and put you in the perfect position for further exploration.
Proven author Andrew Troelsen has a history of writing award-winning books for professional developers. This book is based on Troelsen's extremely successful "C# and the .NET Platform and is thoroughly updated and revised to cover VB .NET 2005. It offers a thorough and well-paced overview of the new VB .NET 2005 and .NET 2.0. After beginning with a quick tour of the basics, Troelsen focuses on the must-have skill for .NET 2.0 programming: object-oriented programming.
This book addresses the new features in .NET 2.0, such as generics, Windows Forms, web services, XML manipulation, .NET assemblies, and smart clients. It also covers advanced topics like the Intermediate Language (IL), into which all .NET 2.0 code is compiled. Since many of you will continue on the path from earlier versions of VB, this book is well suited to meet your needs.
Pro Visual Basic .NET 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform provides an enjoyable, fast-paced, and comprehensive explanation of Microsoft's new .NET 2.0 technologies. It is based on the author's extremely successful and award winning C# and the .NET Platform and is thoroughly updated and revised for the VB.NET 2005 audience.
The book shares all the traits of its elder sister - being a fully-rounded and well-paced overview of the new VB.NET 2005 language and the .NET 2.0 platform upon which it is based. Aimed at programmers with little previous coding experience (VB6, Java, or VB.NET 2003), this book is all that you need to get up to date with the latest in Microsoft .NET development.
After beginning with a quick tour of the basics, the author focuses on the "must have" skills for .NET 2.0 programming, especially Object-Oriented Programming and the new features in .NET 2.0, such as Generics. He then moves on to more advanced topics, such as the Intermediate Language (IL) into which all .NET 2.0 code is compiled, together with the core skills readers need to have, such as proficiency with Windows Forms, Web Services, XML Manipulation, .NET Assemblies, and Smart Clients.
Table of Contents
Introducing VB .NET and the .NET Platform: The Philosophy of .NET; Building VB.NET Applications.- VB .NET Programming Fundamentals: Fundamentals Part I; Fundamentals Part II.- Object Oriented Programming with VB.NET: Building Encapsulated Classes; Working with Inheritance and Polymorphism; The Garbage Collection Process; Structured Exception Handling; Interface Based Programming; Understanding Delegates and Events; Advanced Class Construction Techniques; Generics.- .NET Assemblies: Understanding .NET Assemblies; Processes, AppDomains and Contexts; Multithreaded Assemblies and Asynchronous Delegates; Type Reflection, Late Binding and Attributes.- Programming with the .NET Libraries: The System.IO Namespace; Object Serialization; The .NET Remoting Layer; Programming with Windows Forms; Graphical Rendering with GDI+; Understanding Smart Clients; XML Manipulation; Data Access with ADO.NET.- Web Applications and XML Web Services: ASP.NET 2.0 Web Pages and Web Controls; ASP.NET 2.0 Web Applications; XML Web Services.