Synopses & Reviews
With this completely up-to-date tutorial and reference, you'll quickly learn how to develop Visual Basic (VB) programs that leverage the latest features of Vista and .NET 3.0. The tutorial section walks you through VB.NET from scratch, providing you with in-depth descriptions of the development environment, basic program syntax, and standard controls. You'll also explore the fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB.
In the comprehensive reference section, you'll find out how to take advantage of specific VB features. Expert Rod Stephens shows you how to draw images, use GDI+ routines, and generate printed output. You'll also discover how to build an application that interacts with its environment, save and load data in external sources, and use standard dialog controls. This approach makes it easier than ever to learn this powerful language and create your own dynamic programs.
What you will learn from this book
- The best methods for mastering the new features of VB.NET
Steps for implementing custom controls and drag and drop
Ways to use trickier class issues such as private class scope, declaring events, and shared variables and methods
Strategies for creating new classes designed to work with specific data types
How to define an interface using XAML
Techniques for building service-oriented applications using the Windows® Communication Foundation (WCF)
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers at all levels who are either looking to learn Visual Basic .NET or have already mastered it and want some useful tips, tricks, and language details.
Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.
With this completely up-to-date tutorial and reference, you’ll quickly learn how to develop Visual Basic (VB) programs that leverage the latest features of Vista and .NET 3.0. You’ll get in-depth descriptions of the development environment, basic program syntax, and standard controls. Plus, you’ll explore the fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB, discover how to take advantage of specific VB features, learn how to draw images, use GDI+ routines, and generate printed output.
About the Author
Rod Stephens is a VB programming guru, with more than 15 programming books to his credit, inlcuding the original Wrox' Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference. He also writes frequently for such magazines as Visual Basic Developer, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, and Dr. Dobb's Journal.
Table of Contents
About the Author.
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: IDE.
Chapter 2: Controls in General.
Chapter 3: Program and Module Structure.
Chapter 4: Data Types, Variables, and Constants.
Chapter 5: Operators.
Chapter 6: Subroutines and Functions.
Chapter 7: Program Control Statements.
Chapter 8: Error Handling.
Chapter 9: Introduction to Windows Forms Controls.
Chapter 10: Forms.
Chapter 11: Database Controls and Objects.
Chapter 12: Custom Controls.
Chapter 13: Drag and Drop, and the Clipboard.
Chapter 14: UAC Security.
Part II: Object-Oriented Programming.
Chapter 15: OOP Concepts.
Chapter 16: Classes and Structures.
Chapter 17: Namespaces.
Chapter 18: Collection Classes.
Chapter 19: Generics.
Part III: Graphics.
Chapter 20: Drawing Basics.
Chapter 21: Brushes, Pens, and Paths.
Chapter 22: Text.
Chapter 23: Image Processing.
Chapter 24: Printing.
Chapter 25: Reporting.
Chapter 26: Windows Presentation Foundation.
Part IV: Interacting with the Environment.
Chapter 27: Configuration and Resources.
Chapter 28: Streams.
Chapter 29: File-System Objects.
Chapter 30: Windows Workflow Foundation.
Chapter 31: Windows Communication Foundation.
Chapter 32: Useful Namespaces.
Part V: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Useful Control Properties, Methods, and Events.
Appendix B: Variable Declarations and Data Types.
Appendix C: Operators.
Appendix D: Subroutine and Function Declarations.
Appendix E: Control Statements.
Appendix F: Error Handling.
Appendix G: Standard Controls and Components.
Appendix H: WPF Controls.
Appendix I: Visual Basic Power Packs.
Appendix J: Form Objects.
Appendix K: Classes and Structures.
Appendix L: Generics.
Appendix M: Graphics.
Appendix N: Useful Exception Classes.
Appendix O: Date and Time Format Specifiers.
Appendix P: Other Format Specifiers.
Appendix Q: The Application Class.
Appendix R: The My Namespace.
Appendix S: Streams.
Appendix T: File-System Classes.